Monday, November 18, 2013

The Mother Of All Meltdowns Review (These Are My People!)

I've had many meltdowns before.

I am not one of those mothers who keep their cool. I yell. I curse. I admit that. And sometimes I feel guilty for yelling. And cursing.

Then I read The Mother Of All Meltdowns and didn't feel so bad.

The Mother Of All Meltdowns has a bunch of essays written by 30 bloggers about, well, parenting meltdowns. I immediately connected with Lisa Witherspoon in her Not According To Plan story. She writes about how she gained like 50 pounds with her pregnancies and basically swelled up. Me too, Lisa. Me too. I still think Kate Middleton is a freak of nature for looking so good throughout her pregnancy. Clearly she's an alien. Anyway, Lisa mentions having a meltdown as she went to the hospital to have the baby because it was taking so long. She just wanted her baby OUT. I've been there. I didn't want to linger. I wanted to push once and have my baby. Preferably clean because I don't deal well with blood and goo caked on the kid.

I giggled through You're At The Happiest Place On Earth. Why Are You Crying? by Dana Hemelt where she writes about how her kid cried at Disney World. Well, we were at Disney World in June and had some meltdowns of our own. I get it, Dana. My husband was deployed so it was me with two kids, who occasionally got cranky thanks to the heat and all the people.

I cringed as I read As Poop Would Have It by Natasha Peter. Neither of my children have ever spread poop around, thank goodness....but my daughter was a nudist. As she got older, she'd at least put some underwear on. She tries to get away with that now but my husband insists that she put some clothes on. "Come on Natalie, the neighbors might see!" he tries to explain. "So?" Natalie answers. "They'll like my Pinkie Pie panties!"

There are so many other fabulous stories that I really enjoyed reading, many from bloggers that I read daily. I laughed out loud many times which either would startle the cat or my husband who'd be like, "What's going on over there? Did you burn something again?" (I do laugh when I burn things followed by going, "Cooking is just the worst! Martha Stewart LIES!" Or I just yell. And curse.)

Read this book! You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll laugh some more. If you're buying Christmas gifts, get your loved one this book! You can purchase it on Kindle here or you can purchase a copy of the book here. It's less than ten bucks!

Now, if you'll excuse me, as I was writing this review I heard a loud bang from my daughter's room.

I might be having my own meltdown....

Wish me luck.

If you want to learn more about the book follow on Twitter here.

**I was contacted by Crystal from MommiFried about doing this review. I was given a free copy of the book for my truthful opinions.**


  1. Thanks for the great review! I had to laugh when I read Dana's too...we had meltdowns at Disney too! Actually it was really nice reading all the stories and knowing I was not alone!!

  2. We're actually going to Disney this winter, I think, and I'll probably take the book with me to read Dana's story again and again.
    Thank you for reviewing our book! We are your people! You are our person.

  3. I hope you didn't end up in a big mommy meltdown after writing this review! At least you don't feel alone, right? Thanks for the great review!

  4. Thanks for the review Amber! I'm glad you liked it!

    P.S. My kids are nudists too. Hubby can't stand it either.

  5. Great review!!! I've been saving mine for one of those days when I need some good laughs - right around the holidays!!!

  6. Great review!!! I've been saving mine for one of those days when I need some good laughs - right around the holidays!!!

  7. Great review! It's so nice to know we aren't alone (I yell and curse, too). I have four kids: two boys and two girls. Three out of four of them are nudists. We're classy like that. My neighbors must love us.

  8. Thanks for the awesome review! Glad you survived Disney; we are going back in April and I'm hoping we are meltdown free!

  9. Yeah, I have meltdowns too, sometimes of epic proportions. I'll have to check this book out!

  10. Sounds like a really cute book.

  11. Since contributing to the book, I've had enough meltdowns to write an entire series. 2 year old = meltdown maker... Thanks for the awesome review!

  12. I could always use a good laugh at the end of the day after being reminded what an idiot I am.

    By the kid.


  13. What a great review! Thanks so much, and also for stopping by today!

  14. I should totally have been an author in this book, I have stories upon stories that horrify people. I'm having a meltdown today because my five year old was bullied big time at school today. Came home with broken glasses. I'm LIVID. Sent a heavily worded note to the teacher.

  15. Love your review! Thank you so much for hosting MOAM and reading the book! Let me know if I can return the favor in any way. :)

  16. I have my very own nudist colony here too! I had the unfortunate experience of walking into my 9 year old son's bedroom the other morning to see if he was up.... Yep! up! playing his DS...naked. thanks for that.
    honestly, when did he become just like a man? LOL
    Sounds like a great read - I think I will add it to me Amazon wishlist.

  17. Right now, all I cam imagine is how many stories you have written down for your kids to read when they've grown. They're all on your blogs. They're going to love it. Before I started blogging, I would save my sister's emails of stories of my niece and nephew's antics. Now and then when I run across them it makes me chuckle. They're not old enough yet, but I can't wait to share with them when they've crossed the threshold of appreciation for things they used to do as a child.

  18. What a GREAT review!! Thanks so much for sharing our work with your wonderful readers, Amber!! I am so glad I met you, following you now!

    MOST sincerely-
    Chris- the "Where's The Cheese?" mom.


  19. Loved this book! I got it the day it came out.

  20. I am so glad that we're over the Disney meltdown stage. Well my daughter is...we're not! ha ha

    Great review and thanks for giving the shout outs to everyone-we all appreciate it.


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