Whether you’re a SAHM or a mom who drives to her job uphill in the snow (both ways), you’ve got your work cut out for you.
So when it comes to reading, you need digestible bits you can process before conking out. The latest mom lit (part self-help, part personal essay, part sketch comedy) gives on-point advice, tips, and giggles.
When Did I Get Like This?, by Amy Wilson
A collection of humorous and insightful essays that chronicle Wilson’s daily struggles with motherhood, self-doubt, and guilt. Moms who feel like they’re “walking the edge of wackadoo” will appreciate her honesty and wish that they could join her playgroup.
Momover, by Dana Wood
Former beauty director of W and Cookie magazines makes sense of the physical and mental chaos of new momdom. Don’t be put off by the jacket’s promise to “bring out your inner momshell”; Wood shares insider tidbits only a beauty journalist could like the best bust-firming creams and why to choose blush over concealer.
Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak, by Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak
Amen, sisters. The truth-invoking title is just the first thing you’ll love about this book. Billed as a guide for working moms, it is filled with strategies and stories that will lighten every mom’s load — and mood.
Howl at the Moon
What: Pooches are welcome only a few days a year. So grab the kids, the leash, and wander the gardens.
Why: Fido’s even allowed on the tram.
When: Thurs., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables (305-667-1651). Tickets online at clicknprint.com.
Children’s Etiquette Classes
What: Miss Manners can drop in for a session and brush up on social graces like writing thank-you notes, interacting with strangers, and more.
Why: They even cover e-mails and texting.
When: Thru May 8. Sat., ages 4-6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; ages 7-10, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Where: Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. For reservations (recommended), call 561-742-6783 or e-mail email@example.com.
What: Pack a picnic and head to the park to make birdhouses out of soda bottles and instruments using toilet paper rolls, and do other ecofriendly activities.
Why: Musician Grant Livingston stops by for a few songs.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove (305-442-6866).
Photo: Betsssssy / Flickr