As you have read before on my blog, I truly enjoy reading. Okay, enjoy is not the right word. Hold on, let me re-write that. If you have been on my blog before, you may know that I am beyond obsessed with reading. It makes sense, right? I work in a bookstore, so I have to like reading. Well, I have that part nailed.
But wait, I am digressing….
Crystal from MommiFried approached me a few weeks ago about being part of her blog tour. She asked me if I would be interested in reading her book regarding all the hush-hush moments of motherhood that no one wants to admit to having. She termed this aspect of motherhood as a “meltdown”. Okay, it sounded intriguing. After all, I have never had a single moment in my parenting timeline where I have ever had a meltdown. Wait, do you smell that? That odor is the smell of pants being on fire. Yes, liar liar pants on fire. Of course I have had meltdowns before. We all have, yet we seem to think we are the only ones out there that have ever had a moment like that. Right? Right? Wrong.
So in comes the book “Mother Of All Meltdowns“. To quote from A Note To Our Readers, Crystal writes:
If you’re a word nerd, the grammar police, or anything in between, a good dose of Prozac might be in order before you read this book. We’re not about perfection. We’re about sharing brutally honest stories in the best way we know how. “
Okay, it that doesn’t tell you what you are in for, then perhaps you should re-read it. It is really hard to find books out there will so much realism. I am sorry, but parenting isn’t about sunshine roses, play dates and perfect parties, or be June Cleaver or Donna Reed. Let’s get real people, motherhood is a meltdown just waiting to happen.
So what happens when we shed that unrealistic expectation? We get a book that is honest, truthful, and drop dead funny. I will admit, that I laughed my rather large posterior off when reading this book. Found myself nodding more than once, and found humor in the situations presented in this book. I know that it is not good to gain entertainment from others misfortune, but this %&#! was hysterical.
For example, Lisa from The Golden Spoons talk about how she couldn’t wait for her pregnancy to be over. Let’s face it, anyone of us probably felt the same way when we were pregnant. She entertains us with her recollection of the always discussed epidural. Unlike her, I demanded the thing when I felt the first half of a contraction. And still had the never-ending labor. See, real life situation a reader can understand.
The next gem in this goldmine is the chapter termed “The Dirty Dozen”. It contains 12 tips(and a bonus one too) on how to handle things to help prevent a meltdown. Again, where was this stuff when I was a new parent struggling to keep it together? My kids are almost 15 and 12, but after reading this, I was right back to the point where I seriously considered locking myself in the closet when my son got hold of a Sharpie marker and drew artwork on himself.
I could keep going on and on about how hysterical this book is. But I have a better idea: grab a copy and read it yourself. You can buy “Mother Of All Meltdowns” at Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions, or Barnes & Noble in paperback or Nookbook.
With that said, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, take a seat, and enjoy a great read! And when you are finished, take a few minutes and visit the blogs of all the wonderful people that have contributed to this book. I guarantee you will love all their other adventures.
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