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The Sixty Minute Mother
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2001
This book lets you know time and again that you are not alone. Every mother goes through more or less the same problems and at one point or another and has asked herself if she was mad in having children. This book is like that friend you need, telling you that it's alright, your children won't grow up to be axe murderers simply because you screamed at them once... The impt thing is to be the best mother you can be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2012
I loved this book. Very easy to read and unlike some parenting books actually made me feel a better parent and appreciate my children more having read it. One wee excerpt is a response of a stay at home mother to the question "do you work?". She replied

"Yes, I am in a programme of social development. At present I'm working with three agegroups. First, with babies and toddlers. That involves a basic grasp of medicine and child psychology. Next, I'm working with teenagers. I confess the programme is not going too well in that area. Finally, at evenings and weekends I work with a man aged thirty-nine who's exhibiting all the classic symptoms of midlife crisis. This mainly involves psychiatric work. The whole job involves planning a "make it happen" attitude and the ability to crisis-manage. I used to be an international supernodel - but I got bored."

Not very gracious I know but very funny!
The book also has a section on "when a mother is alone" and "when a mother is sick" which is very moving.
At the end of each chapter there is "sixty second wisdom" points and a "take a break" page which includes stories from real mums.
Would thoroughly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2002
What a refreshing book. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me realise I am not alone with the problems, the fears and the embarassing moments! An excellent read and a book that every mum should read just to feel encouraged and to know that we are doing a good job no matter how hard it may seem. I can't wait to read the book for Dad's now!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2003
This book should be given out along with your Bounty pack as you leave the hospital! I didn't read it until my second child was 4 months, it came as a much needed, light-hearted dose of reality reading. The message is loud and clear, all us parents are just doing the best we can - and thank goodness that's okay!
Go on, give your parenting confidence a boost and snap this little gem up today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2011
If I ever get to meet Rob Parsons, I will hug him to within an inch of his life! I have suffered with AND/PND and huge doses of mummy guilt. I compared myself to everyone and I felt unworthy till I read this book. Rob and his family share their experiences and you get honest and frank accounts of being a mum from people of all walks of life. I laughed and I cried reading this book.

Rob is no super nanny, there is no advice about time outs and temper tantrums. Rob provides insight in how not to aspire to the the perfect parent(they don't exist) but instead be the best parent you can to you children, love them, hug them, play with them and when its time let them grow.

Every mum should have a copy of this book - for me its been a sanity saver.
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on 17 February 2013
It was short... and sweet. A large part of which made up of letters to the author. The book didn't seem to progress to a conclusion but a fairly random collection and layout of annecdotes, ideas, advice and references to the underlying organisation that the author is MD of. It has left me with a couple of new perspectives on being a mum that I am glad to benefit from the hindsight of others in order that I don't have regrets in the future. A very easy read.
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on 31 December 2013
I went to an amazing talk by the author recently, and will still purchase his other book about getting your children through church. However, I found this book quite flimsy, lacking in content and without anything new to add. Maybe I have read too many other similar books and it is my fault. I still think it would be a great present for a Christian mother who is struggling a bit with feeling overwhelmed etc but I was disappointed.
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on 13 December 2012
I love this book. It is an easy read and is very encouraging. It is reassuring to know that other people feel the same as you do. It's part of a great series of books. I have friends who have read this and gone on to buy the equivalent version for their partner.
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on 28 May 2009
Bought this for my Nephews wife on the birth of their first child, along with 60 min Father. Every new mother should have a copy of this book and read it.
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