The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy was definitely not my cup of tea. Before reaching page 100, I'd already started skipping over chunks of narration because I'd lost interest in the main character. Lucy Sweeney gave up her career to stay at home with her three young boys. The diary-like book invites the reader into Lucy's everyday life of chaos that her reaction to her decision has created. Lucy's quirks, meant to be endearing, were annoying, especially her utter lack of organization and inability to tell her kids "no".
Parts of Lucy's situation resonated with me, a work-from-home mother of two young daughters, like the unforgiving piles of laundry, but if the message of this book was to point out the pitfalls of stay-at-home motherhood, it failed because there was no character development. At the end I had no doubt that Lucy would continue down the same road of disorganization and parental chaos at least until her youngest left the house.
I don't usually read a lot of Mommy Lit, but when I do, I'd like to spend my limited free time reading about mothers who've found, or are at least looking for, a way to balance their identity as mothers. We mothers don't have to work, but we should never sacrifice our passions, interests or individual agency for our children no matter how adorable they are.
Carolyn Vines, author of Black and Abroad: Traveling Beyond the Limitations of IdentityBlack and Abroad: Traveling Beyond the Limitations of Identity