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Hey, I'm doing OK after all!!
on 22 January 2001
As a first time mother (FTM) to Harris, who has just turned one, I have been through the paranoia, the self doubt, the lack of confidence and the general neurotic state that only really occurs to us FTM's!
I have read all the "instructions for use of child" manuals that there is on offer and have gained a rediculous amount of useless information that has stood me in good stead for after dinner chats, but this book showed me something different. It was not an instruction manual but more a story of guidance, borne of experience, embarrassment, sadness and overwhelming joy. Now I feel that I AM a good mother and that I AM doing my job right. I do feel guilty occassionally, but I am no longer overwhelmed by it. Yes, my gorgeous little boy will annoy the living daylights out me, ignore my every word and refuse my lovingly prepared Turkey Bolognese, but I know and, more importantly, he knows that I will love him unconditionally until my last breath.
I appreciated the gentleness of this book, the humility (which is an absolute necessity during this parenting malarky!) and the confidence that has followed. A big thanks to Rob Parsons and all the mothers who contributed to this wonderful book.