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Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood Paperback – April 6, 2010
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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 is a marketing veteran and the coauthor of Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood.
Leigh Oshirak is a marketing veteran and the coauthor of Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood.
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I am a cynic; a full-fledged Type-A perfectionist who has been struggling to "let it go" since I had my first child 4 years ago. Needless to say, it's been a long 4 years, and it's a miracle that we decided to have another child, but I digress. This book is the perfect balance of "we've been there, it sucks" along with "pick yourself up by your bootstraps and carry on - you can do it, and here's how". It provides perspective (from the perspective of people who know how screwed up your perspective can really get when you haven't slept in months and you feel like you're failing at work and at home).
It also made me feel pretty good in that after 4 years, some of the things I've started to rely on for survival were actually documented in this book (feels good to have some backup/validation!).
Things that would improve this book...
1) I wish i read it earlier... market it to the preggos - sell it alongside the EPTs in the pharmacy!
2) Make a Husband's "companion book". I think my meltdown scared hubby enough that he'll read the full book to get us through this, but a "cliff's notes" version for the men would surely make a killing.
So to summarize... 1) this book is awesome, hilarious, and a huge kick in the butt 2) know yourself before you buy it. folks who didn't like it found it too cynical. if you are in denial about the things that suck, and you don't find enjoyment in identifying and laughing at those things... or if you're looking for justification for your habits of killing yourself over little things (rather than tips for re-prioritizing), then you probably won't find humor or support in this book and might be better with the Milk Memos. 3) the only things that would make it better would be to get it out there so it helps people *before* they have the Crazy Eyes, and so that hubbies can participate in the healing.
Carry on, working ladies... Amy and Leigh have our backs!
I only wish I had read it when I was first pregnant!!!
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.