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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007284772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007284771
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 794,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liz Fraser has three young children, a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Cambridge University and is the best-selling author of The Yummy Mummy’s Survival Guide and The Yummy Mummy’s Family Handbook. She has worked in television for ten years both in production and presenting for the BBC and Channel 4 among others, and is now a regular guest on BBC Breakfast, GMTV and many other television and radio programmes as a family and parenting expert. She lives in Cambridge with her husband of twelve years and her very funny and never, ever boring children! Liz’s latest book A Spoonful of Sugar is out now.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emma R on 28 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Liz Fraser's book offers opinions on many parenting issues. The title makes the book sound like a cosy fireside chat but the content is anything but. Whether voicing the opinions of herself or her grandmother, the author is outspoken on matters from discipline to dress sense, eating to education.
The joy of the book for me was that I agreed with almost all the views expressed. The hub of her argument seemed to be that we ought to let our children live a little, exercise common sense rather than paranoia and allow children to enjoy childhood for as long as possible.
This is the first book I have read by Fraser and I did find some of her written style - the personal asides and forced matey tone - rather annoying. The content however was thought provoking and in some ways reassuring. There is so much we can do as parents to give our children a fantastic childhood, this book helped me focus on the joy of being a mum.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Z. McCormick on 29 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found this book a real let down. After reading her other book "Yummy Mummy Survival Guide" I thought this book would be on a similar par. Sadly it was like reading a novel about Liz and her Granny's conversations. Its a combination of sprawling and messy, repetitive and quite frankly obvious advice. You have a hard time drudging through Liz's terrible sense of humour and very prim point of view to get to the point which I found really unnecessary.
I would recommend Grace Saunders' book 'The Fabulous Mum's Handbook' to anyone as a much better informative read.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cupcake on 9 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a fantastic, important, timely book!! As ever, Fraser has tapped perfectly into the Zeitgeist, writing with intelligence, passion and superb wit about a subject that concerns us all. This book is what parents all over the country need: it gives simple, practical and well-reserached tips on how to put back what we all worry every day has been lost for our children: a proper childhood. Granny sounds like one amazing lady, and her Pearls of Wisdom are so sensible - just like we all remember from our own childhoods - while Liz takes this bang up to date for the modern world. This would appeal to mums and grannies alike this mother's day - I know what I'm buying mine anyway!
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Loving It! 25 Feb. 2011
By Grace G. - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, the author Liz Fraser interviews her grandmother to compare notes on good old fashioned parenting vs new parenting trends and lifestyles. The result is a fascinating view into even her grandmother's childhood and her parents' views and techniques, as well as a wonderful dialogue between generations of mothers.

My favorite thing about this book, however, is the tone. Liz comes across in an informed, but playful and relatable way, making the book a very entertaining read. I highly recommend picking up this book.

On a side note, Liz Fraser is out of the UK and the book isn't widely distributed here in the United States. A real shame as I think the US lacks a character like her in our parenting advice world. She's a great example of a modern mom that so many American women would both relate to and be able to learn from. She has a couple other books available too, and a new one coming out in 2012 I believe.
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