Moms - and Dads - Mommy Burnout is a must-read book! If you have little people running or crawling around your house you are at risk of burnout or may even be in the midst of burnout right now. Do yourself a gigantic favor and read this book. It is written by Dr. Sheryl Ziegler, a Doctor of Psychology and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado.
It might seem ironic for a Dad to read and review a book titled Mommy Burnout, but I've known Sheryl's husband, Steve Ziegler, for 25+ years since our CU Boulder days, so I very much wanted to read this book. Also, my wife Marcia Pritchard is a Licensed Professional Counselor, so I enjoy reading parenting books like this and then discussing the books with her. I'll share my top 5 takeaways on this wonderful book below.
1. Mommy Burnout has 10 terrific and relevant chapters. Read through the book's table of contents on the image above, and I have a hunch a few of these chapters and subtitles will strike a chord with you. If so, read those chapters first. This book is structured such that you can skip around to the chapters you most need to read right away. That said, I encourage you to still read the entire book, as you will gain some important insights now for a future potentially challenging parenting season.
2. Each chapter balances real-life stories with practical advice. Sheryl does a great job of sharing relevant stories of Moms navigating parenting challenges, based on the chapter titles. These stories bring great humanity to this book, along with an opportunity for an emotional connection to the chapter's subject. Wonderfully, Sheryl doesn't stop with stories. She brings in several action items for you to consider in each chapter. I found her advice to be immensely practical and applicable.
3. Dads, Grandparents, and friends of Moms should read this book too. While this book is clearly written for Moms, I think that Dads should read this book because so much of it is relevant to us as parents too. I also think it is important for Moms and Dads to be aligned on parenting strategies. And many Dads are in the primary parenting role while many Moms are in the primary breadwinner role, so "Daddy Burnout" is possible too. Additionally, I do think Grandparents and friends of Moms should read this book because you all can be so helpful in reducing parenting stress and preventing burnout. Basically, if you're an adult, read this book. :)
4. Sheryl invested 7 years of her time in writing this book, and it shows. In the introduction chapter Sheryl shares how this book ultimately took her 7 years to write. This was because she was working as a therapist and raising three kids with her husband. I do think this book is all the better because it was created over time and not cranked out quickly. Sheryl's experience in therapy and as a Mom over time helped craft this into a great book.
5. This $27 book is incredibly affordable therapy. Sheryl makes a great point in her concluding chapter that therapy or medicine may be needed for some parents in the midst of burnout, but community is needed for all parents. I agree that we are stronger together. That said, I think you could spend hundreds of dollars in therapy getting the wisdom that is imparted in this book. (Please note that I do encourage you to get therapy if it is needed. No book can help you navigate the nuances of your specific situation. A therapist can.) Bottom line: this book is worth the investment of your money to buy it and your time to read it.
I hope these 5 takeaways encourage you to buy and read this book. Also, as I type this, Mommy Burnout is currently #1 in the Motherhood category on Amazon's Hot New Releases!
Are there other parenting books that you've read that you've found helpful? Please share in the Comments section below. Thanks!
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