Journey to the Darkside: SuperMom Goes Home explores the culture shock that results when a woman goes from being a corporate go-getter to being an unpaid chauffeur, chef, and maid. Think you're a pro at dealing with office politics? Wait until you attend your first PTA meeting. Confident in your ability to make sound wardrobe choices? Don't listen too closely to what the other stay-at-home moms are saying at the park. Expect your husband to help out when you're feeling under the weather? Hah!
Part guidebook, part warning, Journey to the Darkside is insightful, hilarious, and brutally honest. It will have moms (stay-at-home or otherwise) laughing out loud—which is a good thing, because otherwise, they might have to cry.
Hmmmm.... stay at home mom. Check. Recently gave up job to stay at home with kids. Check. Wearing sweats because of laziness and excess baby spit up. Check. Checked my email, again . Check.....Wait a minute this book was written for me!!
Kathy Buckworth is a talented writer who has the ability to make this reader laugh out loud while reading. Kudos to her for being honest about the sometimes sad truth about being home with the kids.
Many moms would benefit from reading this sometimes cautionary tale of child-rearing. I can see how some people could be put off by her 'calls it as she sees it voice'. I found it refreshingly honest.
Thanks for the laugh!
As a new mom having to cope with my new lifestyle as stay-at-home mom and putting my career and hobbies on hold to raise my bundle of joy, Kathy Buckworth's arduous experience and unique humour reassures us moms that we're not alone. For all of us already on the same boat or about to commit to a new life sentence, 'Journey to the Darkside' offers us insight on what to expect and look forward to being a mom.
The book's backcover blurb jokes: "It will have moms ... laughing out loud--which is a good thing, because otherwise, they might have to cry." I couldn't agree more!
Kathy Buckworth is the author of two "SuperMom" survival books and popular humor contributor for several Canadian parenting magazines (among many other accomplishments). This time she gives readers an insight into what happens when a working mother decides to stay home with the kids - trading coffee-room politics for PTA-meeting backstabbing, dealing with corporate B.S. to literally wiping sh*t.
How does an ex-Supermom survive it all? For one, with Kathy's tips, and second with a great deal of humor (much of which is decidedly of the self-deprecating variety). We learn how to dress, drive, think, and cope with the stay-at-home lifestyle, much of which means caving to the stereotypical standard: "buhbye" Jimmy Choos, Forbes Magazine, and sporty two-door; "hello" Reebok, Barney & Friends, and the dreaded minivan!
Buckworth pokes fun at the negative aspects of a stay-at-home-mom's life and leaves the feel-good justifications aside. I think this is what's missing here; if you take away the humor, you are left with a bleak picture indeed. Anyone considering starting a family should take this book with a boulder of salt, or it will prove to be the most effective birth control you'll encounter. You may end up frog-marching your man to the vasectomy clinic before the end of the first chapter!
For those of us already in the trenches, at least we can have a good laugh at ourselves! Buckworth's strongly satirical style may seem a little over-the-top for some readers, but I personally thought it was a riot. Go ahead - laugh at yourself for once! It may be the only comic relief you'll have some days.
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