"The chapter on hating the zoo/playing with my kids in general when they ask me to use my imagination," Hunter said in an interview, "Let's play school! Let's play house! Let's play grocery store! Unless it's a board game WE actually like, please do not ask us to play a game that involves using our imagination. We used that up by the time we were 13."
Count Hunter, a beauty and weight-loss coach, among moms who never felt a kinship with those who read each piece of paper that comes home from school, have dry erase boards listing deadlines for homework and fulfill the teacher's wish list of supplies five minutes after said supplies are requested.
The two daughters of Jelly Belly mom Robyn Roth-Moise in Manhattan are grown now, but she bought several copies of the book for friends.
"I can remember having to go to the store and my daughter had chicken pox and there was no one to watch her," she said. "So I did what every mom does, wrapped her up and prayed no one noticed her. Did I feel guilty? Yes. Did I have another option? No."
Corporate trainer Liz Wolfe in New York has an 11-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, the latter being the follower of chocolate chips — not, for the record, directly to bed but to the bathroom sink first to brush her teeth.
Wolfe is often frustrated by parenting experts and plans to hop on the "Sh-tty Mom" bandwagon.
"Here I am, a college educated business owner, making all kinds of good stuff happen in my life, and I still can't live up to the ideal mother image," she said. "I wish my kid loved to do homework, or was one of those kids who came when I called them etc., etc., but sadly they don't. Short of beating them into submission, I simply do the best I can."
For Ybarbo, who has four Emmys and two kids, best sometimes means locking herself in a closet for a work call while her kids are in front of the TV watching "Top Gear."
Zoellner, with three Emmys of her own and two kids, says having it all isn't a myth if it means having it all on alternating weeks — one filled with vegetables and the next with too many cupcakes.
"Some weeks you can do it all. Some weeks you can't do it all. Some weeks we're shitty moms. Some weeks we're shitty wives. Some weeks we're shitty producers," she said. "It's really all about laughing at those less-than-perfect moments."
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