What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, (Lily, 8, Ben, 6 and Evan, 4) quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect.
Jill’s honest take on parenting has appeared in numerous publications and on television programs, including The Today Show, The New York Times, Good Morning America, Nightline and CNN. The website averages over 2.5 million page views a month and has been recognized with numerous blogging awards. Her first book, Confessions of A Scary Mommy, from Simon and Schuster debuted in April 2012, landing a spot on The New York Times bestseller’s list its first week out and her next book, Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies,) is due out April 2013.
The Scary Mommy Twitter feed, which keeps over 275,000 followers entertained daily, including Tori Spelling, Nicole Ricci, Cynthia McFadden, Holly Robinson Peete and President Obama, is a recommended personality by Twitter itself. The Scary Mommy Facebook pageboasts over 58,000 active fans.In February of 2011, The Scary Mommy Confessional was born. The Confessional offers a private and totally anonymous forum where moms and dads can spill their juicy secrets, their fears and more. Since its launch, the Scary Mommy Confessional has already garneredmore than 256,000 confessions from women and men looking to tell somebody that secret that is eating them up inside. The Scary Mommy Community is a vibrant and thriving meeting place for over 10,000 moms to discuss everything from their fussy babies, to biggest pre-baby regrets to nightmare mother-in-laws. Recently introduced are the Scary Mommy Review Boards, for companies to receive honest feedback on their products from the passionate and engaged community.
Scary Mommy Nation is a non-profit pending 501c3 approval which helps members of the Scary Mommy Community who are financially struggling. It was born from an impromptuThanksgiving fundraiser and has gone on to offer grants of several thousand dollars to moms in dire need, birthday presents to kids who otherwise would have gone without and summer assistance programs.