KLG & Hoda Jill Smokler Hates Hide & Seek & Motherhood Comes Naturally


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Motherhood Comes Naturally Review

Jill Smokler, author of Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies), said not to believe any mother saying motherhood gets easier with time. She said it does not get better. And she knows what she is talking about. She has three children of her own, ages five, seven and nine.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Jill Smokler Scary Mommy

Smokler told the co-hosts she started her blog, Scary Mommy, as a place for her to write down her feelings from the day as a sort of diary for her children when they grew up. She said she wanted to leave them something they could read later on in life and learn about all the fun they had with their mother when they were younger.


It only took a few months for the new mom blog to evolve from online diary to a full blown community of mothers. Smokler said a lot of mothers she has talked to on the blog said they started visiting it because it was different from any other mom blog. It had topics many others would not discuss.

KLG & Hoda Jill Smokler Hates Hide & Seek & Motherhood Comes Naturally

Kathie Lee and Hoda met mother and author of Motherhood Comes Naturally, Jill Smokler, and talked with her about her own parenting habits and advice.

Jill Smokler: Motherhood Does Not Come Naturally

Smokler said the one thing she writes about in her book is how motherhood does not come naturally. She said there is a myth that the moment your child is born you are filled with love and you finally have all the answers to the questions you previously had about raising them. She said that is not the case. Smokler said the love comes easy but you are still lost when it comes to raising a child. Smokler told Kathie Lee and Hoda she is always wrong about her child’s health even though she thinks she knows best.


For example, her daughter fell off the bed one morning and she seemed okay. Two days later, they found out she had a broken arm. Then, when her son had stomach problems she brought him to the ER only to find out he just had gas.

“I always make the wrong call,” Smokler said.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Jill Smokler Doesn’t Share With Children

Smokler said she does not share everything with her children like most mothers do. She said even if she has water and her son is thirsty she tells him to get a drink. She said there is no way he can take a drink and not leave some floaties in the drink.

“They can go in the kitchen and get some water for themselves,” she said.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Jill Smokler Hates Play Dates

Smokler also hates play dates. She said they are awful. She is waiting for the day when she can drop her children off at someone’s house and leave instead of sticking around and making small talk with other mother when she has other stuff to get done.

Smokler also said she hates playing tag unless she gets to a take nap during it. She said one mother on her blog said she only plays hide and seek with her kids when she is tired. She simply hides under her covers and gets in a quick nap.

By the end of the interview, Kathie Lee couldn’t even believe Smokler had more than one kid.


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