Amy Wilson, author of When Did I Get Like This?, on tour April/May 2011

Posted By on February 25, 2011

About When Did I Get Like This?

• Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (April 19, 2011)

When Did I Get Like This? is the hilarious story of one mother’s struggle to shrug off the ridiculous standards of modern parenting, and remember how to enjoy her children

Over the last seven years of long days with little children, I have had many moments of joy, calm, and peaceful reverie.

This book is about the other moments.

Before I became a mother, failing at something did not shake my fundamental belief in my capabilities as a human being. But now that I am the mother of three children under the age of seven, I have one overriding daily thought: I suck at this.

What kind of mother feeds her kids dinosaur chicken nuggets? Three times a week? What kind of mother lets hand washing after using the toilet slide, as long as it was just Number One? And then I wonder: When did I get like this? Why do I doubt my parenting abilities, day after day? Why does motherhood, a job as old as Eve, have me teetering daily on the edge of sanity?

With each new stage of motherhood, I tell myself I will never again be suckered by the question, “Don’t you want what’s best for your children?” And yet, time after time, I am. Sometimes, I am right to obsess. Other times, the record will show, it has been distinctly counterproductive.

I’m working on it . . .

About Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson is the author and performer of the one-woman show Mother Load, which started off-Broadway, and has been touring the country ever since. She made her Broadway debut in the Tony-Award-winning play The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and has appeared in dozens of other plays in New York City. On television, she was a series regular on Norm and Daddio, and appeared on Felicity, Ed, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Deadline, Boston Common, and All My Children. Her film credits include Kinsey, Kissing Jessica Stein, Keeping the Faith, and Ira and Abby.

Her writing appears regularly in Babytalk magazine, on, and on’s “Living” page. Her favorite productions are her three young children, whom she raises with her husband in New York City.

Connect with Amy:

Find out more about Mother Load via the blog, Facebook, and website.

Amy’s Tour Stops

Wednesday, April 20th: Good Girl Gone Redneck

Thursday, April 21st: Book Reviews by Molly

Monday, April 25th: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews

Wednesday, April 27th: Overstuffed

Tuesday, May 3rd: BookNAround

Wednesday, May 4th: Teresa’s Reading Corner

Thursday, May 5th: Busy Moms Who Love to Read

Monday, May 9th: Rundpinne

Thursday, May 12th: StephTheBookworm

Wednesday, May 18th: Proud Book Nerd

Monday, May 23rd: Laura’s Reviews


Leave a Reply

We see and read all comments, but we don't publish them. You can get ahold of us by leaving a comment or by emailing us at and