One Brave Mom’s Tale Reminds Us That Society Doesn’t Get To Define What A ‘Good Mom’ Is

In her candid memoir, Wild Mama, Carrie Visintainer admits that she grew increasingly anxious while pregnant with her first child. Namely, she worried that she’d have to sacrifice her wanderlust to be a good mother; that she’d have to trade in her passport and her sense of self for parenting books.

But after much inner turmoil and the frustration that accompanies early parenthood, Visintainer finally realizes that maintaining her identity as an adventurer will be a critical aspect of her journey as a mom. Wild Mama explores how Visintainer managed to reconcile her passion for world travel with the social constructs of American motherhood—how she came to recognize the importance of staying true to herself in all phases of life, and especially while raising a happy family.