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Confessions of a Bad Mother - Stephanie Calman

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Paperback: 324 pages / Publisher: Pan / Pub1ished: 7 Feb 2006

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      20.02.2013 17:01
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      Great read for all mums

      ==Confessions of a bad mother==

      I came to purchase this book as I took part in an online auction to raise funds for re-homing local dogs which focuses on relocating strays and some of the dogs didn't have the greatest start to life. In the auction I placed a variety of bids on numerous items to help raise funds for the worthy cause and I happened to win this book alongside a few other books. Having just had a baby and wondering how other mother's felt in the first few months I thought it would be good to read a light-hearted honest account of a mother who claimed to be a bad mother, in which her story brings to light that in actual fact there is nothing "bad" about her, she just tells it how it is and doesn't succumb to the usual smug mother's club. I'm sure every mother knows what I mean by this, there is always someone whose child is unnaturally perfect in every given way and they make sure you know of this just to make you feel inadequate whether intentionally or not. Personally I think the majority of the time its intentional!

      I managed to read the book in a day, mainly because my husband was off work so I had more time to indulge in this cracking read. The book is wrote in a more professionally worded manner due to the class of the lady who wrote this book she was high in the magazine world being an editor, so she has a naturally intelligent way with words, however this does not detract from the humour and points in which you can clearly empathise with and know exactly what Stephanie (the author) is talking about. The plot divulges information on Stephanie's life from the beginning in which she never wanted children and wanted to run a hundred yards if she was to have a child thrust upon her to look after for merely a second (similar to me), the story then develops to the present in which she is rowing with her two children over who should share their chips in a restaurant (I'm sure my time will come for this eventually, if another little Perry is to come along!).

      The book follows a type of opened diary style of writing, with the book beginning in the present and ending in the present, however in between this it follows a strong chronological order and is easy to see where her life is developing as you travel further through the book. There are plenty of points any mother can relate to in some form or another, conflicting views of parenting from the father, television or no television, childcare or not working and plenty of others. Its genius way of writing does make you question your own views on each subject after you see what Stephanie says, she states that she is part of the bad mum club. However in my opinion, I think it should be that she is in the normal mum club. In which I believe most mother's would kindly place themselves and others who know them would agree. Perhaps this is not the case if you are an angel and therefore the world's best mother in every capacity. There are that many things you will read and you will laugh as you think yes that's me!

      The book for me was a light-hearted humorous look into life through pregnancy, birth and the childhood years. I defiantly do not believe this book is one to miss, I'm glad I purchased it and even more so that money went to charity in the process. Perhaps I could be in the good mum club now instead!

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