The Mommy-Go-Round

Non-Fiction - Parenting
170 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2016
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Author Biography

Eleanor Donald Alspaugh was raised in Hatboro, Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.S.B.A. from Shippensburg University. Formerly an Assistant Vice President, she became a multi-award-winning author after she captured the antics of raising her three kids and life as a wife and working mother in The Mommy-Go-Round, a humorous and heartwarming account of motherhood, childhood, and everything in between. In September 2022, The Mommy-Go-Round was named a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mommy-Go-Round also received the 1st Place Pacific Book award, Readers’ Favorite Bronze Book Award in the Parenting/Family categories, professional and individual 5-star reviews and other magazine book awards. El resides with her husband and family in Carlisle, PA, and recently published a children’s book called When D is For Deployed, also a 5-star book which provides encouragement to children facing a parent’s deployment. A portion of the purchase price will go to the Gary Sinise Foundation in support of veterans and their families. Eleanor has devoted much time and research to the writing of The Heart of a Soldier, which shares her decorated father’s letters sent home during World War II as well as her parents’ love story set against historic highlights and issues of World War II. Eleanor is currently a part-time author, photographer and caregiver and remains a crazy wife, mother and proud grandmother! She looks forward to spending more time completing a sequel to The Mommy-Go-Round as well as completing a second children’s book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

I honestly loved The Mommy-Go-Round by Eleanor D. Alspaugh. I have already been through the child raising years, and it confirmed for me that it’s not easy to raise kids, and that the most important things you can bring to the process are love, patience, and perspective. Eleanor D. Alspaugh does a great job of drawing on the lessons and experiences of her own childhood, and those of her time as a mother, to create a wonderful picture of the American family as it should be. This is not a “How to” book or an instruction manual on raising kids, but I think it would make a great gift for young mothers. I think there are a lot of things a young mother or father can learn from this book and it is very entertaining.

The Mommy-Go-Round is well written, well organized, and very humorous. It covers almost every situation a parent will encounter on the long journey called parenthood. I enjoyed the essays on Christmas and other special days the most. These are the times that stick out in my mind when I think about my own childhood or my time as a young parent. I wish The Mommy-Go-Round had been available when my son was born. I would have had a little bit of a heads up on some of the joys and trials that would come, and I could have been a little better and more understanding helper to his mother. I applaud Eleanor D. Alspaugh for writing The Mommy-Go-Round and, looking at all the beautiful pictures of her happy family taken through the years, I can understand why she had to.

Sarah Stuart

The Mommy-Go-Round by Eleanor D. Alspaugh opens with her bumpy road to conception and goes on to record the traumatic birth of her first baby, she and her husband taking their daughter home, and Holly’s early years. The tragedy of miscarriage, and the doubts tests suggested for a second developing new life caused an unplanned gap in the couple’s family and Julianne was born when Holly was four years old. A son, Nathan, pre-natal tests jettisoned with the doubts, completed the threesome. The Mommy-Go-Round follows Mrs Alspaugh’s joys and trials of being a mother until, unexpectedly, she finds herself preparing to be a grandmother. Throughout this beautifully illustrated book, she tells readers all the things nobody else will about the tumultuous journey of life when a woman, particularly if she is a Christian with high expectations of herself, embarks on motherhood.

Half-close your eyes and The Mommy-Go-Round reads as The Merry-Go-Round and I suspect that this is Eleanor D. Alspaugh’s intention. Full of facts, the reassurance that any reader who is a mother is not alone, and amazingly revealing honesty, this book can best be described as a carousel. If I needed a title for an Amazon reader’s review, it would be “Mommy’s Crazy Carousel, grab your copy NOW.” I laughed, I cried, and recognized familiar feelings of inadequacy. My favorite quote is in the title of chapter two, when Holly’s birth is imminent. “BTW, does this come with ANY instructions?” The Mommy-Go-Round is written in a style that lets you hear Mrs Alspaugh’s voice as if you were a friend drinking coffee at her kitchen table, assuming there is even time for a Mommy TO sit!

Alyce Schwartz

I chose 5 stars for this review, because as a fellow mom myself of 3 children, aged 10 and under, I find it a challenge to eat a meal without shoveling it in, let alone take time to myself to read a book, but this was such an enjoyable read for me, that I not only somehow found the time to enjoy the book but I re-read certain chapters simply because of the joy I got out of being able to relate to the author's experiences and outlook on life with children. Her descriptions of the ups and downs that come along with the merry-go-round of juggling life, marriage and parenthood not only bring humor, but a sense of a relief to know that you're not on this ride alone, and there are others out there who think and act just like you. I highly recommend this book to any mother out there, young or old, or anyone who will soon be given this ticket to ride the merry-go-round of motherhood!

Pam White

Penned by a REAL mom, this book will make you laugh and cry. If you're a mother too, you'll see yourself and your kids on every page. Eleanor writes like she lives -- with lots of humor and lots of love.

Carol Leo

This book is both funny and touching. All Mothers will be able to relate to the author's trials & tribulations of Motherhood. Nice to know you're not alone on this crazy journey!

Barbarann Probst

This is a delightful read-funny, sad and REAL! Written by a REAL mom who tells it like it is in such a fun way! There were times I laughed out loud, times I just shook my head in agreement and times I actually cried! It is an easy delightful read for ALL moms! I'm already ready for her next book--I think it should be titled "the Roller Coaster" -cause my daughter is a tween and that is the ride I am on right now!!! I know the author is way past this stage but I wish she was on it with me right now - I could use her insights, advice and humor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nicole Richie

I don't typically find time to read but I couldn't put this book down! This view on raising your family from inside the mind of a mom herself was fantastic! Very entertaining and comforting to know that maybe I'm not going crazy and other moms are experiencing the same ups and downs. If you are mom you have got to read this book!

Wendy Golightly

This book is a real down to earth and very funny account of motherhood! I laughed from start to finish. I recommend it highly.

Michelle Chaney

This book hands down has to be one of the best books i have read on motherhood. I myself am a mother to a five year old and a step mother to an eight year old. I have been reading so many books on motherhood and how to be there for them as they grow but they're all statistics and don't have a lot of stories/ memories in them. This book has me excited for this crazy mommy go round ride that I'm on! The author was smart, witty, comical, and a Witch at 10 pm! I cannot wait until this fresh new author comes out with more books!

Sarah Stanback

This book was Amazing!! It made me laugh, cry and even taught me some things even though I am a Mother of 2! Thanks for sharing you "Motherhood" with us!!

Lucy Gojich

Can't wait for "The Granny-Go-Round"!I felt like I was reliving my feelings as my little darlings were growing up! I laughed, I cried, and laughed some more. Eleanor's stories could easily be turned into a sitcom! Totally relatable. A must read! I eagerly will be waiting for the sequel!

Kathy Santoro

This was a very funny, touching read. El has covered just about anything and everything that we come across as parents! Her writing style makes you feel as though you were right there through it all. Don't pass this one up!


Awesomely blunt and humorous and never a dull moment. This is a great read.

Donna Richey

The book was a great beach read. The author paints very vivid scenes. It is witty, funny, charming, heartwarming, heart breaking and full of love. The book is an enjoyable read for anyone -- even if you do not have children. While the primary focus of the book is the role of mom the author's own childhood memories will strike a cord with many. You will laugh, you will cry and you will definitely enjoy the journey. I hope to see more books from this new author.

Maria Krajeski

A Great Motherhood Primer -- A wonderful book about the joys and trials of motherhood. I could truly relate and only wish I had this book when raising my own family. Eleanor's stories made me laugh and cry, the mark of a really terrific book. Looking forward to the next book!

Donna Veigle

This is a must read for every woman who has raised children!
This book will warm your heart, make you laugh as well as shed a few tears! Anyone who has had the experience of raising children can relate to the stories in this book! And for those of you who have not yet had the experience of being a mother, you will enjoy it as well. El adds humor to those situations where you aren't sure if you are appreciated, gives insight on how to play detective once the little darlings reach the teenage years, and shows you that if you continue to love your children through the good and bad times, it all pays off.

Chris Zuzack

Loved the Mommy-Go-Round with its heart-warming stories of the joys of motherhood. Everyone can relate to these precious family moments that are both touching and hilarious. I laughed until tears came to my eyes on some of the stories - I can't look at a pop-up trailer anymore without a smile coming to my face. We can all relate! Enjoy this book and all the love that it has to share on family life.

I'm sure that El has many more family stories to share and I certainly hope that a Mommy-Go-Round II is in the works.

Elaine M.

Very entertaining and fun to read. I truly enjoyed it. Well written - it's like just sitting and listening to a recalled story. It's easy to read. There are hilarious parts like the A/C for the popup camper and there are touching sections recalling difficult times in the author's life. Most people will be able to relate to many things within the book. Great read!!!

Karin Right-Nolan

Thank you El for taking me on the wonderful journey of being a daughter, mother and grandmother. You provided the opportunity to remember my own experiences and totally relate them to yours. You have a very gifted way of expressing the unconditional love we have for our children despite the challenges they provide. The Mommy-Go-Round was so entertaining while at the same time offering poignant moments for which we can all relate.

Susan Beerman

One of the aspects that I enjoyed about The Mommy-Go-Round was the way in which the author, Eleanor Alspaugh, wrote her collection of vignettes about motherhood. Her style of writing was simplistic yet her words were so very powerful.

As a mother of four grown children, I was able to relate to most of her experiences. It was reassuring to know that I wasn’t the only mother that found it challenging to juggle everything that came with a husband, children, every day life, and a job. I just wish that this book had been around when my children were younger and I used to be thrilled when I survived yet another day of motherhood. I think the humor, the realistic and relatable nature of the stories and the way in which Eleanor dealt with everything that was thrown at her would have been very reassuring to me. Her positive and “can do” attitude was refreshing as well. She sounds like the kind of mom that I wish was my neighbor when I was in the height of my parenting. With her down to earth and REAL perspective on life, I probably would have shared many laughs and tears with her as she helped me navigate the Mommy-Go-Round.

I found myself smiling and laughing as I read certain stories. In particular, the Birthday party prep, Musical Beds, and the Christmas essays hit home for me. This is a gem of a book that I think any mother or mother-to-be would enjoy. Lastly, the title that she chose happens to be spot on absolutely perfect.