Scary Mommy Divorce; Parenting Blog Ignorance
The Baltimore Sun and other outlets reported on the impending divorce of Jill and Jeff Smokler, after the couple shared updates on social media.
Jill Smokler founded the Scary Mommy website in 2008 and published several books and e-books, including Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood.
Obviously, on a personal level, this is sad news. No one likes to see another writer in pain. On a more objective level, this bit of news made me confront a reality of my own parenting life: the fact that I don’t read about parenting.
Most likely, I’m the weird one here. Parenting blogs and websites and books can attract huge audiences. I personally just don’t find any of them interesting. The frazzled, hectic, exhausted, “I have baby crap in my hair and I haven’t showered in three days and today I guzzled windshield wiper fluid during an oil change at Jiffy Lube because I thought it was an energy drink” routine doesn’t do it for me. And the “As I watched my boy torture that stray tabby that always hangs around the back alley, I immediately thought of Jeffrey Dammer. But then he caught my eye and smiled and I saw the good natured mischief in a new light. We shared a moment and it made me realize our purpose on this planet” type of Wonder Years awe doesn’t work either.
So my question to you is this:
What parenting blogs should I be reading?