The Manager Mom Epidemic (Paperback)
How Moms Got Stuck Doing Everything for Their Families and What They Can Do about It
Sourcebooks, 9781492694496, 272pp.
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Are you a mom who does it all? This is the book for you.
It's impossible to deny--most moms continue to do way more household work and childcare than most dads. Working full time, raising kids, cooking dinner, making sure every appointment and activity is lined up and that everyone gets there on time... no wonder you're tired But despite all the books and articles lamenting the crushing mental load and emotional labor women bear for their families, no one has come up with a plan to actually make things change. Until now.
The Manager Mom Epidemic is the first book that not only acknowledges the fact that moms are burning out, but shows you how to transfer responsibility for daily tasks from yourself to your partner and also (gasp ) your kids. Clinical psychologist and child discipline expert Thomas W. Phelan, PhD explains how we got into this mess in the first place, and how we can get out of it through a calm, systematic approach to teaching our families how to take initiative and contribute in meaningful ways. Dr. Phelan walks you through real-life situations and shows you how to step back from the things that are dragging you down. For example:
- Your Maternal Identity--the things you tell yourself you have to do in order to be a "good" mom
- The oppressive trap of chronic supervision
- Our society's curious underestimation of children's capabilities
- How to eliminate primary childcare with tweens and teens
- How to manager resistant or traditionalist dads
Realistic and simple enough to implement in your home right away, The Manager Mom Epidemic provides a roadmap for you to take your life back and proves that the happiest families share the work and the fun equally.