Katrina Alcorn was a 37-year-old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown. Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey through depression, anxiety, and insomnia - followed by medication, meditation, and therapy - began.
Alcorn wondered how a woman like herself, with a loving husband, a supportive boss, three healthy kids, and a good income, was unable to manage the demands of having a career and a family. Over time, she realized that she wasn't alone. As she questioned other working moms, she realized that many women were struggling to do it all, crashing, and feeling as if they were somehow failing as a result.
Mothers are the breadwinners in two-thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents. Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women's health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about "having it all,” failing miserably, and what comes after.
Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to live and work.
©2013 Katrina Alcorn (P)2013 Katrina Alcorn
Should be required reading for: working mothers, working fathers, SAHMs, stay-at-home-dads, expectant parents, people considering starting a family, single co-workers, bosses, grandparents, politicians, the president. This describes the experience of a well-paid professional family. Just imagine how it plays out in a working class family. Acorn's brave story--and others like it--are changing the world.
I thought I would love this book. I thought the author had some really valid arguments. She definitely relates to working moms and the stress that we can feel however the amount of dramatic emphasis on daily life was too much for me this book caused me anxiety that I don't normally feel. I also think that the author could have some things up a little quicker than she did there was too much description and synonyms all throughout the story that could have been avoided her story was good but it dragged out on and on and on I would not recommend this book to working moms
It was interesting, but didn't really apply to me with children 10 and 13. I was hoping for some more insight on how to not be Maxed Out.
In general, I love audiobooks. I especially love them when they're read by the author. And now with this partnership with amazon (and the audible.com app), the audiobook picks up right where I leave off with the book on my Kindle. So Katrina Alcorn read her awesome book to me in the car, picking up the story where I stopped reading the night before. I love it, since I don't have hours to sit and read quietly (sigh - someday)!
As for the book itself, it is terrific. Readable and relatable and throughly enjoyable because it made me feel like others are in the same boat, trying to earn a living and raise healthy, happy children and and run a household. And not doing it perfectly and sometimes feeling like a big failure. I love that Katrina shared her story without sugarcoating - it is honestly written and I really, really appreciate that! Highly recommended.
I have not read the the print version
First listen by Katrina Alcorn
She's a good narrator but doesn't really add anything I couldn't get if I had read the print version only because of the type of book it is
This is an ok book; it’s interesting to hear of another mother’s struggle that’s not in your immediate circle of friends or family. Unfortunately I can’t continue to read it; I’m a little over half way finished. I can’t help but think it’s a bunch of whining from a rather privileged mother. She has great job with a flexible schedule and 6 figure salary, understanding boss, seemingly awesome husband, housekeeper, gardener, healthy kids and etc. Why is she still complaining? Don’t have multiple children if you are losing your mind with one and cut yourself some slack perfection is not required. She’s neurotic and unrealistic with her expectations of being a good mother. She would probably slit her wrist if she had money problems, stripped away the housekeeper, gardener and had a husband that worked outside the home. I can’t sympathize nor relate to this woman in anyway.
Yes!!! So many people deal with the same issues - too much pressure and not enough time. We all need to remember we're all doing the best we can.
I felt like she was talking about my life.
Her direct feelings about what she went through was apparent.
Definitely BOTH - laughing a little, crying a lot ;-)
The book was a little slowly narrated, I was able to put it on 1.25 speed most of the time.
Mother, wife, avid reader - certified Audible Addict.
I loved Katrina's tenacity and drive and ultimately her humanity and fragility
Apart from the obvious, Katrina, her husband is a model for support and understanding, she is a very lucky lady.
I felt her emotions through her words, it just made the experience more authentic and real
Katrina kept on trying and working, she kept trying different scenarios, she didn't just 'give in or give up'
a lovely story about a very strong and brave lady
Yes, Katrina's voice over makes her story come out clearly and genuinely
It is true and relevant. Many of us can put ourselves in Katrina's place in many situations.
The authenticity of Katrina's emotions and experiences as well her extensive and solid research make the book a doubly attractive. At points, I wanted to reach and give Katrina a hug and at others I was teary eyed remembering how I struggled to balance work and home when my kids were little. The thinking part of my brain got stimulated by her research and conclusions. The last part - call to action, motivated me to adopt some action items for my life. I recommend this book to my 'over'-working moms all over.
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