At the beginning of the month I had the opportunity to receive a free copy of The Mother of All Meltdowns before it was published, in exchange for an honest review of the book. Since reading it the first time I have both purchased and won a copy of MoAM. Iâ€™ve read it again and talked about it to many, many people. Itâ€™s more than funny, itâ€™s real and itâ€™s good. Itâ€™s more than what I expected and I would recommend it to all moms. And some dads. And anyone who is thinking of having kids. And anyone who doesnâ€™t want kids, because some of these stories, well, theyâ€™re going to confirm your choices. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Did you ever have one of those days? You know what Iâ€™m talking aboutâ€¦the one where everything just goes wrongâ€¦or maybe everything goes right and one really big thing goes wrong? And you just lose your shâ€¦um, cool?
Remember how nice it was that no one but the kids saw you or only the customer service rep on the other end of the line heard you?
Would you ever share that moment outside of your closest friends? Like over a couple of drinks so you could laugh (hopefully) and make fun of yourself and release some of the embarrassment in a controlled setting so you could feel a little better about the whole nasty scene?
Would you share it with the whole reading world?
If the thought of sharing your own private meltdown with everybody and their brother doesnâ€™t sound like fun, then you have to witness first hand when others do.
Because it is fun when others do.
Knowing someone else has behaved the same or possibly worse than youâ€¦well, it just feels good to know you arenâ€™t the only â€œdrill sergeantâ€ (like Marcia from Menopausal Mother) or â€œcrazy mother who yells at doctorsâ€ (like Michelle from A Dish of Daily Life), or “backpack flinging lunatic” (like Angela from Writer Mom’s Blog) or even â€œpanicked crazy lady who doesnâ€™t want to admit she lost her wedding ringâ€ (like Tamara from Tamara Like Camera.)
I, personally, am all of these moms. So Iâ€™m way more eager to share their stories with you than my own. Unless, of course, youâ€™ve got wine, Iâ€™m easily persuaded.
When I received MoAM, I was pretty much expecting to laugh my way through the book. I expected light and embarrassing and very funny. I got exactly what I expected but I got so much more than that, too.
I got heart-breaking honesty from Alexa B (No Holding Back) and a slap of reality from Ginny Marie (Lemon Drop Pie). Iâ€™m sure Ginnyâ€™s story is funny for someone but for me I think she had a hidden camera in my house.
My favorite story, and I was having a tough time deciding all the way through the book â€“ â€œthis oneâ€™s my favorite, noâ€¦this oneâ€™s my favorite, no, waitâ€¦this one, yes, this oneâ€™s my favorite!â€ until I read Kristenâ€™s. This one is my favorite. Kristen from Four Hens and a Rooster wrote my favorite story. I just read it again to be certain and I am. Itâ€™s my favorite.
Whatâ€™s the big deal? Whyâ€™s it so special? Itâ€™s like many of the stories in the book, in that I can relate. As a mom, there are parts of me on display all through the stories of MoAM. But thereâ€™s just something about this story, there was no other that I related to more.
From dealing with attitude from our kids, being (probably even more than they are) excited for their new experiences, to breaking down when they knowingly hurt you and push you past your limits to, finally, knowing deep down that something is wrong and they are keeping it from you. She touches on some typical experiences but shares the emotion behind it. And thatâ€™s what you donâ€™t always get.
You may see a mom snap or storm out of a room or speak sharply to their child but you donâ€™t see her when she sits in the car with her hurt feelings and broken heart because â€œsomething is not right.â€
You need to read it. This story and all of the others because you will feel better after you do. You will feel like you just made 30 friends and you will want to email at least half of them to find out what happened next.
You will feel better because you will see that even that crazy, ridiculous circumstance that couldnâ€™t possibly happen to anyone elseâ€¦already happened to someone else. And itâ€™s funny.
Next week Iâ€™ll be hosting a giveaway of The Mother of All Meltdowns when I post my own meltdown.
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