Stefanie Wilder-Taylor’s Hints to Recognizing Parental Burnout

New York Times bestselling author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. And what it is now is spring break for her three daughters, so basically hell in a handbasket demanding customized activities and homemade snacks. But how do you tell you might be getting to nuclear blowout level? Keep reading for Stefanie’s handy hints on how to recognize those warning signs and get yourself a pedi and a babysitter, stat. And don’t forget to pick up or download a copy of her latest laugh-out-loud, no-nonsense parenting book, GUMMI BEARS SHOULD NOT BE ORGANIC, on sale today from Gallery Books!

Right now I’m “enjoying” Spring break at home with the kids. It always starts out so great with the whole getting to sleep in and all. But fairly quickly I start noticing the signs of parental burnout. Maybe you’re experiencing them too?


1. Microwaving some mac & cheese for dinner seems like a bridge too far.

2. Your kids having been staying up until 11 lately only because trying to get them through the bedtime routine is so trying it’s almost easier to let them stay up.

3. Your 4-year-old yells “you’re rude” at you and you yell, “No, you’re rude” back.  And then you start crying, run into your room and slam the door.

4. Yesterday you gave your kid four time-outs… and yourself five.

5. You find it necessary to polish off a 12 pack of 100-calorie Klondike bars by yourself.

6. Hearing the word “Mommy” makes you break out in hives.

7. When you used to think about how different your life would have turned out if you’d never had kids, you imagine you would’ve become a poor tie dye artist living alone in a studio apartment on Venice Beach with only a feral cat that wanders the neighborhood as company. Now it doesn’t sound so bad.

8. You find yourself snacking in your laundry room so you don’t have to share anything with the kids.

9. You find yourself Googling “Boarding Schools for Preschoolers.”

It’s okay! Grab yourself a copy of US Weekly and go hide in your linen closet! You deserve a few minutes to yourself!

<< read previous read next >>
Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic

Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

From the popular mommy blogger and seasoned author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay and Naptime Is the New Happy Hour comes this hilarious book of honest, no-holds-barred musings on motherhood.

Naptime Is the New Happy Hour

Naptime Is the New Happy Hour

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Motherhood -- it's not for wimps. Whether it's planning easy outings that are fun for both of you (fact: your child will find the local Target just as scintillating as the Guggenheim), dishing the dirt on preschool TV (those mothers who swear their kids don't watch television? Liars or psychos, every one), or perfecting the art of the play date, readers will find advice, anecdotes, and a reassuring sense of camaraderie to help them survive -- and even thrive -- during each hilarious, frustrating, and amazing moment.

Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay

Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

In busy Mom-friendly short essays, Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay delivers the empathetic straight dirt on parenting, tackling everything from Mommy & Me classes ("Your baby doesn't need to be making friends at three months old -- you do! But not with people you'll meet at Mommy & Me") to attachment parenting ("If you're holding your baby 24/7, that's not a baby, that's a tumor").



4 comments so far

  1. loonyalana

    *Raises hand*
    There are times when I declare that I will no longer answer to the name of “Mom” “Mommy” or the like. I announce to my kids that for at least 15 minutes, my name is an unpronouncable symbol and I will not answer to anything less than perfection. Granted, they usually just look at me weird and carry on as if I said nothing… but sometimes I can fool myself into thinking it works temporarily.

  2. headacheslayer

    Though my kids are older (20 &13) I have been there! My hair may be grey. Ok white. But I survived and you can too! Hang in there mama’s!!!!

  3. Summer break is right around the corner, and I’m already freaking out. All four kids. Home. All day. Help me now LOL.

  4. Pingback: Did you call your mom this Mother's Day?

Post a comment