Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood

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Whether you've just found out that you're pregnant, you're on maternity leave, or you're already back in the office and yet another stressed-out working mom, Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak have written the ultimate guide to what to expect when you're expected back at work.

Weaving their own experiences as “crazy-eyed” working moms with stories from the hundreds they surveyed, the authors offer great tips and hilarious tales of how to survive working motherhood with your sanity ...

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Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood

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Overview

Whether you've just found out that you're pregnant, you're on maternity leave, or you're already back in the office and yet another stressed-out working mom, Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak have written the ultimate guide to what to expect when you're expected back at work.

Weaving their own experiences as “crazy-eyed” working moms with stories from the hundreds they surveyed, the authors offer great tips and hilarious tales of how to survive working motherhood with your sanity and marriage intact. Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak covers such important topics as:

how to hide your morning sickness

how to savor every second of maternity leave

how to mix business with breastfeeding

how to choose almost perfect childcare

where to stash working mom guilt

how to silence (or ignore) whining children, pouting husbands, and grumpy clients

how to keep your cool when life is driving you to the brink of insanity

Also included are kitchen wisdom from moms formerly known as cooks and real-life survival tricks—from scheduling pumping sessions in Outlook to avoiding every time-sucking obligation you possibly can.

Presented in bite-size sections made for those five minutes a day you'll be lucky to find for yourself, Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak is a must-have companion to show you how to be more effective at juggling the day-to-day tasks that are a reality of modern-day life.

Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak are the founders of theofficemoms.com, a blog for and by working moms. They have two husbands, three kids, and two full-time jobs between them, and are firm believers in a sense of humor, a good backup plan, and the occasional glass of wine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583333709
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,348,282
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Eschliman holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and works in business development for a national retailer.

Leigh Oshirak has worked in publicity and marketing for major film studios and brands, including Disney, Joe Boxer, and the nation's leading home furnishings retailer. The authors live in California, and are bloggers at the theofficemoms.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Pollyanna Period

1 Congratulations, Now Where Do I Slot “Baby” in Outlook? 9

2 CU Wouldn't Want 2BU/Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? 27

3 On Leave: Vacation or Hell? You Make the Call 43

Part II The Bitch Is Back

4 Child Care: It'll Make You or Break You 65

5 The Breastraunt Is Open for Business: It's Official—You Are a Dairy Queen 98

6 Call the Help Desk—You Need Your Password! 120

7 Fake It Till You Make It (Looks Are Everything) 138

Part III The Crash

8 The Realities of the Working Mom: Business Trips, Diarrhea, a Leaking Roof, Pinkeye, Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease, Whining Employees, Pouting Husbands, and Other Issues That Drive You to the Brink of Insanity 161

9 Crazy Eyes and Other Signs That You've Officially Lost It 187

10 The Guilt Is Killing Me! 204

11 Your Career—The Sacrificial Lamb 214

Part IV Mommy Gets Her Mojo Back

12 Throwing Money, Mothers-in-Law, and More Money at the Problem 233

13 You Are Not Your Husband's Mother 257

14 Fried Eggs for Dinner and Other Time-Saving Tips 273

Part V We've Got Your Back

15 The Circle of Trust 297

16 Taking Care of You: More Than the Three S's (Shower, Sh*t, and Shave) 310

Epilogue: Yes, It's Hard, but We're Not About to Change It 325

Acknowledgments 327

Resources 331

Index 337

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    lovrd Loved it

    A must read for any new or soon to be working mom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Crazy Eyes !!!! LOL

    Every working mother should read this and will laugh out loud, If you are not: then you are perfect...are you ??? NOT FOOLING ANYONE ! I have gone through a very rough path this past year - juggling carreer, motherhood, marriage, family drama... and somewhat of life... This book did give me a little insight if nothing else that I am not going through this alone and that many mothers have gone through this crazy time and many will continue to do so. I truely think this is an american phenomenon. American women put so much pressure on themselves; whomever decided to burn their bra didn't see this coming...

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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