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The Kids Will Be Fine: Guilt-Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women [Kindle Edition]

Daisy Waugh

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A bracing, hilarious manifesto for motherhood as it ought to be: spontaneous, loving, and just a little bit selfish

Pre-chewing toddler food. Flash cards for two-year-olds. Endless hours of school gatherings to sit through in smiling silence. How did motherhood—which even under the best circumstances comes with a million small costs and compromises—become a venue for female martyrdom, verging on a sort of socially approved mass masochism? How did the great natural force of maternal love get channeled into a simpering, slavish adherence to an inflexible social norm, a repressive sentimentality festooned with hideous pastel baby accessories? How did the bar to good motherhood get set so high that it’s impossible for modern mothers not to feel like they’re failing?

It doesn’t have to be this way—and Daisy Waugh is here to tell us how to opt out of the masochism cycle. Part feminist manifesto, part hilarious rant, The Kids Will Be Fine asks modern mothers to stop confusing love with subjugation. This is a book for moms everywhere who are fed up with the constant stream of unsolicited, impractical, guilt-inducing advice directed their way; for moms who have always secretly suspected that children would turn out okay even without handmade organic snacks or protective toddler headgear. With biting wit and lancing observations, Waugh gives women permission to slough off the judgments, order in some pizza, and remember that motherhood is also about the mother.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Daisy Waugh is a weekly humor columnist writing on family for The Sunday Times of London, among other publications, a presenter on BBC radio, and a novelist. She lives in London with her husband and three children.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 578 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 238 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1627790128
  • Verlag: Metropolitan Books (29. April 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I really enjoyed this book 9. September 2014
Von Michelle Stegeby - Veröffentlicht auf
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun to read and I had a lot of laugh out loud moments. As a first time self doubting mother, worrying about ever detail of parenting, I related to the authors trials and tribulations. The "what happens to the men", "I don't have time to bake" etc. Its a lot of the things we experience but feel guilty saying. I could really relate to this author. I
3.0 von 5 Sternen a different view 7. August 2014
Von Robert Dixon - Veröffentlicht auf
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A little too lax but a lot to agree with. Makes me feel a bit better for being such a lazy mom.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Kids Will Be Fine: Guilt-Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women 11. Mai 2014
Von Jane Jones - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
First I want to thank Daisy Waugh for a delightful book to read and for Goodreads First Read Giveaway program for making it possible for me to win The Kids Will Be Fine ~ Guilt Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women.

The Kids Will Be Fine ~ Guilt-Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women is a fun look at being a mother that covers many subjects in five areas. Part One is Pregnancy and Birth with a witty look at parenting classes for expectant mothers and fathers and Daisy Waugh is right who wants to go see a movie of the private event of the birth of a baby in a room full of other stranger men and women with the knowledge that soon you are going to have to face that messy and painful event of birth yourself?

The second part is Baby Care and I particularly liked the section on the use of disposable diapers vs. using cloth and saving the planet. If you are a die in the wool ecologist, skip this section, you won't get her humor. For the rest of us she gives a unique view that made me smile. The third section is called Child Care talks about the guilt of leaving your child to go back to work, trying to stay at home to be a full time mother to daddy-daughter relations where your loving husband declares his daughter is never... Well where does the fool think his daughter came from anyway?

Section four is School starting with preschool, parent-teacher meetings and the all-time favorite of any working parent, homework when all you want is to veg-out but the kids need your 'help' with some math you never seen before when you went to school. (Personally I can remember one math teacher that called me and asked me to quit helping with algebra because the way I learned it has all changed and I was confusing my child, not helping them and he would tutor my son if needed.) I also might mention that I have been a teacher (not math) and at that time a school district administrator for many years when this happened. (Now you have heard my funny story.)

Part five is Charm School and it covers swearing, Godparents, Squabbling Children and the Magic of Childhood. The magic of childhood when a child spends time just watching the clouds and seeing animals and shapes is not a waste of time and we can't buy the magic of childhood with a trip to an amusement park. As adults we need to realize that children in being themselves, whether watch clouds of a movie for the one hundred eighty-fourth time (one grandson picked Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang! for his constantly repeated movie when he came to my house) are the magic of childhood.

As a professional educator, I did not always agree with the author but she wrote a witty and very funny book, while it was obvious that she loved her three children and husband dearly and realized that she, as a mother was not perfect and to expect that hurts children because as she says, "Motherhood is also about mothers."
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 26. September 2014
Von Jessica deBen - Veröffentlicht auf
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Funny and irreverent. Loved it.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Her kids will be fine ... so long as they fend for themselves. 6. Oktober 2014
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Waugh wrote a book all about how dreadfully bored she was as a stay-at-home mother. "I began to resent my husband's access to the wider world" (p 82). So, just as pretty much every book in the last 40 years, she went back to work. Good grief, is there never an end to books about women who become happy again by joining the ranks of waitresses, house cleaners, and insurance clerks?

No, wait. Oddly enough, no one has ever penned anything about how their joie de vivre returned once they returned to waitressing. No, it's only the elite women who enjoy their jobs. The vast majority of people on this planet have to be paid to show up at work. A fact that escaped the keen, penetrating mind of Waugh. Because most work is not fulfilling, and nothing less than fear of starvation drives you back every day.

Waugh's comes off as a prissy narcissist, conforming with rigor to the beliefs of the chattering classes. She growls we need to stop worrying about "the sexual purity of our children" (p 160), which is unsurprising, since she also admits "I dislike telling my children what to do" (p 176).

Her cheerful indifference to the situation of today's children is maddening. The kids are not fine. Not fine at all, according to the research. In every single category, children are much, much worse off than they were 50 years ago.

Here's what some of the research shows:
Depression is the leading cause of disability among Americans age 15 to 44.
Between 1980 and 1996, the suicide rate among children aged 10-14 years increased by 100%.
Drug and alcohol abuse tripled in the last few decades.
Violence behavior and crime has doubled in adolescents since the 1960s
The estimated number of children seriously injured by all forms of maltreatment quadrupled between 1986 and 1993, from 141,700 to 565,000 (a 299% increase).
The estimated number of sexually abused children increased 83%;
The number of physically neglected children rose 102%;
There was a 333 % increase in the estimated number of emotionally neglected children; and
The estimated number of physically abused children rose 42%.

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