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.
Things That Roll
What: Tiny shredders (ages 2-6) are welcome to take over the lower ramp with trikes, skateboards, and scooters.
Why: They will nap. Oh, will they nap.
When: Fri., 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Where: Gaithersburg Skate Park, at Boher Park, 510 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg (301-258-6350 ext. 168).
Can You Dig It
What: In honor of Earth Day, listen to stories, make a Fundred dollar bill, and learn the importance of lead-free soil.
Why: Let ’em get messy with Red Dirt Studio’s clay paintings.
When: Sat., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (703-248-6800). Register by Fri. online at arlingtonartscenter.org.
Drop Everything and Read
What: Bookworms (ages 7 and up) can make crafts and test their knowledge of beloved author Beverly (“Ramona”) Cleary’s tales in celebration of her birthday.
Why: Twenty lucky kids will score free Ramona and Beezus backpacks during the event.
When: Wed., 4-5 p.m.
Where: Hooray for Books, 1555 King St., Alexandria (703-548-4092).
Photo: Betsssssy / Flickr