All of the sudden, it seems, bragging about being a "terrible" or "reckless" parent is in vogue
... at least if you want a book deal. As Mother's Day approaches, publishers have unleashed a series of books targeted at, who would've guessed, mothers. In years past it was the aspirational tales of perfection that crowded the shelves. Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother
and Bringing Up Bébé
told tales of how to be the perfect parent. Those books may be well and good, but the truth is parenting is rarely perfect. We all have the best of intentions, but do we really reach them? Aspiration may be a good thing, but what about a dose of reality? This year, stories of drunk, slacking, cursing Moms are being served up as the perfect Mother's Day gift. It appears if you want to win the title of "Mother of the Year,"
you need to get real.
-By Buzz Bishop
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