Monday Masters

How Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy Masters Her Mondays

Image Credit: Courtesy of Jill Smokler

Why are Mondays so hard? And do they really have to be? We asked five successful women — an actress, an author, a chemist, a philanthropist, and a budding surgeon — to share their secrets on how they make the first day of the week just a little bit easier.

Ever try to reason with a kid about food, screen time, or even wearing pants? You're not alone.

Long before Bad Moms, there was Scary Mommy, a website that let us know that when it comes to parenthood, it's okay to laugh, cry, and hide out in the basement with a laptop and a beer. Jill Smokler is the original Scary Mommy, first creating the site to deliver an honest and hilarious portrait of her adventures as a stay-at-home mom.

Since then, Jill has become a New York Times bestselling author, and Scary Mommy is a movement. It's a place where 30 million imperfect parents stop by each month to read heart-wrenching and often hysterical tales about parenthood.

Image Credit: Courtesy of Jill Smokler

This Is How Jill Smokler Masters Her Monday

Even though she never thought she'd keep up with the blog, Jill is still with Scary Mommy, currently serving as its president and editor-in-chief. It sounds like a fancy title, but most days she performs those duties on the couch in yoga pants. That schedule also allows her to spend time with her three kids, which means that Monday can sometimes be therapeutic.

For Jill, silence is golden. It's also a reason to look forward to the beginning of the week.

When the kids are in school, I will drive them in my PJs and then come home and bask in the glow of a quiet house. I mean, I sort of do this every day, but after the chaos of weekends, it feels completely luxurious on Mondays. Ahhh ...

Do you work in your PJs or yoga pants on Mondays, too?