I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids

reinventing modern motherhood


by Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile

Love this book.  Love it, love it, love it.  Unlike the last book I reviewed, this one isn’t condescending, offensive or illogical.   It contains brutally honest quotes from mothers of many walks of life about the thankless tasks of parenting that no one warns you about beforehand.    This book explores the perils of modern marriage and motherhood, and poses the question why do mothers feel such overwhelming and debilitating guilt?  A big part of the authors’ theory is that we live with unrealistic expectations, that we think we can do it all and have it all, when in reality, we can’t.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a mother, who knows a mother or who lives with a mother (significant others, I’m looking at  you).  It is an honest look at our daily lives without negativity.
This one is a quick read.  I read it in two days.  It is also well designed and laid out, a plus for this graphics-conscious reader.  Extra-large stack of books.



June 29, 2007. how-to, motherhood.


  1. Devra replied:

    Hi there! We love this book too! We also love that the authors cited our book in it! If you enjoyed their book you also might like ours as it is also written from a positive perspective. Your review of this book echoes just what Aviva and I also felt about the book!

    Our book is in most major libraries, so I’m not trying to spam you into purchasing it! Just wanted to let you know we liked your review and agree too!

  2. Bonnie Berry replied:

    I was so excited to read this since I designed the book. You’ve made my day, so thanks.

    All the Best, Bonnie Berry

  3. letajoy replied:

    Bonnie, I loved your designs on this book! Thanks for commenting!

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