So, you think you're the only one in the world who sprayed their dentist with breast milk? Google your latest mishap, and you're bound to find parents who have done far worse. That's because more moms and dads are sharing the good, bad and ugly truth about parenting through their blogs, and the result is both comforting and hilarious.
Jessica Ziegler and Norine Dworkin-McDaniel know, firsthand, just how solid and supportive that community of bloggers is. Just over a year ago, the two came together to create Science of Parenthood (SOP), a blog that applies real science and math principles to the foibles of raising kids ("Newton's First Law of Parenting: A child at rest will remain at rest...until you need your iPad back"). Today, they have a following in the thousands, and an agent is actively shopping their book proposal. Both credit the mom blogging community for creating both a platform and a support group for their hilarious posts sharing the truth about parenting.
"That's what the whole mommy blogging thing is, it's that connection that people want to make when they're in the throes with these little kids, and they think that they're alone or going through these things for the first time," says Ziegler, a web developer and illustrator who handles the art for SOP, while Dworkin-McDaniel, a freelance writer and author handles the writing. "And now, with the huge amount of great bloggers out there, you're not alone, and yes, everybody has been crapped on in the middle of a mall."
We asked Ziegler and Dworkin-McDaniel to share their favorite mom blogs. Here's what they shared:
If you've spent even a nano-second in the parenting corner of the blogosphere, you have undoubtedly come across the fearless, funny, fam-damily stylings of Scary Mommy, People I Want To Punch In The Throat and Moms Who Drink And Swear. But while these fearless gals may be required reading for every mommy with a sense of humor, we wanted to call your attention to a few more funny-folk who tickle us routinely. Be sure to check out:
We first tuned into Robin O'Bryant's crackling Mississippi humor via her New York Times-bestseller, Ketchup Is A Vegetable and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves. And just like her "momoir," O'Bryant's blog posts about her brood are like biting into a warm slice of pecan pie...and finding plastic Barbie shoes between the nuts.
"Awwww, shit..." is how many of Karen Alpert's posts on her ChicagoNow.com-based blog begin. If that isn't a spot-on intro of life at home with two young kids, we don't know what is. "Sometimes I give my kid the finger through the baby monitor for all the shit she put me through that day. It just makes me feel better."
Like Xanax to parental anxiety, Brenna really just wants us all to relax already and quit with the handwringing as we shepherd our offspring through childhood. Plus, she makes a killer dance video!
Bethany Thies is a fantastic storyteller, unflinchingly honest about the not-so-fantastic parts of being a parent. "As the two-year-old screams bloody murder directly into my face, I can't help but notice that the holidays bring out the best in everyone."
We have endured thousands of hours of really terrible kid lit ("Read it again, Mommy!") and take a perverse pleasure in seeing the worst offenders parodied mercilessly in The Character Assassination Carousel. Take that, Max and Ruby!
We found Jason Good in 2011 when his post, Approximately 3 Minutes Inside the Head of My 2-year-old went viral. We were crying with laughter. Lucky for us, he was on Day 215 of his self-imposed project to blog every day for a year.
Raquel D'Apice is a writer and stand-up comic who refocused her laser-like wit on parenting since giving birth in 2013. If you're in the throes of new motherhood, this gal's for you.
Some people say that professional creative director Ilana Wiles makes life with kids look TOO good, but stick with her; she will win you over with contests like Most Epic Baby Hair, Celebrity/Baby Lookalikes and the notorious Baby Glare-Off.
The Bearded Iris (aka Leslie Marinelli) is fearless, and she is more than willing to tell you about the time she sprayed her dentist with breast milk or the day her kid discovered his man parts. Read this, and you'll know you're not alone.
Emmy award-winning TV journalist Pete Wilgoren won our hearts when he realized he'd gone to a pool party without swim trunks and jumped in anyway, 501s and all, so his 5-year-old wouldn't be disappointed. Can you say Dad of the Year?