Book Must: Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak

by Lian on April 26, 2010

Hello, Chaos Crew.Over the new few weeks, I will be celebrating all things Mom in publishing. I have a stack of books in my office nook ready for perfect Mother’s Day Gift-Giving. Up first:   Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak by Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak.

Click here to see Amy and Leigh’s fun blog The Office Moms.

If you, your friend, your sister, your daughter or your cubicle mate is expecting ( or just delivered) and then heading back to work after maternity leave, this funny, insightful how- to guide is a must. Written by two moms who have been through the experience and lived to tell about, Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak is a right on in it’s advice and  no nonsense but hilarious tone. According to the authors, you are  allowed a few months of Pollyanna  Period, but then it’s time to get real about what life with a baby, a job, and the never-ending cycle of “chaos makers” — like business travel sick kids, and childcare breakdowns.

Some of the chapter headings will give you an idea of the realistic, but fun, attitude the author takes on their subject:

  • Congratulations. Now where do I slot “”Baby” in Outlook?
  • Crazy Eyes and Other Signs that You’ve Officially Lost It
  • The Realities of the Working Mom: Business Trips, Diarrhea, a Leaking Roof, Pinkeye, Hand-Foot- and Moth Disease, Whining Employees, Pouting Husbands and Other Issues that Drive You to the Brink On Insanity

What I love about Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak is that the advice is sound, practical and involves no magical thinking. The transition into being a working mother will not be easy, but in a world where 24% of women out-earn their spouses and well over 50% of moms are in the work force, somebody needs to tell it like it is. Enter Leigh and Amy, both of who work for major companies in management. They believe that you shouldn’t bring you home issues to the office, like making your boss you “baby confident”.  Or that returning to work can mean long periods of “faking it” before you are really able to function again at your fullest capacity. Oh, I agree! And, yes, I’ve been there and done with the faking it . I like how-to’s about being working mom  to acknowledge that the first few years will be really tough, that you will make career choices that are not in the best interest of your career, and  that business will not stop because you had a baby. It’s the  truth that even your best friends don’t always tell you.

Thanks, Office Moms, for writing an indispensable guide to surviving working motherhood. And, with excatly the right amount of humor that the subject deserves.

Look for more Mother’s Day related titles in the weeks to come. And feel free to “gift” these books to yourself!

Embracing my Chaos, Lian

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