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This is the only "childcare manual" allowed in my house,
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This review is from: How Not to Be a Perfect Mother: The Crafty Mother's Guide to a Quiet Life (Paperback)
One day I am going to write to Ms Purves and claim a share of her royalties for this book. I found it by chance when about four months pregnant fourteen years ago; it is with me still as a "never lend" - but I have bought any number of copies for friends and family. I can vouch for the fact that it has cheered up the depressed, encouraged the weary, and amused all.
Yes I suppose it is dated in some respects. However, there are some principles of motherhood that do not change, and what I especially enjoyed about this book was its essential subversiveness, compared with the terrible guilt trips offered by the middle class bible thumpers.... At the time, this was the only book I came across that even contemplated the possibility that a mother might want to go out to work - or have to - and offered moral support and practical advice instead of disapproval.
I can thoroughly recommend the two subsequent books as well; my children are a year or two younger than Ms Purves', and I am still hoping for the one about teenagers....