I Don't Know Why She Bothers: Guilt Free Motherhood For Thoroughly Modern Women Paperback – 22 May 2014
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It is a hilarious, timely book - and a rare and potent antidote to the guilt, exhaustion and anxiety that threaten to poison every aspect of modern motherhood. (SUNDAY TIMES)
To read this book as a new mother is to know the pure joy of someone speaking for - and up for - you at a time when you have not the resources to do so yourself...fantastically energetic, heartfelt and witty identification of all the absurdities created by maternal guilt...a hilarious, timely book. (Lucy Mangan SUNDAY TIMES)
The provocative I Don't Know Why She Bothers by Daisy Waugh is one for women who feel life is too short to make their own fish fingers! (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)
Waugh's book is not so much a call for bad mothering to return as a return to a more laissez-faire parenting, liberated from all the fear and guilt women impose on themselves...Waugh is refreshingly frank, swears like a sailor and debunks the sanctification of motherhood with relish....This is probably one of the funniest parenting guides you'll find. (THE OBSERVER)
I Don't Know Why She Bothers isn't a guide or a handbook; it's merely saying what a lot of women think. No doubt the Mumgelicals will want to burn this book and Waugh's effigy, but I think it should be given away free with every pregnancy test. (IRISH INDEPENDENT)
This self-help book deserves pride of place by on slummy-mummy Bridget Darcy's bedside table. (THE METRO)
A timely, intelligent and important book for fans of LEAN IN and Caitlin Moran: why do modern mothers allow themselves to suffer from so much guilt?See all Product Description
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So, in that sense, completely aimed at me!
The book covers a lot of ground, from trivial school meetings to Tupperware snack pots, from martyr mothers to nits. A lot of the time it reads like a very entertaining and humorous rant by someone who sounds like she would be a hoot in the pub. Occasionally, it veers off into advice (e.g. items you will buy for your baby that you will not use) and it is here that I thought this was less successful, being so personal to her experience and not mirroring mine (yes, OK, stair gates are unsightly, but when you have steep stairs and stone floors, they're kind of essential...)
Despite the niggles (and the amount of typos in the book is another one), I found lots here to enjoy. I'd recommend this if you want a whirlwind tour through some of the absurdities of parenting and can accept that your tour guide is incredibly opinionated (but very funny). It might even make you feel a bit less guilty about your own (perceived) failures...
I wish every mother could at least read this book, regardless of their views. It is inspiring.
After years of battling with guilt, and inadequate feelings, and wondering why I was doing it so 'wrong' this book has finally set me free. I shall continue with my barrister training and social pursuits guilt free, confident that my Love for my children is completely enough, even if I do, on the odd occasion, forget their packed lunch.
Thank you Daisy xxx
Every page had me laughing out loud at something she had written. Calling all mums! A bell will ring with a lot of what she writes. And you will laugh so much I promise.
Daisy is so down to earth, lives in the real world and tells it like it is.
A brilliant read.
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This is a book that openly states that it will probably offend a lot of people (such as the 'Mumgelicals' and 'Stepford Mums') but that it exists to argue that the important thing... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mrs. E. J. F. Eldridge
I feel as most 5 * givers that this book should be read by every mother of young children, before you waste your life worrying about loads of stuff that is just not worth worrying... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Catharina van Meel
This is probably the worst book on motherhood I have ever read. Despite constant reminders that the author despises the various stereotypes of mums, she continually uses them and... Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2014 by Gemma K Randall
useful addition to bookshelf of new mum, but it's not to be taken too seriously. No more words to add.Published on 13 Feb. 2014 by carin
As a man just about to become a father I bought this for my wife. She loved and laughed out loud so much while reading it that I decided to have a look myself. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by Adam Evans