‘This book is a great antidote to the prevailing tendency to make a science of everything, even the most natural things, like raising children. Libby Purves has faith in people. As you read her book, your faith in yourself comes flooding back.’ Amazon reader, 2002
From the Back Cover
WHICH ARE YOU?
run immaculate homes
make nappies into kites
read books on Child Development
never raise their voices
have food on their jumpers
never finish anything
limp from treading on Sticklebricks
read romantic novels on the quiet
squeak with exhaustion
With sparkling humour and a low cunning born of four years spent catching food before it hits the floor, Libby Purves shows that even the most unpromising madonna can survive the years of looking after babies and toddlers.
Full of down-to-earth tips and hilarious anecdotes, this is a battle-manual for the mother on the front line – going from pregnancy to pre-schoolers, and taking in sibling fights, fraught outings, nannies and careers along the way.
Drawing on her own experience of domestic havoc with two babies, and on the wit and wisdom of fifty like-minded mothers, Libby Purves shamelessly describes how to cut the corners and bend the rules which never mattered much anyway. 'How Not to Be a Perfect Mother' is an invaluable guide to being an imperfect mother and enjoying it.