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Welcome to the Motherhood
Welcome to the Motherhood

Welcome to the Motherhood

Grime & Punishment


208 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: September 2004

ISBN 9780966674842

Rights: US, CA, AU & NZ

Medford Books/Plexus Publishing (Sep 2004)
Medford Press

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A celebration of the hilarity of everyday suburban family life and the daily battle of maintaining sanity in motherhood

Humorist Melissa Jarvis offers a hilarious look at American motherhood in an Erma Bombeck tradition updated for a new generation of harried moms. Each of the two dozen stories portrays an amusing real-life situation as the book's protagonist, a busy wife and mother of children aged five to seven, struggles to juggle work and parenting and to cope with the many aspects of modern motherhood for which she is not prepared. The goings-on in this happily dysfunctional household will have mothers laughing out loud as they identify with the frustrations, challenges, and small victories dealing with the Girl Scout cookie business, the terrors of crafting and volunteerism, babysitting nightmares, exotic pets, and foul smells of an unknown origin.


"As I read this book I kept thinking what fun it must be to have Melissa Jarvis for a mother. Her humorous and wry reports from the 'hood' tickled my mind and warmed my heart. Every mom will find the territory familiar but Jarvis gives it a fresh, laugh-out-loud perspective."  —Carol Saline, coauthor, Mothers & Daughters, Sisters, and Best Friends

"Melissa Jarvis is the Master of the mad, mad, mad world of motherhood! Her writing totally captures the fun and fast-paced world of raising kids. A must-read for new moms, old moms, and moms to be!" —Jan King, author, It's a Mom Thing and It's a Girl Thing

Author Biography

Melissa Jarvis is the author of the weekly column "Family Album", which appears in the southern New Jersey newspaper the Courier-Post and is shared with other Gannett Co., Inc. papers nationwide. She lives in Laurel Springs, New Jersey.