Today I am pleased to share with you my review of this incredibly funny and witty read from Stephanie Calman. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Picador books for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
When you’re pregnant you think: ‘I’m having a baby’, not a person who will eventually catch trains by themselves, share a fridge with ten strangers, go to a festival in Croatia without succumbing to a drug overdose, and one day, bring you a gin and tonic when your mother is dying.
We imagine the teenage years as a sort of domestic meteor strike, when our dear, sweet child, hitherto so trusting and mild, is suddenly replaced by a sarcastic know-all who isn’t interested in the wisdom we have to pass on. But with great honesty and refreshingly bracing wit, Stephanie Calman shows that adolescence in fact begins much earlier, around the age of seven.
And having nurtured them through every stage of development, from walking to school by themselves to their first all-night party, you find yourself alone – bereaved even – as they skip off to university without a second glance.
This is an absolutely brilliant read that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and is the perfect read for any parents out there to make them realise we are all doing the best we can as parents, and that we are also not the only ones going through this drastic change.
This book shows the change in your children as they grow up from children, to teens to young adults, and find their own independence and make their own way in the world. This is the follow on read from Confessions of a bad mother and is just as funny and hilarious as her first book. It describes the ups and downs of parenting teenagers and will really have you thinking "Wow that's happened to me too"! It has some brilliant detailing of difficult parenting and just how emotionally hard it can be being a parent and having to let them go, especially as you don't want them to make the mistakes you did but, you still want them to achieve everything they have set out to do.
There are some very emotional part to the book especially when it goes into detail about losing a parent and how that can effect your life as a parent and how hard it is to tell your children about the loss too.
This book is great at navigating the changes from teenage years to becoming an adult and gives you a good laugh along the way.
Published on 16th May 2019 by Picador Books
About the Author
Stephanie Calman is the founder of the ground-breaking Bad Mothers Club website and the author of six previous books including the best selling Confessions of a Bad Mother. She created the hit Channel 4 sitcom Dressing For breakfast and has appeared on many TV shows including Have I Got News For You and The Wright Stuff. She has also written for most British newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, Observer, Guardian, Cosmopolitan, GQ and Harpers & Queen, and has contributed to a wide variety of radio programmes including Woman's Hour and The Today Programme. She is married to the author Peter Grimsdale.
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