Mommy Burnout

How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the Process
Narrated by: Lisa Larsen
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The ultimate handbook for the modern mother: a practical, and positive tool to help free women from the debilitating notion of being the "perfect mom", filled with funny and all too relatable true-life stories and realistic suggestions to stop the burnout cycle, and protect our kids from the damage burnout can cause.

Moms, do you feel tired? Overwhelmed? Have you continually put off the things you need to do for you? Do you feel like it's all worth it because your kids are happy? Are you "over" being a mother? If you answered yes to these questions, you're not alone. Parents today want to create the ideal childhood for their children. Women strive to be the picture-perfect Pinterest mother that looks amazing, hosts the best birthday parties in town, posts the most "liked" photos, and serves delicious, nutritious home-cooked meals in her neat, organized home after ferrying the kids to school and a host of extracurricular activities on time.

This drive, while noble, can also be destructive, causing stress and anxiety that leads to "mommy burnout". Psychologist and family counselor Dr. Sheryl Ziegler is well-versed in the stress that moms face, and the burden of guilt they carry because they often feel like they aren't doing enough for their kids' happiness. A mother of three herself, Dr. Z - as she's affectionately known by her many patients - recognizes and understands that modern moms are all too often plagued by exhaustion, failure, isolation, self-doubt, and a general lack of self-love, and their families are also feeling the effects, too.

Over the last 19 years working with families and children, Dr. Z has devised a prescriptive program for addressing "mommy burnout" - teaching moms that they can learn to re-energize themselves and still feel good about their families and their lives. In this warm and empathetic guide, she examines this modern epidemic among mothers who put their children's happiness above their own, and offers empowering, proven solutions for alleviating this condition, saving marriages and keeping kids happy in the process.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Dr. Sheryl Ziegler (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Ok

Ok so this book started off good. I was thinking to myself at first, ok I can totally relate but I was looking more for a book that also made me feel good. As a mom of 3 that stays home with her kids, this book gave me more anxiety bc it pointed out things that I may do from time to time that are in no way a problem for my life but it can make u feel like they are, if that makes sense. It had some good info and it was nice to hear stories of other moms but it’s not a feel good book. At least it wasn’t for me. I felt more anxious and found it hard to finish the last few chapters. It almost felt like a parent telling me “you shouldn’t have a glass of wine to relax at the end of the day”. Ummm with 3 kids a glass of wine once in a while is what every mama needs, sorry just being honest lol. Maybe some people take it too far but this moms got her shot straight and sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do to keep on going. Worth a read but I like the book “girl go wash your face” a million times better bc it made me feel human, good and like it’s ok to have bad days. This book not so much.

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For a very specific audience

If your problems are external this book is not for you.

I assume the intended audience is perfectionists who are the architects of their own misery. Boxed in by expectations and obsessed with appearance and the opinions of strangers. That was certainly who the composites were about.

As someone whose issues are external it was highly triggering to listen to a book written to address the problems of prividelge.

If you don't have a supportive spouse, some high acheiving kids, an extensive network of longtime long distance friends, a second network of newer mom friends, and a therapist this is probably not going to be your book either.

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can't relate-but will try techniques

would like stories of mothers living in working poor households, which adds to burn out.

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A must read for the Busy Mom

So eye opening, I wish every mom could read this. Excellent insight and encouragement for the stay at home mom and the working mom.

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So good!

This was exactly what I needed to listen to. It helped me realize I am not alone and felt like I was getting advice from an in person therapist.

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I have been looking for something like this my whole life

If you feel like motherhood has sucked everything out of you this book is for you. It let’s you know we as mothers are not alone. It is okay to feel this way. You get to see how several mothers have dealt with this. Why is this book not a best seller... I don’t know but it should be. It was so addicting I binge read it in one day

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Narrator was better than most others. This is definitely a guideline though, not a fix.

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Great basic knowledge

This book provides a great set of basic knowledge about burnout for stay at home moms. As a practicing clinician and Psychology professor, I think that the book lacked inclusivity, diversity, complexity, and addressing burnout for parents that work multiple jobs with the parenting responsibilities. As a same sex couple, the speak about husbands was accurate but exclusive. it would have been more effective to share stories from multiple lenses and types of moms. I started the book because the author was a clinician and I assumed that I would hear more about her experience with balance, not just focused on stay at home moms. The neurological and physiological aspects of the book were well placed and educational for most! I would recommend for clients who were stay at home moms possibly but not clinicians. The audience is very specific here.

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I recommend for all mommies! Although it's focused around mom's of older children & I have a toddler, I found it very helpful. It helped me identify some of my problem behaviors and aided me with lots of new methods to care for myself!

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Inauthentic

Maybe my expectations were too high after a streak of really good booms but I found this one, its stories and research, to be highly disappointing. The format was stories of one really dramatic burned-out mom after another with different and not so relatable scenarios that seemed to be stereotypical, followed by a “prescription plan” that was obvious. Example (paraphrased): if you stopped talking to all of your old friends and feel isolated then you should call someone and talk to neighbors...
I really wanted to stay engaged, and I tried through more than half of the book but I couldn’t devote any more time to something that the author rush-published to make money off of moms that barely have time to enjoy GOOD books.
I tried- I really wanted to enjoy this book and maybe even learn something as reading is my refuge- but this book was ultimately a disappointment!