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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.
Candid, touching and very, very funny, Confessions of a Bad Mother: The Teenage Years offers hope to despairing and exhausted parents everywhere. Read it and discover that your teenager is not the enemy after all.
Wow, what a laugh! Absolutely loved the humour in this and I think any parent will feel exactly the same.
I will be facing the teenage years in less than three short years and felt this was a great introduction to that period – much better than the other teenager parenting guide available and definitely more funny!
I recommend this to all parents, whatever your age of child as you will still identify with parts of the book in the pre-teen and toddler stages. Touching, honest and laugh out loud, a big hit for me and a really enjoyable read.
I do hope you enjoyed my review and if you are a parent yourself, consider getting a copy. Although a scary prospect, the teenage years can’t be all bad….right?
Thank you to Compulsive Readers for including me on this blog tour. I was gifted the book in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links do not affect your purchase in any way but may earn the blog some extra pennies – thank you. Check out other reviews of this book at the blogs listed below