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"In her blunt, sometimes caustic, manifesto, Waugh tackles the issues that dominate parenting blogs and torment mothers daily. Breast-feeding, crying-it-out, the dismal sport of competitive birthday parties―Waugh skewers them all. She's like the chain-smoking, worldly aunt who takes a deep drag on her cigarette before blowing a cloud of smoke in your face and telling you to stop worrying and get on with your life."―The New York Times Book Review

"Mothers of all ages and stages will be entertained by Waugh’s provocative book."―Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Daisy Waugh is a weekly humor columnist writing on family for The Sunday Times of London, among other publications, a presenter on BBC radio, and a novelist. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627790128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627790123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book from the library and now I am buying it. That is how good this book is. I don't write reviews often but I do read reviews because I do value what other people have to say and most of the time what I would say has been said for me by brilliant people who need less sleep. I was pretty astonished to find only 8 reviews for this book so far and many of them lackluster. I was shocked. Where are all my like minded reviewers.....did they suddenly need more sleep? I think possibly they just haven't read this book so I am taking one for the team and writing this review.
This book is fun, remarkably well written, with a true sense of humor and written to people who have one. I found myself a couple times wondering...is she kidding or not on that one? How fun to actually be able to wonder and not have the author talk down to the reader, she keeps you wondering a bit. She speaks to her readers like she speaks to her kids, honestly and willing to not take things so seriously, imagining that the reader, much like her own children, can think for themselves. What a breath of fresh air. Parenting can be utilized to avoid your own life and avoid the uncomfortable feelings that actually go with raising a human being who is flawed and complicated and whose life will be too but it can also mean something different. This book offers a different approach and if it is not your perfect approach she wouldn't care and is by no means saying do it my way or at least I certainly didn't read that. I love this book. She actually states how "me time" is the same all the time...get it....she means that when you parent your children it is YOUR time too and it is more fun if you enjoy it.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun to read and I had a lot of laugh out loud moments. As a first time self doubting mother, worrying about ever detail of parenting, I related to the authors trials and tribulations. The "what happens to the men", "I don't have time to bake" etc. Its a lot of the things we experience but feel guilty saying. I could really relate to this author. I
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This is the first book review that I have ever written, but I felt this strongly about the book.

As a parent who actually enjoys spending time with my children, this book was insulting. I am not overly sensitive and have a pretty open sense of humor. However, Waugh assumes that all parents would be happier working and not spending time at home with their kids. She assumes that all stay-at-home moms have a dislike of stay-at-home dads. She basically thinks that motherhood is all about mom, and that mom shouldn't have to actually put any effort into raising kids.

Again, I am generally open to all ideas (I am an English major...reading a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction is my thing), but Waugh is just rude in tone. I was hoping for so much more from this book.
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First I want to thank Daisy Waugh for a delightful book to read and for Goodreads First Read Giveaway program for making it possible for me to win The Kids Will Be Fine ~ Guilt Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women.

The Kids Will Be Fine ~ Guilt-Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women is a fun look at being a mother that covers many subjects in five areas. Part One is Pregnancy and Birth with a witty look at parenting classes for expectant mothers and fathers and Daisy Waugh is right who wants to go see a movie of the private event of the birth of a baby in a room full of other stranger men and women with the knowledge that soon you are going to have to face that messy and painful event of birth yourself?

The second part is Baby Care and I particularly liked the section on the use of disposable diapers vs. using cloth and saving the planet. If you are a die in the wool ecologist, skip this section, you won't get her humor. For the rest of us she gives a unique view that made me smile. The third section is called Child Care talks about the guilt of leaving your child to go back to work, trying to stay at home to be a full time mother to daddy-daughter relations where your loving husband declares his daughter is never... Well where does the fool think his daughter came from anyway?

Section four is School starting with preschool, parent-teacher meetings and the all-time favorite of any working parent, homework when all you want is to veg-out but the kids need your 'help' with some math you never seen before when you went to school. (Personally I can remember one math teacher that called me and asked me to quit helping with algebra because the way I learned it has all changed and I was confusing my child, not helping them and he would tutor my son if needed.
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I couldn't get through this book. I found her tone very irritating, as though she was insulting any opinion that is contrary to hers. I don't believe I'm overly sensitive and I consider myself to have a pretty good sense of humor, but this book elicited a series of eye rolls from me. I am a mother who is secure in my role as a stay at home mom (and also... gasp!... preferred my birth experience without an epidural over my experience with one), and this book just did not speak to me at all.
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