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:
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.
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.