**Book received for review. All thoughts are my own.
Whoever said that parenting was easy...well, either they've never been a parent or they just flat out lied. Parenting- though rewarding as it may be- is perhaps one of the toughest jobs that any of us will ever face. It has endless hours, no breaks and well... the pay...if only love and kisses would pay the bills, right? Sometimes the best way to get through those moments of motherhood is to just have a laugh...and that's just what you'll find in this new book by Sarah Parshall Perry:
Mommy Needs a Raise
(Because Quitting's Not an Option)
Um, excuse me, but . . . do these children come with dental?
Sarah Parshall Perry knew that raising kids would be different from climbing the corporate ladder. But she wasn't ready for just how different. Wasn't a job just a job? And what was that on her shirt? Sarah left the corporate world with a plan to win at mothering and was downright blindsided. Nothing went as planned, everything was foreign, and her bosses didn't always understand her value to the organization.
With her signature wit, lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-mommy Sarah says what all of us are thinking when we trade annual reports for homework help and sleepless nights. Sarah invites you to laugh alongside her in the "Are you kidding me?!" moments that come with the job of growing people. Crossing the divide between "employee" and "mother" is hard. But thankfully, it's also hilarious.
This book isn't just her story. It's your story. The story of every mother who gives up one thing to get something better--and ends up finding out what she's worth along the way.
Now, I'll be honest, I'm probably not the most ideal audience for this book. You see, I was married very young- just 19 years old- and had my son just before turning 20. I had not had time to establish a career before becoming a mother, so I wasn't really giving anything up. Don't get me wrong, I'd had jobs before- fast food, working at a theme park, tutoring... but these are simply jobs. They were not careers I had studied for and worked towards, they were not my life. They were simply a way to have a little extra spending money. When I started my family, I knew right away that the plan was for me to stay home with my children. It was never even really something I had to give much thought to, that's just what seemed most natural for myself and my family. My experience in becoming a mother was vastly different that of Sarah Parshall Perry.
Though I couldn't relate to every of her story, there were many parts that I think were truly universal to us all...the unexpectedness of it all, the challenges, the joys, the laughs. I found myself laughing and nodding right along with her. So, while I may not be the target audience, I still enjoyed it. Still, I know that this is one that those mamas who did give up a career will enjoy even more. They will see themselves and some of their own experiences and come to the realization that they are not alone in this motherhood journey and those thoughts and feelings that they have felt.
Ready to laugh right along the journey from career woman to mom? Mommy Needs a Raise is available to purchase now.