Mommy Burnout

How To Reclaim Your Life And Raise Healthier Children In The Process

Mommy Burnout™

"[A] superb self-help guide." - Publishers Weekly


The ultimate must-read handbook for the modern mother: a practical, and positive tool to help free women from the debilitating notion of being the “perfect mom,” filled with funny and all too relatable true-life stories and realistic suggestions to stop the burnout cycle, and protect our kids from the damage burnout can cause.

"This is a must-read book. 

It will change your life."

"I needed this book.

I had heard about burnout in sports and in your career, but I hadn't considered how burnout could affect us in motherhood."

"She really gets it.

Her book is a great tool women can use to build a more sustainable life for themselves and their families."

About the Book


Moms, do you feel tired? Overwhelmed? Have you continually put off the things you need to do for you? Do you feel like it’s all worth it because your kids are happy? Are you "over" being a mother? 

If you answered yes to these questions, you’re not alone. Parents today want to create the ideal childhood for their children. Women strive to be the picture-perfect Pinterest mother that looks amazing, hosts the best birthday parties in town, posts the most "liked" photos, and serves delicious, nutritious home-cooked meals in her neat, organized home after ferrying the kids to school and a host of extracurricular activities on time.

This drive, while noble, can also be destructive, causing stress and anxiety that leads to "mommy burnout." Psychologist and family counselor Dr. Sheryl Ziegler is well-versed in the stress that moms face, and the burden of guilt they carry because they often feel like they aren’t doing enough for their kids’ happiness. A mother of three herself, Dr. Z—as she’s affectionately known by her many patients—recognizes and understands that modern moms are all too often plagued by exhaustion, failure, isolation, self-doubt, and a general lack of self-love, and their families are also feeling the effects, too.

Over the last nineteen years working with families and children, Dr. Z has devised a prescriptive program for addressing "mommy burnout™"—teaching moms that they can learn to re-energize themselves and still feel good about their families and their lives. In this warm and empathetic guide, she examines this modern epidemic among mothers who put their children’s happiness above their own, and offers empowering, proven solutions for alleviating this condition, saving marriages and keeping kids happy in the process.


The Signs Of Burnout | Dr. Sheryl Ziegler

Writing Mommy Burnout


This book is one of my pay-it-forward projects.

I have witnessed thousands of mothers in their battle to raise their children well. I have listened to countless women say that they feel they are the only ones going through certain challenges in their parenting or marriages. After hearing these stories for so long, I started feeling like I was carrying around a huge secret. And although much of my job entails keeping secrets, I felt like this was a secret worth sharing.

In 1963, Betty Friedan wrote of “the problem that has no name” in her landmark book The Feminine Mystique. By 2010, I thought that my work had allowed me to create a set of universal truths about motherhood today. And, by examining these truths and acknowledging them, I wondered if there could be a shift in the motherhood landscape. By giving a name to Friedan’s “problem” with no name, at least in the context of my work, could women’s health and happiness improve? And ultimately would the lives of children improve?

And hence, the problem, for me, became mommy burnout.

About the Author


Sheryl Ziegler, Psy.D. holds a Doctorate in Psychology and is a Registered Play Therapist in private practice. She is the author of Mommy Burnout: how to reclaim your life and raise healthier children in the process. She is a regular national and local news contributor on topics related to parenting and mental health and did a Tedx talk on "Why Moms are Miserable" which is all about the power of connection.

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