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  • Why Mummy’s relatable

    This I’d my first Why Mummy book and I’ve definitely missed out, having teenagers myself though probably makes this feel all the more relevant especially your role in their life and how they feel about you! Despite having a very different family and circumstance it’s so easy to put yourself in Ellen’s shoes and understand the frustrations of raising an older family and frankly if you can’t find humour in it you’ll go mad. This is a very easy read whether you demolish it in one sitting or dip in and out, there’s some very recognisable humour as well as all too familiar frustrations (and also for me future frustrations... driving test aaarrggh) It’s great to read a book with zero judgement about parenthood and how frankly we all just do our best and mostly get it right and if not then frankly why not have a nice glass of wine and start again tomorrow!

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  • So relatable!

    Bestselling author Gill Simms returns with her fourth and final instalment in the ‘Why Mummy.....’ series with “Why Mummy’s Sloshed”. Ellen has been a wife and mother for so long that she’s a little bit lost. Now her beloved ‘moppets’, Jane and Peter, are ready to finish with school and a different set of parenting problems are arising. Amidst the chaos of A-Levels, driving tests and trying to impress the opposite sex, she’s doing her best to keep her family afloat. She’s feeling overwhelmed and under appreciated, juggling work with family and trying to hold it all together while remaining sane. As a mother of three grown up sons, I could immediately relate to Ellen and the family situations she finds herself in. It felt instantly reassuring to know I haven’t been alone with the same issues that Ellen was experiencing. From the terrible two’s, starting school and hormonal teenager angsts, this series covers EVERYTHING and more! Both Jane and Peter are just so typical of today’s youth, caring more about keeping up with Instagram and how fast the broadband speed is. There was so many funny scenes too - when Ellen offered to look after her best friend’s overactive and demanding toddler Edward for a night, you just know there will be trouble. I don’t believe there’s a parent around who hasn’t had experience with their child and Sudocrem, an impossible product to remove from clothes and carpet! I particularly liked how the story was set out in a diary form covering a full year, with each of the events narrated within the correct month, e.g. the taking of exams in June and the dreaded expectation of results in August. This made for a highly realistic time line of events that sounded all to familiar and I knew exactly what issues was on their way! The author has obviously learnt everything first hand and has managed to convey every experience a parent could endure, funny, sad, serious or lighthearted, into a fabulous set of books every mother (and possibly fathers - for a once in a lifetime chance to see inside a women’s mind) should read. “Why Mummy’s Sloshed” is quite a rollercoaster ride and I did feel quite breathless at times, it’s not a stress free read but then neither is parenting! And in the words of the author, “the bigger the kids, the bigger the drink!” A highly recommended comedy fiction series for parents, these are so much more practical than any parenting book you could read and for aspiring have been warned! 4 stars

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