Through touching stories of life with her son, Rita offers hugs laced with hope for mommas of super-active children. Practical, comforting words display understanding of all the weary, stressful moments that come with mothering. Beyond encouraging mommas, Rita shows friends how to walk supportively alongside. Her candid stories and specific, creative solutions focus on embracing grace and joy in the midst of hyperactive chaos.

Kelli Jordan,
Leadership Development Manager,
MOPS International



This is a delightful book full of insight and important information to help busy moms and dads parent their “extra energy” child—infant to teen. Parenting is the best and hardest job we will ever have, and Rita’s book provides encouragement on the journey.

Cameron Meers,
Licensed Clinical Marriage
and Family Therapist

Dan Meers,
Professional NFL Mascot (Kansas City Chiefs),
motivational speaker, and author of Wolves Can’t Fly



Tommy’s Wired and Mommy’s Tired is an encouraging read for moms struggling to keep up with a high-energy child. Rita is empathic and practical and points the reader back to God whenever possible. I highly recommend!

Janel Wager,
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor



Every child is a special gift from God and especially those who come out of the womb with the energy of an F-5 tornado. So you have a hyperactive kid and you are looking for hope? Meet Rita Bergen! Her terrific anecdotes, insights, and biblical truth will aid moms (and perhaps even some dads) from the nursery room to graduation day and beyond.

Rod Handley,
Character that Counts,
Founder and President



Rita writes as a mom who knows what it’s like to be in the trenches of motherhood. She fights hard to remind us all of the greatness of the calling, but with the compassion of one who has stood in our place. I read Rita’s book while in a hectic season of caring for my four young children, including a super-active toddler, and I found her book very readable for busy moms. Her words of wisdom came as a call to hope and perseverance, even when my house resembled more of a war zone than a snapshot from a lifestyle magazine.

Kim Vanderhorst,
mother of four



Every page of Bergen’s book is filled with warmth, love, inspiration, experience, and hope. She offers readers an opportunity to see the big picture as moms to extra-active children and to understand they are not alone. Tommy’s Wired and Mommy’s Tired is a wonderful self-help treasure.

B.J. Taylor,
Writer for Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul,
and author of the memoir Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances



Rita Bergen is the real deal as a follower of Jesus Christ. I think you will enjoy what she has to say.

John Hopler,
Administrative Director, Great Commission Churches



This book is amazing! Rita Bergen encourages mothers who are walking the same path that she has already walked. I served as a Chaplain in the United States Army for twenty-four years, and one of my missions was to minister to families whose spouses were deployed to the Middle East. Rita’s book would have been so valuable to those mothers who were dealing with the issues that Rita writes about. Mothers will relate to this book because it is written to them by someone who knows what they are going through.

Chaplain (LTC) Steve Quigg,
United States Army



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Read additional chapter excerpts:

Look Inside – Intro, Chapter 1, Chapter 2

Chapter 4 – Broken Stuff

Chapter 9 – Every Child Has a Gift

Chapter 13 – Fearing the Worst

Chapter 27 – Routine Expectations

Chapter 33 – Charlie’s Letter to You