Enjoy Some Laughs with “Hurts Like a Mother” and Yummy Chocolate!


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Who knew that being a mother could be such a dangerous job?  First, you have to deal with all of the changes to your body during pregnancy, as well as the pain and recovery from childbirth.  Then there is all of the physical stuff that children do – biting, hitting, scratching, kicking, elbowing, etc. (in fact, while I was sitting here and writing this, my daughter came up to me and pulled on my hair really hard).  There are numerous other situations where you do not really expect to be hurt, but it somehow happens.  I cannot even imagine what pain I will endure in the future, whether it is caused by my children themselves or by others, or whether it causes physical, emotional, or mental pain.

I have found that I can better deal with the dangers of motherhood by maintaining a sense of humor, like by reading “Hurts Like a Mother” – a new book written by Jennifer Weiss and Lauren Franklin.  “Hurts Like a Mother” is a “cautionary alphabet” that is a parody of the perils facing mothers.  It includes twenty-six mothers (one for each letter of the alphabet) in different dangerous situations, along with some great illustrations by Ken Lamug.

I really enjoyed reading “Hurts Like a Mother.”  It is a little morbid, but you should keep in mind that it is a parody.  I could certainly relate to some of the situations (like carpal tunnel syndrome from typing preschool applications or asphyxiation from inflating pool toys), and there are others that I am not looking forward to in the future (like teenager attitudes and endless college visits).  It is a fun book to flip through when you are feeling a little out of sorts and need a little help laughing it off.  Things do not seem so bad compared to what the mothers in this book have endured!

I received a “mommy survival kit” that not only included the “Hurts Like a Mother” book, but also came with a prescription for something that is certainly helpful when dealing with difficult mothering situations – chocolate!  Of course, chocolate is great in any situation, but it seems more enjoyable when you really need it.  I also love how the chocolate came in a prescription bottle – it really goes along with the theme of the book.

“Hurts Like a Mother” is published by Doubleday and is available through several online retailers, with prices for the hardcover book ranging from $10.56 to $14.95.  It would make a great gift for yourself or any other mother that needs a little humor in her life!

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About Author

Angela is another Nebraska native, happily married, and the mother of two girls - Kaitlyn (who is 3) and Laurel (who is 1). She also has two fun and furry golden retrievers - Callie and Abbie. Angela is a litigation attorney, working in such areas as commercial law, employment law, family law, real estate law, insurance defense, and school law. In her spare time, she loves to read, watch movies, sew (mostly cross-stitch), and hang out with her family. Angela is new to the blogging world, but is having fun contributing to Eighty MPH Mom!


  1. When my first child broke free from my hand and darted out in front of a car. No one was hurt, but we were all shook up about it.

  2. Jennifer Rogers on

    My youngest was so accident prone! It was a constant watch or we were headed to the emergency room. No problems with first two.

  3. Social media and the unknown of who is sitting behind a computer is a huge worry of mine. Things are so different for kids these days.

  4. Jo-Ann Brightman on

    When my younger son shook off my hand and darted away to pet a dog, nearly getting in an accident.

  5. Emergency c- section was the start and it seems like my kids are constantly trying to injure themselves with furniture, cabinets, doors, you name it

  6. TallulahJane on

    The dangers of motherhood. My daughter now a teen is still extremely clumsy. As a small child she was always running into the corners of walls. Now as a teen she runs into chairs and desks….

  7. I’ve faced the peril of not being able to go to the bathroom by myself. Inevitably, one of the kids feels like they need to talk or they want something. Thanks.

  8. I got separated from my son at a 4th of July celebration. I looked out on a crowd of 10,000 people and thought I would never see him again. Thankfully he found a policeman and we were only apart for about 10 minutes. It was 10 minutes of pure hell.

  9. Laurie Nykaza on

    My hurt was when my son needed a heart transplant at 19 and my daughter had cancer at 7 both are still with us.

  10. Well, one year I spent so much time in the emergency room with my three kids for various sports injuries that the billing department would just call to let me know they had received my eob and did I want to pay the balance with my debit card they had on file? Also, everyone in the office wanted to know what my children had done now.

  11. Motherhood is fraught with danger. We’ve faced my near death with first delivery, a worrisome second pregnancy, a yearlong deployment with a toddler & newborn, postpartum psychosis, a 9-day cross country road trip with 2 children & no electronics, various choking/injuries, home schooling…thinking about it, I am probably most in danger of losing my mind! Lol.

    Rearing children is terrifying

  12. Brenda Burgess on

    I have faced danger when I had to go pick daughter up from a situation one night and it was horrible.

  13. Laurie Emerson on

    The biggest peril I face as a mother is worrying about my kids all time. It seems like such a much more dangerous world today that when I grew up.

  14. Sheila Ritter on

    I have 2 young boys with autism, I feel like I face peril every moment of every day as neither of them understand danger or the concept of getting hurt. It’s a crazy ride but one I’m glad to be on.

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