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on 24 April 2013
This is the kind of book that I imagine was great when it was first published, but felt too out-of-date to me to really resonate with my experience of motherhood.

It's very readable and there were odd bits that made me laugh aloud, but overall it is a book of tips and advice - I think I'd been hoping more for a book that would be cathartic with its humour. Lots of advice was probably refreshing honest and even radical in places when it was first published but feels quite mainstream now e.g.in the toddler section, you'll find suggestions to use distraction to head off unwanted behaviour, to buy toys from jumble sales, and to do potty training in the summer . Much has changed since the book was written (in the 1980s?). For example, a fair chunk of the book is about childcare and returning to work, and it all focused on nannies and child minders with no mention of nurseries. The author did an update in 2004, but ultimately, the experience of being a mother has changed so much since then in terms of the pressures, issues and so on, that I don't think it can hope to hit the mark in the way that it probably did originally.
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on 9 September 2017
Funny book about first 3 years of having a baby BUT be warned it's very old fashioned. Bought for my daughter who is stressing about all the info given about babies but won't pass on
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on 5 August 2017
funny...also gives you an insight into parenting habits of different era....time moves on fast!
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on 27 September 2013
It jsut takes you the fear of doing it all wrong! You can't do it wrong, just choose your own way and stick with it.
There are a lot of really helpful tips in there, which I would really recommend! Nobody needs to be perfect - no one is. Stop trying and enjoy doing it your way!
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on 6 August 2014
A lighthearted read that challenges many of the more modern manuals for mothers ( the perfect antidote for those of us who don't have time to knit a birth pool from yaks wool or grow organic broccoli to purée for our young ones). However, lighthearted it may be but it is full of honest advice to support the first time Mum in doing her best for her offspring as well as holding on to her sanity.
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on 24 March 2008
i loved this book - an entertaining read, full of good advice, the best being trust yourself. so do! she doesn't always get it right, but she isn't far wrong most of the time. and she doesn't judge you. calmed me down when i was getting worried, which is the most i could have wanted from any book.. worth a read..
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on 26 January 2015
i am reading this 30 years too late, but it is is still fun to read she writes so well and apparently so sincerely.
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on 5 August 2015
Dated but still relevant. My favourite line is where she compares a baby's sleep to the weather, just because it rained at 9.30 yesterday it doesn't mean it will rain at 9.30 today!
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on 2 March 2018
Perfect as bought for a present
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on 24 July 2015
brilliant, as described speedy delivery
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