My mom seemed to do it.  Work, come home, fix dinner, keep the house neat and clean, shuttle me to and from baton and gymnastics practice, shuttle my brother to Boy Scouts and piano lessons, etc., and keep our family happy and keep her sanity.  How did she manage?  

Perhaps there are a few SuperMoms out there, but for most of us work-life-balance is a myth, as Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak aptly sum up in the title of their new book, “Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak: An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood.”    

Eschilman and Oshirak, two successful executives and moms, not only make moms feel that they are not alone in their sleep deprivation and their struggle to achieve that impossible “balance” that working moms are supposed to master, but they offer moms solid, practical solutions and tips for coping with the demands of motherhood, from how to tell the boss you are pregnant to the best ways to pump milk at the office.    

Balance is a Crock deals with its subject matter in a light-hearted and even hilarious manner, with testimonials from real  moms telling their true-life adventures in attempting to do it all and stay sane, recounting the choices they had to make and the paths they took to find peace without being the “perfect mom.”    

Though the book is not written for an audience of same-sex parents, i.e., it refers to the co-parent as the “husband” throughout, it is progressive in its attitudes toward the roles of women in corporate America and our frustration with ideal of modern motherhood where women are expected to put aside their children and families when they clock in at the office.     

It’s good advice from the best source —  moms who have been there and done that, and lived to tell.    

Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak, published by Avery, $16. Available at