I was provided with a free review copy of The Mother of All Meltdowns to facilitate this honest book review.
I think my early days of motherhood would have been so much easier if I’d been blogging then. Or if Facebook had been something used by moms instead of just college students.
Or maybe I just joined the wrong moms’ groups or Gymboree Class.
Because no one around me shared any mom moment that wasn’t perfect. So I thought I was a huge failure because I occasionally had a meltdown.
That’s probably why I so appreciate the book The Mother of All Meltdowns. (That’s an non-affiliate link to the Kindle version, that you can get for $4.99 right now)
What I love best about The Mother of All Meltdowns is that it lets moms know that it’s perfectly normal to have a full-on freak out sometimes. Whether it was caused by some crazy thing our kids did or by that one last item that was piled on top of an already impossible to-do list, it’s okay to let loose with your own mom meltdown.
The moms in this book share their meltdowns over everything from finding out they were pregnant and being freaked by an epidural needle to kids who complain at Disney World, poop messes and more.
I was laughing at the one over a haircut because my boys opened their own hair salon and cut each others’ hair– not just once but twice within DAYS of each other. Though I might only find that funny because mine happened several years ago.
I also appreciated the meltdown over LEGO since I once attempted to reassemble my kindergartener’s Harry Potter 2,000 piece LEGO castle because his brothers had destroyed it while he was at school and OMG, all those pieces, I couldn’t do it and I knew he’d freak out and WHY had I let the littles anywhere near it and WHY couldn’t I put it together when my 5 year old managed to? Total meltdown. The Mother of All Meltdowns showed me I wasn’t the only one who had freaked out over LEGO.
You’ll also find funny bonuses like a Mommy Meltdown Scale with rating categories that I’m pretty sure I need to print out and post in my house and make my family memorize so they know what it means when I yell out “category 4!”
The advice for coping with a mommy meltdown is pretty spot on, too. Though when it says to drink and then “doesn’t have to be wine or liquor. In fact, it’s best to avoid those before 10:00a.m.” I do sort of wonder if maybe that mom needs to learn to joys of the mimosa, particularly the grapefruit mimosa, which is so heavenly. But since there are usually school pick ups that need to happen, I’ll give the benefit of the doubt and figure that doesn’t count weekends.
The Mother of All Meltdowns would be a great read for a new mom, a mom who is going through a rough time and needs a laugh, and even that snotty mom in your moms’ group who acts like she always has her act together- maybe it would make her ‘fess up to her own meltdowns!
Special shout out to friends AnnMarie of Tidbits from the Queen of Chaos, Chris of The Mom Café, and Danielle from Martinis and Minivans for having pieces in The Mother of All Meltdowns. Congrats, ladies!