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How to be an Amazing Mum When You Just Don't Have the Time: The Ultimate Handbook for Hassled Mothers [Paperback]

Tanith Carey
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22 May 2009
Are you a time-starved mum who doesn't have enough hours in the day? Does time famine mean you are struggling to keep your show on the road? Whatever age your children are, this is the book for you - a hands-on guide to fitting it all in - so you can still find time to be a great parent. Forget complex time management plans. Packed full of ingenious short-cuts, How To Be An Amazing Mum contains lively, tried-and-tested advice, which every modern mother needs NOW to stay on top of her hectic life and ever-changing priorities. This book will tell you how to: * Head off mess before it happens - and choose toys which won't leave your home looking like a bombsite * Dress your kids in clothes that will keep your laundry and ironing piles manageable * Throw together a nutritious school lunchbox - in just ONE minute * Stay in shape and lose weight - even when the kids don't allow you time to exercise * Get your children to do what you ask, the first time, not the twentieth * Create the 'Fast Mum's' face - and look perfect in moments Whether you're juggling the demands of home or office or fighting the eternal battle to keep the kitchen clean, this book will help you find more time for your children, your partner - and even yourself!

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson plc (22 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745953751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745953755
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tanith Carey is the author of six books, ranging from biography to social history and parenting.
She writes opinion and features for a wide range of publications all over the world including The Guardian, The Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the Daily Mail, Grazia, Woman and Woman's Own and the New York Daily News.
Tanith's latest book, Taming the Tiger Parent - How to put the Well-being of your Child First in a Competitive World is to be published by Constable/Little Brown on September 4, 2014.
Her acclaimed guide for parents Where Has My Little Girl Gone?, which has now been translated into ten languages, is also to be republished in a completely updated edition in 2015 by Icon Books.
Until then, it will not be on sale, but please contact the author direct via her website if you have any queries.
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Packed full of utterly ingenious eye-opening tips - exactly what every time-starved mum needs to find more hours in the day. --Fiona Phillips, television presenter

About the Author

Tanith Carey is a journalist who writes for several national papers and magazines, including The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and The Daily Mail, and Cosmopolitan, Grazia, and Hello, among others. She is the amazing mum of two daughters, Lily and Clio.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This book is designed to be read in little chunks, during nap time, waiting for ballet lessons to end etc... as its written by a mum of two little girls there are probably more useful tips for parents of girls than boys (I thankfully don't have to deal with long hair for my boys).

There are some very useful tips (get a milkman as the online service allows you to place an adhoc order in the evening for a pint or two in the morning, use vegetable oil on shoes rather than coloured polish) but I felt that some of the tips assume a larger budget than some people have at the momment, yes a good high quality dishwasher is very useful in keeping the kitchen (and whole family) moving but if we had to get a new one (hopefully we won't as we only replaced ours six months ago) now that I'm giving up work it would be a cheap family sized one, as my Mum pointed out the milkman would also cost more than walking to the 24 hour tesco's (not that Dairy Crest cover our area anyway).

I especially liked some of the housework tips, like cleaning your fridge before the online delivery man comes to refill the fridge and putting greaseproof paper on top of cupboards rather than regularly cleaning the top of your cupboard (I must confess, I haven't managed to do it once so it must be really gross up there!).

Last night, I tried the tip on wahing hair with a sponge rather than simply empty a toy bucket of water over Ben's head but sadly that didn't work for us, the sponge rinsing took too long and seemed to prolong the agony of rinsing the shampoo out, that said I do think that on a child who isn't completely phobic about hair washing the sponge trick could be very useful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing mummy 5 Jun 2009
I wish I'd had this book two and a half years ago when my first child was born - it would have saved me a fortune and my sanity. Well-researched, inspiring, entertaining and most importantly, full of really good, achievable ideas.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This book may be just what you have been searching for to help you find a few more hours in each day, as it deals with the most common cry from mothers everywhere of `I just haven't got time.......' and focuses on 10 of the most common time hungry tasks we have to juggle as working mums. The book is written in a very friendly and straight forward manner, but also manages to remain light hearted and humorous. There is a distinct feel that all the suggestions have been implemented personally by the author, and with success!

Part 1 looks at how to keep your home & children under control. Like many great books there is nothing radical and nothing complicated - just lots of practical and straightforward ideas. I like the style of this book because it is similar to talking to my friends; it is like hearing how other people manage things, and being given `permission' almost to cut corners, make things simple and just to focus on the important things. There is a good mixture of advice - some is simple and straight forward and will have instant results, while other ideas are about changing your perspective on `the bigger picture', and implementing `systems' that in the long run will pay dividends.

In the chapters dealing with `child management' there is a lovely balance of sound parenting advice, discipline and also knowing when to relax a little, for the sake of your children and your sanity! It recognises how tough consistent parenting can be, and `The Seven Most Likely Sins of Harassed Parents' is very accurate. It talks about some of the most common adult reactions to children's behaviour but then explains why that isn't the best approach and offers a Time saving solution.

I love the fact that part 2 is devoted to you - the mummy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, easy read. 14 Mar 2010
OK, so lots of the ideas in this book are simple and common sense.

However, sometimes you can't think of the most simple things to do when you are running around, being a Mum.

An easy read, with some great ideas to make life more simple.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Amazing Mums book ever 15 July 2009
There were times when I've in despair trying to keep up with the cooking, tidying, tantrums that are involved in having kids. When I came across this book, I couldn't believe
there was a finally something out there to help me, It's clever advice that really works. I've mentioned it to all my mums friends who are also not afraid to admit it all gets on top of them from time to time. Plus it's written with lots of humour like the author's really been through it all. I keep it my handbag so I can get it out to help any of my mummy mates who need a tip or two!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A working mother's best friend. 30 Jun 2009
This book is a clever, well written book with a mass of new ideas for working mothers in a hurry. Ms Carey really comes up with some excellent time friendly suggestions. Every working mother should get fact every mother should get it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - this book will be your best friend 14 May 2009
I am a full-time working Mum with two small children and this book is so packed full of useful time-saving tips that I don't quite know how I managed without it. I suppose I didn't!! Also, very useful stuff about what your rights are if you are returning to work with helpful hints on how to get your employer to agree to flexible working. An incredibly useful book in a handy "handbag" size for easy reference!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Sexist Mum covers everything in cheese
Although this lady has some good common sense tips, on the whole I found the way that she talked about her children quite disturbing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stinthis
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, useless.
This book is full of tips you would never do. "Make a week's worth marmite sandwiches and freeze them for your kids' school lunches" as well as useless tips "upgrade to broadband"... Read more
Published 17 months ago by victoria lauder
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab little book!
This is a brilliant book and has so many tips for the busy mum. Lots of time saving hints and suggestions of quick and easy meals - really really good book!
Published on 2 July 2012 by malouey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written
Some times it's not what's written but how it's written. This book is clear and simple ideas that are easy to up into place and actually work. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's how to..
When my mother in law gave me this I was just a little bit offended! But it's a book full of ingenious ideas that made my life as a mum easier and that I would never have thought... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by Izzy
3.0 out of 5 stars more for a well off city mum
Some interesting points but most common sense or adding a lot of expense at a time most families trying to cut down on unnecessary costs. We could all save time by spending more. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
I ordered this book after a friend recommended it to me. Great to dip in and out of with some great tips!
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by charlotte
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy book.
When I got this I was still fairly new to being a working mum, but it didn't tell me much that I didn't know already. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by S. Corbett
5.0 out of 5 stars a mini bible for busy mums
Published on 22 Aug 2010 by mo
5.0 out of 5 stars read on the run
Highly recommend. It's full of great tips and anything you don't like in it, just don't do - or maybe try and it and you might surprise yourself! Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2010 by Mrs. Mp Fenn
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