Libby Purves avec How Not to Be a Perfect Mother: The International Bestseller: The International Bestseller
How Not to be a Perfect Mother A fresh new look brings this parenting classic up-to-date for a new generation of mothers and mothers-to-be. Taking an irreverent and humorous look at the trials and tribulations of motherhood, Radio 4's Libby Purves has created an invaluable survival guide so that even the most unpromising madonna can cope with the baby years. Full description
‘This book is a great antidote to the prevailing tendency to make a science of everything, even the most natural things, like raising children. Libby Purves has faith in people. As you read her book, your faith in yourself comes flooding back.’ Amazon reader, 2002
From the Back Cover
WHICH ARE YOU?
run immaculate homes
make nappies into kites
read books on Child Development
never raise their voices
have food on their jumpers
never finish anything
limp from treading on Sticklebricks
read romantic novels on the quiet
squeak with exhaustion
With sparkling humour and a low cunning born of four years spent catching food before it hits the floor, Libby Purves shows that even the most unpromising madonna can survive the years of looking after babies and toddlers.
Full of down-to-earth tips and hilarious anecdotes, this is a battle-manual for the mother on the front line – going from pregnancy to pre-schoolers, and taking in sibling fights, fraught outings, nannies and careers along the way.
Drawing on her own experience of domestic havoc with two babies, and on the wit and wisdom of fifty like-minded mothers, Libby Purves shamelessly describes how to cut the corners and bend the rules which never mattered much anyway. 'How Not to Be a Perfect Mother' is an invaluable guide to being an imperfect mother and enjoying it.
Libby Purves is a well-known author of books on childcare and family life, as well as eight bestselling novels, which have been translated into many different languages worldwide. With a background in journalism, she joined Radio 4's Today programme in 1974 and went on to present Today from 1977-81. She now presents Midweek and The Learning Curve, both also on Radio 4, as well as being a major columnist for the Times and writing for several other publications. In 1999 she was awarded the OBE for services to journalism and was Columnist of the Year. She is married with two children.