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The Smallest Things: Thoughts on Making a Happy Family

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Childhood, Mum had once said to me, is not preparation for life, it is life. But in the tussle between home and work I'd forgotten what a privilege it is to be a parent - to have in my hands and heart two small souls I have for only a short time to guide and teach and enjoy. If I pressed on, driven by deadlines and bosses and a stultifying work ethic, then I would miss ...more
Published (first published April 9th 2014)
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Rebecca
Mar 14, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
I'll give this 3 stars- because I did enjoy the light read. I don't mind reading Angela Mollard's column in the Sunday magazine (even though I often don't relate to her perspective), and she is a local mum, so was interested in her book which I borrowed from the library. I note she is doing a book signing/talk at my local bookshop, but having read her book, I'm not compelled to go along.

I don't know - I found elements relatable, but couldn't help feel she was preaching to the long-ago converted
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Tammi Doyle
Sep 04, 2014 Tammi Doyle rated it liked it
Angela Mollard is witty, it's true; and I found her writing style engaging. However, I didn't find HER engaging. This book is part personal journey, part self-help but I just wished she'd stuck to one or the other, because it seemed she was preaching a "do as I say, not as I do" mantra and it didn't work for me.
I gave her 3 stars for honesty in relating her parenting fails - they are difficult to admit, even to oneself, and particularly if you portray such high expectations of every other facet
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Kylie Mcdonald
Jul 02, 2014 Kylie Mcdonald rated it liked it
Some lovely insights, especially for working mums. A couple of my favourites... "the days are long but the years are short" and "the best of me seemed to flow when i wasn't striving, when i saw each day less as a performance & more a hopscotch of roles & responsibilities that I rather enjoyed". But a bit too "preachy" in parts.
Leanne
Oct 05, 2014 Leanne rated it really liked it
So much of this resonated with me. Really helped me to reflect on my own role as a parent. Quite humorous overall, but a few parts had me struggling against tears.
Helen King
Apr 02, 2014 Helen King rated it really liked it
To come back to - but interim comments - lovely, practical and humorous book re, thoughts on parenting, marriage, developing your own identity, etc - a great read
Felicity M
Feb 09, 2015 Felicity M rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I cried and I will be re-reading this book again and again as my family grows as there were a lot of good tips and tricks and some amazing insights to be a working mum of two kiddies.
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