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Good Mother, Bad Mother [Kindle Edition]

Gina Ford
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Pressurised by the media, scrutinised by their peers, frowned upon even by those closest to them, mothers today face relentless criticism and pressure. Breast or bottle? Work or stay at home? Routine or feeding-on-demand? The choices are infinite and at the heart of each question is the more controversial and divisive debate of what makes a good mother. Good Mother, Bad Mother is an illuminating, moving and thought-provoking study of this enigmatic question. Never before has the subject of motherhood been tackled with such unflinching honesty.

Drawing on her experience of thousands of mothers, bestselling parenting author Gina Ford has turned her attention to the women charged with bringing up the next generation. She addresses the challenges of contemporary motherhood and fervently argues that these awe-inspiring women seldom receive the support, respect and admiration they deserve. And for the first time, in a candid, personal account, Gina interweaves stories from her own childhood, revealing how her relationship with her own mother has shaped the choices she has made.

Any woman who has ever doubted her capabilities as a mother will find comfort and reassurance in the insights of the woman whose books have been justly described a 'godsend'.

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"Gina Ford is a saint ... Good Mother, Bad Mother is funny, surprising and poignant" (Ruth Langsford, This Morning presenter Woman's Own)

"sometime humorous, sometimes poignant, this is a thought-provoking publication" (Irish Independent)

"a reassuring read... This book will help any uncertain mum to detach herself from today's many pressures to be the perfect mother" (Pregnancy Baby & You)

"an insightful and compassionate read" (Modern Mum)

Book Description

A compelling, highly personal examination of contemporary motherhood from Britain's number one childcare expert

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 289 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (31 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D15TDW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #452,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gina Ford's Contented Little Baby Book became a runaway bestseller when it was first published ten years ago. She continues to be the number one bestselling author of childcare books in the UK. Her advice and methods have been a godsend to tired, stressed parents throughout the world and have helped a generation of children go to bed on time and sleep calmly through the night. She runs a hugely popular website: and has published over twelve parenting books.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very reassuring as a first time mum 21 July 2007
This book helped me with a lot of my fears of being a first time mum and also helped me understand my relationship with my own mum.
A first time mum has so much information to hand it is hard to know what is right and what is wrong.
This book goes through the emotions that come with being a mother, whether of a new born or a grown up child, without being patronising or judgemental.
It helped me come to terms with all the problems and heartbreak I had when breastfeeding.
It gave me some belly laughs, enlightenment and understanding and I know from reading it I have a more balanced perspective of being a mum.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comforting and reassuring 11 Feb. 2008
This book is a wonderful read,the author honestly reflects on her own relationship with her mother and how she shaped her life. The author also shares the stories of mothers she has worked with and I felt I could really identify with them, leaving me feeling less isolated and more normal! Although the author herself isn't a mother she displays amazing intuition to many of the issues and conflicts mothers battle with, such as dealing with inlaws to making choices on how feed your baby. It's very refreshing to hear from someone looking in from the outside.I would recommend this as a funny, refreshing and reflective read for all mums.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE READ THIS BOOK BEFORE YOU REVIEW IT! 1 July 2007
As a fan of Gina Ford I am saddened to read reviews on this website which trash Gina and her methods, when it's blatently obvious to anyone who does follow her ethos, that these people have never even read the book let alone attempted to write an informative review!

Perhaps these people attempt to make themselves feel better by putting someone else down?

This book is a heartwarming and thought provoking script looking at all aspects of motherhood. It emcompasses views from mothers of all ages, experiences, social situations and origins. It takes the reader on a projective journey through their own experience of motherhood, and leaves the reader feeling more fulfilled, less guilt ridden and generally better about themselves. My husband read it and claims it gave him more of an understanding of women and their struggles as mothers and it has strengthened his relationship with his children. Highly recommended for all mothers out there who are looking for support and encouragement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 9 Sept. 2007
I have a 9 months old son and have been following the advice in Gina Ford's parenting books since he was born. I cannot talk highly enough about her parenting books. This book however is entirely for the mothers. The book discusses various aspects of motherhood, difficulties that mothers go through, and how relationships can change in different ways when the baby arrives. I found a lot about myself in this book. It has loads of real life stories as well. I would strongly recommend it to all mothers but also the dads, grandmothers and so on.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for modern mums! 22 Jun. 2007
I love this book!! I've had a copy since it was first published and just read it (for the third time) last week. Everytime I read it I cry!!! It makes me feel so proud to be a mother - Gina's examination of the pressures on modern parents, and the insights into her relationship with her own mother, make fascinating and thought-provoking reading. I couldn't care one iota whether or not Gina Ford has kids, she has worked with hundreds of mothers in her career and is very well-placed to objectively observe our pressures.

Definately not just for those who follow the Contented Little Baby routines, "Good Mother Bad Mother" is essential reading for all mums today!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd read this before having a child 4 April 2008
I found this book really touching. I read it from cover to cover in one night and will definitely re read it. Its very well written and helped me understand some of the issues I faced in the first year of motherhood. It was also very moving hearing about the author's own childhood experience. I felt it gave a balanced, sensible view of motherhood and parenting. I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A relief to read 6 Mar. 2007
By KatesA
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I would like to state that there are the anti Gina Ford bregade who obviously write reviews without reading the book.

If they had read the book then they wouldn't be so harsh to keep bringing up the fact that Gina isn't a mother herself. This book was born from her relationship with her mother. It doesn't just discuss a new mother's role and pressures in the 2000's but the historic change in the mothering role - which is very interesting. It also covers the relationship with our own mothers, sons relationships with their mothers, external mothers EG aunts etc., etc.,

Throughout the book Gina shows the various experiences of motherhood but not once does she judge. This is the overall theme of the book is not to judge each other.

As a first time mum I found this book a relief to clarify that some of the pressures I felt as mum in the 2000's was real.

Put it this way - in 2005, after a long and traumatic labour, I was booted out of hospital having had no help with latching on. Then a midwife kept me in the bedroom with my 2 week old baby who had just fed (bottle) and was asleep, stripped her down so she would be cold enough to stay awake and tried to get her to latch. After 2 hours of my baby and I being utterly distraught she mumbled "it would take perserverence". As a new Mum Gina's books were a lifeline when I was at an all time low. My daughter is growing into an affectionate, chattering joy who loves her veg and I am positive that is because Mum is happy and content within her role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd read this earlier
As a mother to a rambunctious toddler, I find it quite hard going at times but this book reassured me totally. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erin Tabinor
3.0 out of 5 stars This was an ok book, nothing extraordinary
I expected more of this book, it had some poignant moments and it made me more reflective on myself, but I think it fell short of its full potential to bring mothers together.
Published 22 months ago by C. Watts
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality
Was pleased with the book. Well worth the money for a hard back book. Del very quick and pleased with service given.
Published on 22 Mar. 2013 by Ms. Am Charlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for advice- just true understanding
This book is not what I thought it would be at all.
It's personal and touching and seems to look deep into the hearts of mothers all around. Read more
Published on 18 Jan. 2012 by Tamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I think this is a very good. It definitely makes you think about things and not be too hard on yourself.
Published on 28 July 2010 by 1st time mum
3.0 out of 5 stars nice reading
The book is a nice read, particularly the first chapter. It shares a lot of experience of different mother-children relationship of this country, and for me it is an eye-opener. Read more
Published on 22 May 2010 by Jun Du
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
A good read, interesting from a new mother's point of view, as one who may be struggling with numerous different feelings on motherhood, ranging from good to bad. Read more
Published on 18 May 2009 by J. Lomax
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. All mothers should read this!!!
This is a marvellous book. It gives so much insight to Gina Ford and makes you understand the whys about her routines and books... Read more
Published on 4 May 2009 by H. Norwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read from the most controversial maternity nurse
I enjoyed this book a lot. Gina recommends a routine for most babies which sounds quite draconian. A read through the book gives us an idea of what she is really about. Read more
Published on 4 May 2009 by antz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Book!!!!!
One of the best books to read as a mum who may from time to time doubt themselves. It is somehow reassuring to see what you are feeling in black and white. Read more
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