Alcorn, a married mom of three, found herself physically and emotionally incapacitated by trying to do it all: be a mom, wife and fulltime professional. Maxed Out tells her story to recovery through her research which supports what you already know: Corporations and the U.S. government do little to support families, and moms bear the brunt of this.
It’s important work, this book, and it is no wonder Alcorn is getting scads of much-deserved press. But I worry that it is dangerous to pacify the working mom’s stress by blaming policy. Voting and fighting with your employer to adopt flexible work schedules is important — but that is not going to change your life today. Instead, I think we (and when I say ‘we’ – I’m speaking to my professional mom peers) stand to get a grip on our mental health by adjusting our expectations: How much time we really need to spend with our kids to be considered adequate parents? How many meals do we need to cook from scratch? Do you REALLY need to do all that laundry yourself (ANSWER: HELL NO!)? And what are your true career objectives? How much money do you need to be happy? Can you take the initiative to create the career and family life that you want — and take corporate culture out of the equation entirely (ANSWER: HELL YESSSSSSS!!)?
Check out Maxed Out: Working Moms on the Brink here on Amazon.
- Would Working Less Make You Happier? (greatergood.berkeley.edu)
- Motherhood Gave Me a Nervous Breakdown (ideas.time.com)
- ‘On the brink’: Many working moms falling apart, author says (today.com)
- The Stay at Home Mom Hobby Guide (coupons.answers.com)
- Are You a Maxed Out Mom too? (momsrising.org)
- Why Women Helping Women Is Essential … (foundationofstars.org)