The Mother of All Meltdowns
Crystal Ponti, editor (anthology)
Every mother, at some point, inevitably becomes her own worst enemy. In a millisecond, her halo crumbles and she has a moment so crazed it is forever known as the one—The Mother of All Meltdowns. Some of today’s hottest bloggers bare all (well, not quite like that) in this eye-opening, mind-blowing anthology. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and have your mouth fall open in disbelief. At times, they are so far from angelic, they make Attila the Hun look like Mother Teresa. So pour yourself a glass of wine, curl up in your favorite comfy chair, and enjoy a little motherly mayhem on us. If you’re a mom, you’ve definitely earned it.
A collection of parenting humor pieces drawn from real-life experience brings together 30 authors from the prolific mommy blogosphere on the topic of the adult tantrum. As shown here, this kind of spontaneous emotional explosion can occur at home, in the car, in the grocery store, or anytime when life becomes too much. Most of the crises come from everyday troubles, like broken glass, smeared poop, and shattered Lego models, though a few notable pieces, including Michelle Nahom’s essay about having a critically ill child and Kristi Rieger Campbell’s touching self-exploration about having a child on the autism spectrum, tackle more serious concerns. Nearly all these bloggers are well-versed in the art of self-deprecation, and any one of the stories should draw sympathetic chuckles from women trying to forgive themselves for lapses in their cool in the face of daily frustrations. The anthology does, however, suffer from a narrowly middle-class, suburban perspective that makes it feel repetitive while missing an opportunity to celebrate the universality of parenting across geographic, ethnic, and social class lines. Though these expressions of maternal frustration are slight, they may provide a moment of understanding just when it’s most needed. (BookLife)