If Mama Ain’t Happy… She’ll Go Write a Book

Here’s the understatement of the eternity: We are a loud house.

the mother of all meltdowns
Holy Cow! I am part of this book!

I’m talking Bronx-worthy, Jersey-loving, Texas-shoutin’ loud. We were loud from the beginning and we’re louder now so we can be heard over the other loud people. I’m sure my neighbors think we are one biscuit shy of trailer trash.

But here’s why.. we get crap off our chest. If we’re upset over something, you’re going to hear about it. We’ll “discuss” it and then move on. There is no stewing over much in this house. So, like every other family, what may seem dysfunctional to you (I’m looking at you “tell me your feelings” people out there) works for us.

With one exception. Really BIG issues. You know the ones.. the ones that make you pull your head into your shell – like illness, death, money, broken dreams and broken hearts.

Then? We get really, really quiet and go to a place that is hard for anyone to reach.

I can tell when my kids have something really big eating at them when this happens and if my normal antics of getting them to open up and talk don’t work, I have to resort to the ultimate method: Breakdown. Think Hoosiers.. break them down and build them up.

And that’s why, when I was asked earlier this summer by the awesome Crystal Ponti over at Mommifried to be one of 30 contributors to a book she was compiling called The Mother of all Meltdowns, I was thrilled and I was terrified. Writing a blog is one thing, but an entire chapter? I’m ashamed to admit that I was the last one to get my submission in because every story that I started just wasn’t the right one. And then one incident happened that made me realize what my story would be. I am sworn to secrecy, so since I can’t reveal my entire story, here’s a snippet of it…

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But honestly… they were becoming just like their mother…Tough little cookies with a rock solid outside. When people tell you that children learn what they live – believe them. I encourage them to speak their minds and say what they feel but at the same time, I’ve taught them to “never let them see you cry” especially when it comes to dealing with mean girls and bullies. At this point of our lives, meltdowns actually take work on my part. But sometimes, it just has to happen.

I am beyond honored to be part of this sorority of women who have poured their hearts and souls into their stories. There are moms of all types, so there will be at least a few stories that each of us recognize. I imagine we’ll all recognize a little bit of ourselves in ALL the stories.

But the part I love the most – it shows us that we are ALL alike in one way:

We’re all humans doing the best job we can to be the best moms that we can. Maybe this will be a first step in ending the mom against mom wars.

The official release date of the book hasn’t been determined yet but we’re thinking sometime next week. I hope you’ll buy one or a dozen and give them to all the moms giving it their all each and every day! In the meantime, link up with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest!


October 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I am loud, but my husband keeps it all in. I’m wondering where the kids will end up…extremes or somewhere in the middle? I think it’s better to get it all out and clear the air! I am so excited about this book, I know for sure I haven’t ben able to shut up about it all week!!
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October 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I’m thinking I’ll see more than a little bit of myself in your story! Haha! I may be a half buscuit shy of trailer trash – my neighbors would agree to this as well! Can’t wait to read!
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October 3, 2013 at 9:18 am

Congrats on being part of this book. I can’t wait to read it. As for being one biscuit shy of trailer trash, all I can say is, well, honey, ain’t we all? 😉 Stop by my house during the witching hour and you’ll hear us long before you see us. 🙂
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October 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Woot! I am so excited for the book and happy to be a part of it. The stories from all the contributors are amazing!
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October 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm

We LOVED the book! So excited to see so many fabulous bloggers in one spot! :)-Ashley
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October 2, 2013 at 11:37 am

Very exciting! Congrats! We are a very loud family too. Years ago, my dad used to set up a tape recorder on holidays to tape our crazy loud gatherings. I do the same thing as you, though, when issues are BIG, I retreat into my shell. Looking forward to the book.
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October 2, 2013 at 9:09 am

We are definitely one of those loud families, too! One of my friends is a psychologist, so she is a “talk about your feelings” kind of mom. I always feel a little bit guilty when I’m around her!
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October 2, 2013 at 8:30 am

Can I get an autographed copy when I see you at Converge? Can’t wait to read it!

October 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Love, love, love how you introduced this. My post is going live at midnight. We shall promote our posts together tomorrow!
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October 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm

So excited! These will make an awesome present for any mom!! I know I am giving them out! I told two of my running friends and one said if I buy one, will you sign it? I started laughing. Me sign a book? But holy cow, I wrote something that is in a printed book!!!! So fun to work with you and all the other awesome bloggers on this project!
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October 1, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I am so excited too and just cannot wait for it to be released now. And I am also so happy and honored to be featured with you and all the other wonderful bloggers in this book, too! 🙂
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October 1, 2013 at 9:47 pm

YAY for the Mother of All Meltdowns! I’m going to help our sales by buying at least a dozen for friends and family!

October 1, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Yay!! Can’t wait to see it come to full fruition and honored to be a part of it as well! 🙂
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October 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I will definitely be buying one of four!! I am SO proud of all of you ladies and I am glad to be associated with all the rock stars!!!
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