Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink

Katrina Alcorn

Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink

Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink

  • Title: Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink
  • Author: Katrina Alcorn
  • ISBN: 9781580055239
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback

Katrina Alcorn was a 37 year old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey through depression, anxiety, and insomnia followed by medication, meditation, and therapy began.Alcorn wondered how a woman like herself, with a loving husKatrina Alcorn was a 37 year old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey through depression, anxiety, and insomnia followed by medication, meditation, and therapy began.Alcorn wondered how a woman like herself, with a loving husband, a supportive boss, three healthy kids, and a good income, was unable to manage the demands of having a career and a family Over time, she realized that she wasn t alone As she questioned other working moms, she realized that many women were struggling to do it all, crashing, and feeling as if they were somehow failing as a result.Mothers are the breadwinners in two thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women s health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about having it all, failing miserably, and what comes after Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and productive way to live and work.

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After reading Lean In, I kind of wanted to kill myself. Sheryl Sandberg asks over and over again - "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" I'm not afraid - I'm EXHAUSTED. Working 40-50+ hours a week with two young children and an equally-involved-in-family-life-but-has-an-equally-demanding-job husband is breaking me down on a regular basis. Weekends are spent not relaxing but running all over the place getting errands and bare-bones housekeeping done. And every time a kid gets sick or it snow [...]

I received an advance copy of this book and while I was waiting for it, read "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg so I could compare the two. Much as I thought Sandberg made good points, particularly about getting partners to contribute more, Alcorn's book is far more relatable and realistic to me. Alcorn sounds like 95% of the women I know: smart, hard working, determined not to let anyone down, family OR boss, at the cost of their own sanity because they can't afford unlimited daycare and housecleanin [...]

as a memoir, i really liked this book. it was far more readable & engaging than i had anticipated. honestly, i was kind of expecting another dry sociological examination of how american society does not provide enough support for working mothers to truly make choices about their careers & families. i've read plenty of those sorts of books, even though it's not a situation that personally affects me, being on disability. when i checked it out of the library, i even told jared that i proba [...]

So here's the thing. I'm a working mom, and I know a lot of other working moms, and while we all share similar complaints and suffer similar stresses involved in working a full-time job while also trying to be a good parentne of us have had a nervous breakdown. That reaction seems extreme. And yet, I do recognize that's a pretty judgmental thing to say and if there's anything women need, it's less judgment. I obviously don't have Alcorn's life or her reactions to things, and I can't truly compar [...]

I liked parts of this book more than others - I enjoyed the small sections between chapters which reviewed research and introduced different policies, workplace culture change ideas, etc. Most of the book was the author's personal story about her high-stress career and how she had a breakdown and had to take a year off to recover and reevaluate. This part got a little long for me - I felt she could have made this more concise. I thought the best two chapters were the final two chapters which mor [...]

Working Moms, You're Not Alone This book is for every mother who ever wondered why she seemed to be in charge of everything, and felt so very, very alone with her responsibilities. Katrina Alcorn is here to tell you: It's not you. It's every parent in the United States struggling to maintain some career clout, or just make ends meet, while raising a family. Alcorn knows how it is, and shares her story here, not just to express her own emotions (although she does this with great clarity and hum [...]

I realize writing this book was therapeutic for the author. But her story is my story and my colleagues' stories. Reading every gory detail of her march towards breakdown was actually very stressful because it was so close to home-- and not eye opening at all. I kept reading through a voyeuristic interest. I found it more than discouraging that real actionable solutions were relegated to a short afterword. I wanted more discussion of those rather than a recounting of the author's inability to se [...]

Forget “leaning in” – as an average, full –time working middle-class mom in America, every piece of Katrina’s book resonated with me. It is a great blend of her personal story, supplemented/augmented with research on the current state of the American workplace. Katrina makes the case for why the United States is the worst country in the world for being a working parent. As a working mom I struggle with tremendous guilt about not being able to give my all to both my kids and to work. I [...]

I have been struggling for several days with what to review this book and exactly what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. I appreciate the author making a case against America's workaholic culture that can be very family unfriendly. However I think it would be more realistic to say that contributed to the author's breakdown rather than caused it. I work full time as does my spouse. We have two small children but neither of us seems to be on the verge of a breakdown. Do we sometimes stru [...]

I feel like this should be required companion reading to Sandberg's Lean In. Read Lean In before you have kids. Read Maxed Out when you've had kid(s) and they are 2.5 and you are wondering why, again, you are trying to lean in to a career and "Am I going crazy?!?" Lean In taught me how to have balance, be the best mom I can be while cutting myself appropriate slack for not keeping up with the stay-at-home-mamas, and to pull off professional walking into a business meeting when ten minutes ago yo [...]

Read to about page 100, then skimmed the rest. It's not a bad book as far as I can tell; it's just that this author's experience of motherhood is quite different from my own, and since this book is primarily her personal story, there's only so much I can share with her. Which is not to say her story does not resonate. I'm sure it does for many women. I wonder if being single allows me to give myself permission to be imperfect? Sure, homemade baby food, cloth diapers and zero television would be [...]

This is the story that needs to be told about the plight of working parents in America. Alcorn weaves her own tale with facts about the American workplace and the hostility shown to working parents. Alcorn rightly focuses on working mothers as they continue to carry the brunt of the housework/childcare on the home front. It's an unsustainable system. Alcorn presents real time solutions to work on changing the conversation and pressuring the US government to do more to support this generation of [...]

I thought this was a great book that advocates for women from all situations. I finished the book in just a day or so. There are good insights and takeaways throughout the book but she neatly summarizes some actions one can take or adapt to at the end:"1. Practice saying no2. Be an ally to other women3. Tell your partner what you need4. Tell your boss you want to work from home5. Tell your HR manager about ROWE (Results only work environment)6. Start a babies-at-work program7. Sign up for momsri [...]

I think I liked this book. I sort of want a T-shirt with the cover printed on it for the next time I take my two-year-old grocery shopping. If the wild look in my eyes doesn't garner sympathy, the suggestion that I'm at the breaking point might at least convince unsympathetic people to keep their distance.Probably the biggest plus for the book is that it let's other working moms know that they're not alone and provides a vivid narrative that will undoubtedly resonate with those of us who are try [...]

I really wanted to give this book 3.5 stars, but I didn't have that option.While I appreciated many of the points the author made about working moms needing more help, I disagree with some of her political viewpoints that made their way into the book. She promotes paid leave (many full-time employers offer sick and vacation time), paid maternity leave (probably not at the top of any politician's to-do list right now), and universal healthcare (which has already been a debacle with the implementa [...]

This is a really good book about an important topic. So much of what women were told as girls ends up feeling like one big lie when we become adults. The U.S. is a country that makes it pretty much impossible for women to have a meaningful career and be able to raise a family, and our country outright fails families in the most dire economic circumstances. It never ceases to amaze me how skilled politicians and corporate America have become at derailing the conversation, convincing Americans tha [...]

I could not put this book down and devoured it over the course of a weekend. What I find refreshing in this book is that, in addition to the anecodotal, personal experiences of a mom that any mother can relate to, it manages to take the frighteningly hostile climate that exists regarding families and provide new, refreshing insights on how we can reconstruct and redefine a better way of life. The book reads like a novel, with enough intelligent reasoning to keep a clinician engaged.Katrina Alcor [...]

This book was really good. Pretty much exactly what I expected. If you are looking for a book that will solve all of your problems, this is not that. If you are looking for commiseration, or a self check in to see how close you are to maxing out, it is that. Alcorn is brave to share her story and it will have you shaking your fist at the powers that be more than once. It is yet another reminder that systematic change is needed in how the American workplace treats families. The best you can do is [...]

I have been devouring this book. If I had writing skills I could've written this myself. I wish I could send a copy to every professional working mother that I know!!!! A must read for mothers of young children.

"This book is a fascinating look at what drives the average American mom and why we sometimes are our own worst enemy." Read more here.

Everyone considering parenthood should read this book. At a minimum, everyone who reads Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In should have to read Maxed Out first.

This book perfectly encapsulated my feelings being a working mom and the struggles that comes with it (her research on the average time women breastfed once they're back at work being about one month--which was how long I lasted--was a good indicator that she understood just one of the challenges of a new working mom). I really do feel that working women have been sold a bill of goods. We're supposed to pretend we don't have kids for 8 hours a day (plus the commute) and then pretend we don't hav [...]

In what should be entitled “Maxed Out: American Working Moms on the Brink,” Katrina Alcorn recounts her personal experience as a woman trying to advance her career and raise children at the same time (with just a few statistics and policy suggestions spliced into each chapter). The problem is that memoirs are only worth reading if they are very well written, historically important, or totally relatable; and I’m sorry to say Alcorn’s doesn’t qualify.Her tale is decently written, but int [...]

I did not love this book, I thought this would be like the lean in from Sheryl Sandberg, it is kind of an attempt, but I was hoping that I will feel motivated after reading it, that the author will provide you with a solution or a happy ending, but it pretty much talks about how difficult is to be a working mom which I already know is my daily life and dramas. I did not need more dramas I am looking for a solution. It seems like a long blog post to me.

Fantastic! This rings so true in my life and, I have to doubt, the lives of most working moms in this country. Every husband/boyfriend/baby-Daddy needs to read this so they can understand how very close to the brink we actually are. And every single politician that plays a part in new laws as well. This has made me feel better about the countless times I have doubted my own abilities (and sanity) trying to juggle the impossible.

Interesting personal memoir, but I read it expecting more discussion of the larger problem and of potential solutions. I’m not sure Alcorn realizes that those at every level of the corporate hierarchy are under intense pressure also. A good way to start the conversation but we need more depth into how much our society is harmed by forced workaholism.

Even though I don't suffer from anxiety nor am I similarly employed while rearing 3 kids, I can still relate to the themes presented in Maxed OUT. I think any woman grappling with her identity as a mom and working woman could stand to read this book. I see enough of myself in Katrina that it felt like listening to the story of a wise friend. Easy, thought-provoking read.

Loved this book! Very honest and real. Highly recommend.

My neck hurts from nodding so much. 4.5 stars.

Writer, mom, consultant Katrina Alcorn wrote _Maxed Out_ after her own struggles with trying to do it all and be it all led her to personal maxing out. I really appreciated this book on many levels but not least of which is Alcorn's raw honesty about her struggles, her insecurities, her risks and her many failures. It seems to me that we don't hear enough about the nitty gritty that each of us moms face on a daily basis and --really important here- that we aren't to blame. Alcorn fills that gap [...]

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