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M y twin 2-year-olds, fresh from a weekend at grandma’s, were in desperate need of – what I’d like to call – some serious “de-spoiling”. They seemed to always come back from my in-laws with bellies bloated from tons of unauthorized goodies and mouths ripe to express their distaste for mommy’s apparent penchant for using the word “no”.

Every “no” that I dished out was being met with confusion, meltdowns, and obvious contempt. Grandma and grandpa had spoiled my children rotten. My twins hadn’t heard the word “no” for 48 hours straight, and I was left to pick up the pieces. I was sure that I couldn’t wag my finger, shake my head, or make that journey to the timeout chair anymore. I was spent and on the verge of hysterics.

Just as I began to contemplate my best escape, (out the window, or a bold front door exit?) I glanced at my emails and found a message that made mention of this book: The Mother of All Meltdowns. I had to take a look given that the title was so apropos at that moment.

I was met by 30 women who were sharing wonderful stories – all similar to my own:

Like Lisa Witherspoon and her meltdown in the delivery room, or Danielle Herzog and her doctor’s office hysterics; and C. Lee Reed (a We Got Kidz Brilliant Blogger Broad honoree:)) – she captured my feelings on children’s “firsts” brilliantly – sharing her thoughts and reflections in the most refreshing and explicit way.

Amidst reflecting on her teenage daughter’s milestones, C. Lee chronicled her own meltdown had at the DMV as she watched her daughter receive her drivers license.  C. Lee ended by giving readers a rightful warning to slow down and enjoy every minute with their children.

Here’s an excerpt from her story:

My meltdown officially began the day my only daughter, Beloved, was born. She was a wonderfully unexpected surprise pregnancy (yes, they do happen), and Just Plane Dad and I had no idea what we were in for. Fast forward nine months and my world is completely turned upside down by this beautiful, blonde-haired and blue-eyed girl. It was our beginning…

 

This book had me completely captivated. After I put my children down for their nap, I continued to read story after story chronicling MY life. It was absolutely exhilarating to find that there were other moms out there whose insecurities and concerns about motherhood mirrored my own… I began to relax.

These women were having meltdowns while trying to appease their uncooperative children in the grocery store. [Andrea of BeQuoted]

I’d done that.

There were women snapping while being given unsolicited advice from strangers. [Debra of Urban Moo Cow].

I’d done that too! And reading this book made me realize that having these “moments” was OKAY.

Mom’s have a tendency to hide behind these steely, super-woman façades. Well, these women not only broke down those façades, but they exposed the raw realities of motherhood to the entire world for all to see.

This book sends the message that mothers are imperfect, mothers are vulnerable, and mothers are HUMAN; And each of these women prove these points with sincere stories that bring levity, snark, and honesty to the world of motherhood.

Head over to Amazon and pick up The Mother of All Meltdowns. It’s a brilliant collection of 30 heartwarming, tear-jerking, soul stirring stories that you’ll be so glad you read.

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30 Comments

  1. October 20, 2013 at 9:39 am — Reply

    Thank you for including me in your review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the book and look forward to all the "firsts" that your cutie patootie twins will have.

    Moms (and Dads) need to know that sometimes we lose it…and that's perfectly normal. Thanks!

    • October 20, 2013 at 10:48 am — Reply

      No problem C. Lee!!! It truly was an awesome read. Congratulations on the project!! 🙂

  2. October 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm — Reply

    Love your line that we think we have to show these steely, super-woman facades, because I do feel like I have to grin and bear it a lot. Thankfully, I've learned to deal with it. heh.

    • October 17, 2013 at 10:29 am — Reply

      I think we all deal with it and put on brave faces as best we can. I suppose that's what being a mom is all about. I appreciate you stopping by Melissa! 🙂

  3. October 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm — Reply

    Finally getting a few minutes in between my kids' meltdowns to read your review. And thank you so much Keesha for your awesome review of our book. I can honestly say I am just so proud to be a part of this and happy that our stories resonate with other mothers like you!! 🙂

    • October 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm — Reply

      Girl, I feel you on the kid's meltdowns. With two 2-year-olds, it's always one or the other being dramatic. lol.

      I'm so excited for you guys! The book is absolutely fantastic. 🙂

  4. October 16, 2013 at 9:56 am — Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to review the book, Kesha!And I love your term "de-spoiling" – can I borrow that?

    • October 16, 2013 at 11:29 am — Reply

      Have at it girl! lol. And no problem on the review. It was a great read. Congrats!

  5. October 16, 2013 at 9:53 am — Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful review! I so know what you mean about de-spoiling after a trip to the grandparents' house. Just went through it this weekend!

    • October 16, 2013 at 11:31 am — Reply

      No problem Jennifer! And that "de-spoiling" is rough isn't it? I have to keep telling myself that having people around who want to spoil my children is a good thing. lol.

  6. October 16, 2013 at 9:03 am — Reply

    what a great review! thank you for participating in th

    e fun and games!

  7. October 16, 2013 at 8:31 am — Reply

    Thanks for the great review Kesha! I can't even imagine how much I'd melt down with twins! 🙂 Grandma and Grandpa are always good for spoiling, no matter what the age!

    • October 16, 2013 at 9:18 am — Reply

      No problem Michelle!! So you're telling me that grandma and grandpa are going to continue with all of this spoiling? Jeez. I thought they were laying it on extra thick because my kids are young and cute. lol!

      I suppose it could be worse 😉

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. October 16, 2013 at 7:52 am — Reply

    Thanks so much for this awesome review (and the shout out!). So glad you enjoyed the book!

    • October 16, 2013 at 7:58 am — Reply

      No problem Lisa! It was truly a great read. Glad you went ahead and got that epidural. I was feeling your pain through my Kindle screen. lol!

  9. October 16, 2013 at 7:42 am — Reply

    Thank you again for the wonderful review, Kesha! I have to second what Rabia said…twins gives you an automatic meltdown pass! 🙂

    • October 16, 2013 at 8:02 am — Reply

      No problem Crystal; and I appreciate that pass. Having two 2-year-olds is no joke! lol

  10. October 16, 2013 at 7:39 am — Reply

    Awesome review! Thank you so much. And I know how it is to have your kids returned to you with bloated bellies and an inability to recognize that I said "no."

    • October 16, 2013 at 8:06 am — Reply

      Thanks Tamara!! So you feel me on the grandparents "over-spoiling"? I suppose it's a fantastic thing that they have people in their lives who WANT to spoil them, but on the other hand I'm like, 'Give me a break!' lol!

  11. October 16, 2013 at 7:08 am — Reply

    Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. And I'm so glad you did this review so I could find your blog!!

    • October 16, 2013 at 8:15 am — Reply

      No problem Nicole! I got a kick out of your "milk math" references. I thought of it the same way! Great read.

      Glad you found me too! 🙂

  12. October 16, 2013 at 7:02 am — Reply

    Awesome review!!! I am always inspired by mothers with twins. I believe you are entitled to having double the meltdowns!

    • October 16, 2013 at 8:16 am — Reply

      Thanks Stephanie!!! And trust me – I take full advantage of those extra meltdown privileges. lol!

  13. October 16, 2013 at 6:53 am — Reply

    Thank you for being so relatable Karen! lol. You're my inspiration for when my two little ones become teens. Lawd help me. lol

  14. October 16, 2013 at 6:48 am — Reply

    No problem Angela! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. October 16, 2013 at 6:46 am — Reply

    Thanks for hosting a stop on the blog tour! Glad you enjoyed the book!

  16. October 16, 2013 at 6:44 am — Reply

    Thanks for reviewing the book. I'm so glad you felt you could relate.

  17. October 16, 2013 at 5:22 am — Reply

    Hey Kesha! Thanks for the great review! With twins, I guess you are subject to twice as many meltdowns as the rest of us!!

    • October 16, 2013 at 5:34 am — Reply

      Hi Rabia,

      Glad you liked! I was totally with you on your story of having to only put two pieces of ham on sandwiches. Girl I died at that. lol. The entire book was a great read. Congrats on the project!… And yes, having twins DOES entitle me to twice as many meltdowns. I have at least one daily thanks to them. lol. Gotta love it 🙂

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