If you’re wondering whether you are really ready to have a baby, you should grab a copy of How To Have A Baby And Not Lose Your Shit, by Kirsty Smith (published by Bennion Kearney). It’s funny, yes, but more importantly it sends the message that when it comes to having and raising kids, don’t sweat the small stuff. You don’t have to be the perfect parent, you don’t have to have the perfect child, heck you don’t even have to have the perfect life… the best way to be a good mom is to just roll with the punches and expect the unexpected. And above all, just remain as calm as possible; both you and your child will make it through and as long as you love him (or her) and have their best interest at heart everything will turn out okay in the end. The best approach to parenthood I can advise a new parent to take is to view it as comedic fodder for future recall, because, oh you will! You will recall it, the stories will be standard holiday time storytelling fare for years to come!
Kirsty Smith has a great writing style, I simply could not put this book down. Seriously, I could’ve written this book if I’d thought of it, I’ve got enough stories from both my own childhood with my siblings as well as my children’s lives. She just beat me to it, darn it! ha ha
At first glance, many will assume this book is about how to survive parenting, but quite the opposite is true. No it’s not about failing as a parent, either. It’s about taking the good with the bad and seeing the bright side of all if it. Even when you feel like less than a stellar parent, just being yourself and doing the best you know how is enough.
It will appeal to expectant, new and experienced mothers, alike. Those of you who have kids will identify with some of the experiences in the book for sure.
It even includes a chapter about the dreaded “M” words… miscarriage and money, the terrifying task of finding childcare, and body image after pregnancy among other important issues.
This book is going straight into my bookshelf to be a baby shower gift for my daughter when she is expecting her first baby. She’s 22, but not in a serious relationship at the moment. So, it may be awhile, but I shall be prepared when the time doth arrive!
About the Author
In her career as a TV Producer working in magic & comedy, Kirsty Smith introduced Russell Brand to an erotic lady wrestler, locked two presenters in a cage with 60 chickens for a week, and was made to magically appear dressed as a Morris Dancer from a giant pair of underpants. Now at home with two small children, life is almost exactly the same but even funnier and with added rice cakes. Kirsty blogs as Eeh Bah Mum.
Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned book for free to facilitate review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
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