Before I became a Mom, I know I had a lot of “never will I do this with my kids” or “I will do this specifically with my kids” thoughts. But after becoming a parent, I definitely see how any plans or ideas go out the window and you just gotta go with the flow and survive it.
I received the book in exchange for my honest review.
Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids) is a compilation of some wonderful true-life examples of how parenting is never what you expected and can surprise you in so many ways. Some stories were downright hilarious and incredibly fun to read on my lunch break. Some stories were so beautifully written that I wondered if these people had careers as professional writers. Some stories were so relatable and moving that they made me want to reach through the screen and hug the mom who wrote it, and say “Me too, mama! You’re doing great!”
I think this book is a great read for expectant moms as well as “in the trenches” moms because we all can benefit from a little reality and sharing of experiences. Soon-to-be or brand new moms can start to adjust their own expectations and those who have lived through some similar experiences can definitely enjoy relating to the storyteller.
One of my “never will I ever” moments? I used to think I could just continue with the life I had before. I would still go to book clubs and still hang out with non-mom friends and attend author events and do everything I used to do before. I figured someone else can watch the baby and I can do my thang. I didn’t realize how much having a child would take out of me and yet also how I just wouldn’t want to leave him. I spend so much time away at work that when I do have my own time at home, I want to spend it with him, not away from him, but also I am just too dang tired to do any of those things. Rather than my previous “ooh I can’t wait to meet so and so author and get my book signed by her” now I just say “pfft not like I have time to read anyway, I’ll just stay home.” True story.
Edited by: Alexa Bigwarfe and Kerry Rivera
Description: Most of us had grandiose ideas of what we would be like as parents; what we would allow our children to do and all those things we would never allow our children to do. We may have sworn we would never let our child watch more than 30 minutes of television, or sleep in our bed, or eat chicken nuggets or God forbid, cheese from a can (gasp!). Yet, the moment those little bundles of joy entered our lives, reality took over. Soon enough, we realized that before children, we knew nothing about being parents.
From breastfeeding to co-sleeping, pledging to feed our children all natural, home cooked meals and so forth, there often comes a point in time where surviving parenthood supersedes your views and your “nevers” slip away. Right?
Never Will I Ever is a collection of essays by mothers (and one brave dad!) who share their stories of how they evolved as parents and learned that when it comes to raising children, we can never say never.