Discover how to stop doing it all and start doing what matters with this step-by-step guide to beating burnout and thriving as a working mom.
In Doing It All, Dr. Whitney Casares, author, pediatrician, and mother of two, shares the step-by-step plan she developed as a modern working mom to help her stop over-functioning at work and home, stop blaming herself for everything that went wrong, and start living a balanced and intentional life. Today’s working moms are burned-out, overwhelmed, and just plain stuck. Caught amid the endless, conflicting demands of motherhood, work, household management, and a million-and-one everyday tasks, chores, and responsibilities, they truly are doing it all—but getting nowhere. They think they're out of options—but they're wrong.
Dr. Whitney tried to do it all for years, until one particularly bad week brought her to knees, and then, to a revelation: It wasn't her that was broken, it was her system. She needed a new system, a plan of action that would look squarely at all the common problems of working mom life—over-scheduling, inequitable partnerships, lack of boundaries, lack of support—, recognize the social and cultural causes behind them, and give her the tools and structure she needed to tackle the chaos, find her work-life balance, and start living a life that worked for her. In Doing It All, she shares that system with you, a system that will help you prioritize what really matters and where everything—even laundry—has its place. Work calls? Yep. Time with your kids? Absolutely. Time for yourself? A top priority.
Doing It All features Dr. Whitney's complete step-by-step plan to achieving your Centered Life—that is, a life centered on you—, as well as over forty targeted exercises, prompts, and activities to help you:
Create a vision of your life that aligns with your values and goals and then break that vision into actionable priorities so you can start making it a reality.
Implement systems to deal with the annoying-but-necessary “have-tos” in your life quickly and efficiently.
Develop equity in your relationship with your parenting partner.
Create and maintain boundaries around emotionally laden calls on your attention.
Give your kids what they need to be healthy, happy, and successful—without giving away too much of yourself.
Prioritize your own mental health and emotional well-being with intentional scheduling and rest.
Featuring powerful personal stories from real working moms, as well as quotes and interview excerpts from parenting experts, medical professionals, and mental health advocates, Doing It All meets working moms where they are, recognizes the personal and systemic challenges they face, and offers solutions that really work. It’s time to stop merely “surviving” motherhood. Join Dr. Whitney and thousands of other working moms across the country and discover the tools, systems, and support you need to parent, work, and thrive in your daily life.
About the Author
Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a practicing, board-certified pediatrician, author, speaker, podcaster, and full-time working mom, as well as the CEO and founder of Modern Mommy Doc and The Modern Mamas Club App. She is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), for whom she has authored two books, The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One and The Working Mom Blueprint: Winning at Parenting Without Losing Yourself. Dr. Whitney is a regular speaker at executive-level conferences for multibillion-dollar corporations like Nike and Adidas and medical consultant for large-scale organizations including Good Housekeeping magazine, Gerber, and L’Oreal (CeraVe). Her work has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Thrive Global, TODAY Parenting, and Psychology Today. Dr. Whitney practices pediatrics in Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband raise their two young daughters. You can find her at modernmommydoc.com and on Instagram @modernmommydoc.
"In her new book, Dr. Whitney reminds us that we don't have to do everything all of the time. Her down-to-earth approach and relatable examples make you feel like you're chatting with a friend over coffee. Her Centered Vision framework provides actionable plans to help parents thrive, find joy, and live an intentional life, even amongst the most challenging parenting situations. If you're a mom who's feeling overwhelmed, I highly recommend this book!"—Tara Clark, author of Modern Mom Probs
"Dr. Whitney meets working moms where they are, validating their shared experiences and recognizing the structural issues they face, while bravely sharing her own struggles and the practical, action-oriented system she created to overcome them. A must-read for any mom who is ready to stop doing it all."—Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play
"In Doing It All, Dr. Whitney Casares emerges as a dynamic force of nature, possessing a profound understanding of the impact of modern motherhood and the perils that arise when attempting to bear its weight alone."
—Michael Perry, Founder & CEO of Maple
"An oasis in the desert of 'how to do more' mom empowerment books. Reading this is an experience of being seen, not just in how hard it is to try to do it all, but in how empty it leaves us. Organizational strategies for feeding your family just hit different after Dr. Whitney helps you re-center your perspective to creating a life of meaning and fulfillment, not getting more done."—Jennifer Anderson, MSPH, RDN, founder of Kids Eat in Color
“Doing It All is a must-have survival guide for all moms. Dr. Whitney Casares is your best friend, cheerleader, and sage guide leading you from a place of mom guilt to thriving.”—Dr. Tracy Asamoah, MD, ACC, Tracy Asamoah Coaching
“A breakthrough in parenting science in its focus on supporting children through true maternal well-being. No one makes a working mother feel more heard and supported than Dr. Casares.”—Erin E O'Connor, Professor at New York University, Chief of Education for Cooper
“Stressed out mothers will want to check this out.”
"Must be considered essential reading for all mothers (and most especially to those new to motherhood) and a core acquisition for library collections on parenting. Impressively well written, organized and presented."—Midwest Book Review