Mom Rage: The Everyday Crisis of Modern Motherhood

Seal: Perseus. Sept. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781541601307. $29. CHILD REARING
Anger is a struggle for many parents, and this book is geared to fight the shame around discussing it and asking for help. Known as a leading feminist on so-called “mom rage,” Dubin includes parents of all types, but she focuses mostly on mothers. The book explores behavior that is becoming more common, such as “mommy wine time” culture, vaping, and self-soothing with screens. The author examines the stresses faced by parents of children with disabilities, and she notes that her own child was diagnosed with sensory-processing disorder. Dubin also analyzes the emotional labor of parenting, noting that some approaches increase stress levels. The pandemic exacerbated factors already present for some, and economic and racial inequalities are often a final stressor. The book also delves into limited postpartum leave and workplace policies that discriminate against mothers in the United States.
VERDICT Few issues are left untouched in this thought-provoking book on a hot topic that is seldom discussed.
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