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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583333703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583333709
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Balance Is a Crock provides straightforward advice from moms who know your pain. For the working mom who is under stress, this book is like a spa day for your psyche!"
-Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay

"An indispensible and laugh-out-loud hilarious bible for working mothers. You definitely cannot have it all but having this book will help you keep your sanity."
-Amy Sohn, author of Prospect Park West

"You needn't be an office-dweller to benefit from their wisdom: Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak is for every mother who has felt she was juggling too many jobs to do any of them well, for every mother bedeviled by guilt and the endless hamster-wheel pursuit of perfection. In other words, for all of us."
-Alexa Stevenson, author of Half Baked and creator of Flotsam (flotsamblog.com)

"A must read for all those who struggle to manage the chaos of modern motherhood."
-Amy Keroes, Founder & CEO, mommytracked.com

"This wickedly funny book debunks once and for all the myth that you can balance children and anything else in life, offering comfort, smart advice and humor for those times when motherhood feels like a sitcom in which you are the only audience member."
-Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of Crazy Love and Mommy Wars, and columnist for Mommy Tracked

"Like a bracing, affectionate talking to from a (funnier and more experienced) dear friend, Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak is the perfect irreverent self-help manifesto for any working mom who struggles to keep it together. That is: just about all of us."
-Kristin van Ogtrop, Editor of Real Simple and author of Just Let Me Lie Down

"Get ready to laugh out loud, Balance Is a Crock provides no-nonsense, tell-it-how-it-is advice and practical tips for any mom who is trying to navigate working motherhood. No matter what age or stage your kids are in, this book will remind you that one of the most invaluable assets you need to survive is your sense of humor."
-Cate Colburn-Smith and Andrea Serrette, authors of The Milk Memos

About the Author

Amy Eschliman holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and works in business development for a national retailer.

Leigh Oshirak has worked in publicity and marketing for major film studios and brands, including Disney, Joe Boxer, and the nation's leading home furnishings retailer. The authors live in California, and are bloggers at the theofficemoms.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book is full of humor and wit.
Paige Graziaino
This book has really allowed me to feel like I'm not alone and helps me see the humor in working motherhood.
kris
It has been a long time since I laughed out loud reading a book that was also helpful at the same time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lyndsay on April 15, 2010
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I have a six week old baby. Reading books is not something I'm doing these days. But, I'd seen this on Amazon when I was pregnant and had pre-ordered a copy. It arrived last week and I flipped it open when I had a minute. I now CANNOT stop reading and re-reading it! Amy and Leigh are hilarious and somehow manage to deliver incredibly useful tidbits while making me giggle.

I've dog-eared dozens of pages to get me through returning to work (lots in the "Fake It Till You Make It" chapter). I LOVE this book. I've bought copies for all my maternity-leave friends and will continue to give it as my baby shower gift of choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stefani on March 28, 2013
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From reading other reviews I was looking forward to a funny book that would have me laughing about being a nursing, working, pumping new mom. Instead I just felt like the authors were incredibly cynical and negative with no real positive viewpoints. I suppose I should have gathered that from the book title!

I am only working 3 days a week so maybe life really is that bad for moms who work 5 days a week. I don't know. But I do know that as a new mom I want encouragement! I want to hear advice for how to make the best of a situation, which they do offer, but I want it in a more positive light.

I think maybe this book just isn't my type of humor because obviously plenty of people loved it and found it hilarious. Maybe if you're more of a pessimist with a cynical, jaded point of view, you'll enjoy this book. But I'm an optimist with a rosy point of view and I did not enjoy this book at all.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sheri on September 5, 2011
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I was hoping to get some positive feedback from this book, but for the most part the authors take a very pessimistic approach when writing about working motherhood. Saying things like "your life is about to suck even more" is just not something you want to read, but I wouldn't want to read a book that sugar coats things either. I had to skip to part III since my child is older and the first two parts are for people who are pregnant or have a young baby and surviving motherhood. So, I would have to say it was an okay book for the money. DO not buy if you have an older child bc more than half the book doesn't pertain to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paige Graziaino on April 10, 2010
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When this arrived on my doorstep on Thursday...I tried to save it for reading after the kiddos went to bed. But, made the mistake of "just taking a peek" and before I knew it, I couldn't put it down and was laughing out loud to myself. I somehow managed to cook dinner that night while reading the book as it was propped up on the counter. Tons of great gems of advice from these ladies. Stuff I wish I had put in place when I returned to work. This is a must for those moms just getting back to work after maternity leave, it will make the transition less scary and more 'doable'. The book is full of humor and wit. A bought several copies to pass out to friends and other office moms...so far they have all laughed out loud and really enjoyed the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandi on July 31, 2011
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I bought this book expecting it to be another boring list of tips and tricks I could write myself - order takeout, ask for help when you need it, sort your children's clothes by day so you can find them, blahblahblah. I was pleasantly surprised. The authors bring wit and levity to what can sometimes seem like a desperate situation - the day to day balancing act that IS working motherhood. I truly appreciated the way the book was organized, the tips and hints they offered, and the fact that they accepted that some mothers *gasp* really are earning at least half their family's income and can't just quit when things get tough. This book gets to the nitty gritty of managing a full time (or more than full time) job along with family life, while managing to stay mostly sane in the process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kris on July 9, 2012
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I bought this book because I was starting to have my first meltdown after returning to work when my baby was 8 weeks old. Initially I hit the ground running and felt like I could do it all, including working out seven days a week at my pre-pregnancy extreme intensity. After about two weeks all hell broke loose and I started to crash. This book has really allowed me to feel like I'm not alone and helps me see the humor in working motherhood. I have started to take a less aggressive approach to life; this book opened my eyes a little AND was very entertaining.

I only wish I had read it when I was first pregnant!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Jones on April 16, 2010
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Amy and Leigh, THANK YOU for reminding me that I'm not alone, that crazy eyes are a right of passage, and being functional while comatose comes with the territory. As the reviews indicate, this book is hysterical and Lord knows I could use a dose of funny every now and again. But what I appreciated most about this book was the honest view of what "motherhood" can do to a perfectly normal woman. I felt understood and found myself nodding and shouting out an occasional "Amen" when I saw myself, and every mother I know emerging from the pages. Where oh where was this book 6 years ago when my precious first born came into my life--the pain I could have been spared--the chuckle I could have had!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hana on January 7, 2012
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I loved this book. I hate self-help books but wanted something that told it as it is and made me feel I wasn't alone as a working mom who struggles with issues such as guilt, time management crises, and a general sense of incompetence a lot of the time. This book didn't fluff it but also gives tables and time saving tips that are really nicely laid out, and you may have already achieved a lot of it, but even if it is just to make you feel like you have already done the most you can do, this book is worth it.
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