Win a copy of Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood
Win a copy of Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood.

When I started reading “TORN, True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood,” I was hoping to get some tips from moms like me who juggle a lot of things like work, hobbies, kids, etc. What I actually got was a sense of relief that I am not alone.

I started reading “Torn” one evening before I went to bed. I got just a few pages into the book and I was crying. It wasn’t because the book was sad, it was because I realized how many moms out there are like me. They juggle too much, but it’s mostly because they feel like they have to, whether to support their family, give themselves a sense of self-worth or just because they can’t say no. I finally felt like all the things busy moms never say outloud were written on the pages of this book. I finally felt like I wasn’t alone.

Whether you are a working mom, stay-at-home-mom or a combination of the two “Torn” has stories that will appeal to you.

In “TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood,” 47 women examine the conflict between the need to nurture and the need to work, and reveal their creative solutions for having the best of both worlds.

The stories in the collection offer hope and inspiration, but they also reveal the messy realities of modern motherhood and life’s inevitable crises, both small and large: from breast pump mishaps to battles with cancer; diaper blowouts to debilitating depression; competitive cupcake baking to coming home from war. Also included are highly topical stories of mothers serving active military duty in Iraq and Afghanistan; and stay-at-home mothers being forced back to work after a long hiatus because of the economic crisis.
In the end, the reader can take comfort in the knowledge the real challenge facing women today is not juggling their many roles, but reevaluating their expectations of what is possible and accepting that success does not equal “doing it all.”

Win it!

Detroit Mommies has two copies of “Torn: True Stories of Kids, Careers & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood,” to give away to our readers.

Entry Requirements

To win a copy, leave a comment below about how you try to keep the balance in your household. If you work outside of the home, how do you put work aside when you get home and focus on your family. If you are a stay-at-home-mom, how do you balance time for you with the time you spend with your little ones. If you work from home, how do you find a balance between work and home life.

The Fine Print

No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be selected randomly through Detroit Mommies writers and contributors are ineligible to participate. Entries that do not follow all of the entry requirements will not be considered. Detroit Mommies is not responsible products shipped from outside vendors or sponsors.  Open to participants in the US 18 years and older.  The contest will close on Friday, Sept. 2,2011 @ 11:59:59 p.m. EST with winners selected on Saturday, Sept. 3. Winners must respond to Detroit Mommies within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of “Torn” to review for this post. The views and opinions expressed here are strictly my own. 
Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.
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Desiree Stanfield
Desiree Stanfield
12 years ago

Like so many others like me, I’m a single, working parent. I feel the pressure to perform well at work because I’m supporting the two of us. At home, I feel inadequate because I’ve been at work all day and my time is limited with my 9-year-old daughter. Three years after the divorce I’m now dating a wonderful man but I don’t have much time for him either. Being the oldest child means that you are driven to excelling in every situation. Somehow it all works out and there are many single moms in the same situation who may not have the resources I do. Somehow it all works out…but boy am I tired along the way!

Julie Jerome
Julie Jerome
12 years ago

I work from home which I thought would make things easy…not so. However, it does make things easier. I try to separate my work hours from my family time whenever possible. It’s hard when your office is in the house.