Recommended Reading For Every Mother!
Note: I was provided a complimentary download of The Mother Of All Meltdowns to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine and are honest, based on my personal experience.
I must tell you in the two days spent reading the book, I went through a wide range of emotions. Several times, I laughed (out loud). Once when reading an author’s experience with TTTS, I was in tears (a friend is currently in a similar situation). On more than one occasion, I felt a sense of compassion. At some points I even felt fear for those around the impending “The Meltdown”. BUT I almost always could relate in some way.
I made my husband read the section Welcome to Lego Stress Land and then the following bonus section- simply because I had to share it with someone, immediately.
As a parent, The Mother of All Meltdowns made me feel normal and understood. There was a common thread in each tale, that reached beyond various parenting styles. A common understanding of the demands and everyday frustrations, that parenting, makes on any of us raising a family. Each of the 30 bloggers of shared different tales, backgrounds and lessons. It was, as if, I had enjoyed a good ladies night out amongst a diverse group of friends. I truly enjoyed reading this collection.
I will be buying a print version to share with my sister and mother and would gift this book to any of my soon-to-be or new mom friends! I believe the The Mother of All Meltdowns would be a fun read for a book club or parenting club!
While reading The Mother of All Meltdowns, I was able to have some Q&A with Crystal Ponti, Author of Mommfried and Managing Editor/Contributing Author of The Mother Of All Meltdowns
How did the project come to life?
It all started with a meltdown in the middle of our living room back in June of this year. Everything was going wrong, the house was a disaster, and I felt as if the weight of the world had been squarely placed on my shoulders. I sat down on the couch and cried uncontrollably for about five minutes. That’s when my toddler daughter walked over and started wiping the tears from my face. She looked confused and worried, so I immediately shook off all the sadness and put a smile on. At some point later that evening, I remember telling my husband that I had experienced the mother of all meltdowns earlier in the day. We laughed, but the light bulb went off. I realized that meltdowns are something that a lot of mothers experience. And after reflecting, I realized that the crying fit was minor in comparison to other meltdowns I had experienced in my lifetime. That’s when the idea for the book really came to life. I decided to tap into my network of blogging pals and see if anyone was interested in collaborating on an anthology. The response was overwhelming. And the ladies – the best group of women on the planet.
Was collaboration with 30 bloggers difficult? What was the most difficult part of pulling this project off?
I used Google docs to keep everything organized and in one central location. This made managing the project much easier. The women of MOAM are all down-to-earth and very laidback. We had a blast working together! I would say the most difficult part of pulling off this project was getting the Kindle version formatted so that I was happy. I’m very picky and even though I know it’s next to impossible to make one file appear 100 percent perfect across all Kindle devices, I pushed for it. It’s a good thing our designer had a lot of patience. He also probably had a lot of meltdowns, but that’s another book entirely!
Who is the anticipated audience of the book?
Mothers, mothers-to-be, grandmothers, caregivers… anyone who has ever had an adult-sized tantrum that somehow involves children!
Do you have a favorite story in the book?
I’m so close to all of the stories in the book after multiple rounds of editing, formatting, and reading them out loud. It’s hard to pick a favorite when they’re all so good! There are several in there that made laugh out loud and a few others that literally brought tears to my eyes. No matter what your taste is in reading, there’s something in the book that you will enjoy and connect with.
Where can readers get a copy?
The book is currently available on Amazon for Kindle and in print. You can also order a copy at your neighborhood bookstore and it will soon be listed on Barnes & Noble for Nook devices.
What is next for The Mothers of All Meltdowns group?
We are currently hard at work promoting the book and will do so right through the holidays. I’ve considered several follow-up versions to this book, but I don’t expect to tackle anything until after the new year. I do think the title of this book could be turned into a great movie! So if there are any Hollywood execs out there willing to collaborate, give me a shout!
I appreciate your time, Crystal!
Make sure to visit her on Mommifried.com for a glimpse inside her day to day world!
I currently follow many of the contributing authors’ blogs and pages, and now look forward to following the groups’ new facebook page! Like it here: The Mother Of Meltdowns
Note: I was provided a complimentary download of The Mother Of All Meltdowns to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine and are honest, based on my personal experience. No monetary compensation was received for this review.