Part-Time Working Mummy: A Patchwork Life Hardcover – 12 Jul 2018
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Blogging star Part-Time Working Mummy reveals her life in all its brilliantly chaotic glory - the screw-ups, surprises and downright hilarious moments in a mad patchwork family.
About the Author
Rachaele Hambleton, aka Part-Time Working Mummy, is one of the most popular personalities in the parenting blogosphere. She is a full time mum to three daughters, step-mum to two boys and is recently married to her 'bird-boy' Josh. Her successful blog documents the highs and lows of life as a family of seven... with two dogs and two guinea pigs thrown in for good measure. As well as blogging and bringing up 5 tiny humans, Rachaele fights hard for awareness and funds for domestic abuse and other charities.
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Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just another one of those parenting books that gives you tips on feeding your kids broccoli by calling them ‘green trees’ or promotes the good old ‘time out’. This is so much more.
This is for anyone who’s ever faced, or is facing, dark times. This book is for you if:
- you’ve ever felt lost or abandoned
- you’re trying to be the best parent you can be but constantly feel like everyone but you has got it nailed
- you’ve ever been bullied (or worse, experienced your kids being bullied)
- you’ve been hurt or let down by someone who’s supposed to love you
- you’ve felt like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
Rachael’s story is one that you may be able to relate to on many levels but if not, it will definitely stay with you. You’ll want to be kinder, less judgemental, more aware of those around you and less concerned about what others think of you. Most importantly, you’ll see that there can always be light at the end of the tunnel.
On the day it arrived I was so excited. I waited though, until all the kids were in bed, the husband was happily engrossed in a film, the housework was done, it was then my time! I took myself off to bed, and started reading.
I literally could not put it down. I cried, I laughed, I cried a bit more. So much of the book resonated with me. The failed relationships, the abuse, all the forms it comes in, which when so young you don’t recognise, things don’t feel right but you don’t know how to get out. The hideous overbearing crippling anxiety and depression that you try to work through but you just feel like you’re drowning. Seeing the look on your families faces from the lies until you can no longer bare to see them anymore. The powerful realisation of the hurt you have caused by being with an abuser.
The hope that comes from one person’s wish to not see you suffer anymore.
It got late and I couldn’t read anymore, literally my eyes needed matchstick. I wanted to do the book justice and read it properly, not miss out a single sentence. I woke up early, 5am, an unheard of time when you have 3 kids (every minute in bed is precious) but I wanted to finish the book. Plus, getting up early before anyone was awake meant I didn’t have ‘mum guilt', they were still sleeping soundly, it was a win win!
I finished the book, I enjoyed every unadulterated minute of it.
It was cathartic from start to finish.
I will most definitely be reading it again soon. Setting my alarm and being immersed in writing so raw, so passionate, so honest, real and damn true. That is uplifting.
If you don’t follow the PTWM page, you should, it’s a revelation, and has been my saviour. Support the causes by any means that you can, every little helps.
Thank you Rachaele
Keep on doing what you do so well, being real xx
Reading this mum’s experiences and reading her advice at the end of each segment really opened my eyes to past events I had over-looked (being young and naive at the time)and really helped me feel more positive about them.
This book is a must for any mother, because it’s skmething that stays with you for a long time after, and I feel thenarvice will be invaluable in the future
I have read a fair few books in my time but this book is by far the best autobiography I have ever and think I will ever read in my life. I have so much admiration for Rachael writing this and reliving everything she's been through, she's an amazing bloody brave woman and a queen by far. I wish you every happiness and success in your future. Much love xxxx