“A boner in the back is not foreplay,” confesses Arlene from Southfield, MI, one of over a hundred moms interviewed in the fun title from Chronicle Books, I Was A Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids.

Authors Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile, two Bay Area moms, found themselves on a “quest to diagnose the underlying symptoms of why moms are so guilt-ridden” when they began researching their book and found a common thread among their interviewees; that it takes about 20 minutes of polite conversation before moms will let go and spill the dirt on the challenges of aligning their expectations of parenthood with reality.

The book is delicious melting pot of a three-martini bitch session, keen observations, practical self-help and quirky humor. With a few quizzes thrown in for good measure.

We love the ‘dirty little secrets’ peppered throughout the book, insight gleaned from the authors’ myriad interviews, “I let my six year old watch Access Hollywood with me” or “I would give up my husband for a housekeeper.” If you’re feeling confessional, you can visit the Really Good Mom website and share your own dirty little secret.

I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids
Chronicle Books, $18.95
www.reallygoodmom.com