Book Review: So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood

By Jenny Steadman October 14, 2016
A PDF copy of this book was provided to me for review.

As a mother and a parent, we can feel isolated from the world, especially when our children are small. It can be a struggle to find your village of like-minded people when your days and hours are governed by the schedule of someone who sleeps, eats and poops all of the time. 

But your village is out there. There are so many parents going through the same thing you are at any given time, both in your community and on a larger scale. That's why I love So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood

As a mom, I feel like the internet can be both your best friend and your worst enemy. In it lies an entire world of communication and advice, but there is also competition and multiple sources saying that you are doing everything wrong and your children will be ruined forever!

"Bologna," I say.

So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood reminds you that a) you are doing things just fine, and b) you can not alone. So Glad They Told Me is a collection of essays from 60 moms who have been-there-done-that. This book isn't just for new mothers. Topics cover everything from pregnancy and babies to the teenage years and when they leave you!

It's not all fun and games, though. Some of the essays hit hard topics like pregnancy loss, parenting a transgender child and special needs diagnoses. There is truly a story for everyone. I especially enjoyed learning from the writers who had been through circumstances unfamiliar to me. We all need to tell our story. 

So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood can be found on You can meet the contributors to the book here and find more information on the HerStoriesProject Facebook page. Watch for the #sogladtheytoldme hashtag on social media and share your story too!