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The Kids Will Be Fine: Guilt-Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women

3.06  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  35 reviews
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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Metropolitan Books
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Anna Janelle
In case you hadn't heard, being a mom is hard. I mean, HARD. For those of you without kids, you LITERALLY have NO IDEA how HARD. You may think you can imagine - but you're wrong. Only once you become a parent can you truly know what it mean to love something that is seemingly hell-bent on running you past the point of exhaustion 24 hours, 7 days a week. Now, part of this is because, as a single person unencumbered by a child, you can't REALLY imagine this kind of commitment to another - even if ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
OK, so the thing is this - Daisy Waugh says everything I think but am too polite to say. Also, she's funny.


She seems to be as defensive about her own choices as she claims all the other moms who don't think like her are about theirs. Also, for someone who's telling people to stop judging others, she's kinda judgmental...
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh, what a refreshing change from the frequently maudlin FB posts I am constantly seeing about the thrills of breastfeeding, the charms of baby barf in one's hair and snot on one's shoulder, and how it is ALL WORTH IT for this precious bundle of joy! I am a mother myself, but the self-inflicted martyrdom of so many young mothers is becoming Just. Too. Much. Daisy Waugh's new book is not intended to be a baby guide; it is intended to make the reader laugh, and it does. Waugh has a tee-tiny scalpe ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Couldn’t finish this book, and in fact couldn’t finish the first three chapters. I appreciated her humor and thought process, but it was incredibly (and sharply) judgmental of mothers who don’t share her opinions. Hypocritical without meaning to be, perhaps, but still hypocritical.
Megan Hawley Steinfeld
Overall a quick and enjoyable book, and a refreshing break from other mommy memoirs since it unapologetically celebrates moms as normal human beings who are capable of experiencing irritation, boredom, and occasional dissatisfaction without becoming lesser parents. That said, it seemed to dance back and forth between advocating that mothers judge each other less, and actively judging other mothers. It fits solidly into the advice-not-advice genre of parenting books, but with it's own individual ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
As short as this was, I couldn't even finish this. This was just a series of offensive essays attacking even the most inane bits of motherhood. This is not guilt-free motherhood. She attacks you for every little thing, including staying at home, putting toddler snacks in containers and even putting a baby on board sticker on your car. She berates those who put sanctimonious facebook posts on their walls, but instead of that, she just decided to write a book. I couldn't handle it. ...more
Rachel Mielke
May 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
I get tired of all the judging that goes on between moms, and I was hoping that this book would more or less say that, however you choose to raise your kids, it'll be fine. Instead, I thought the author just judged in the other direction (i.e. the "supermoms" are doing it wrong). Very disappointed. ...more
Chloe (Always Booked)
2.5 stars. This woman is OPINIONATED-- which is totally fine. She tells it like she sees it with no regards to political correctness and thats refreshing, however, she goes too far and is crude for the sake of humor and it was too much. She is very judgmental of other moms and a lot of sections I just had to skim because her rant was too much. None of this is science or evidence based, its all just this woman's opinion on things. She also acted like parenting is just an inconvenience to her and ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This parenting book is refreshingly different from the others. It's both useful and entertaining. This might be the best, most practical book about motherhood that I've read yet. I think her suggestions and insights can help the whole family improve their quality of life.
I wish that every mother would read this because I think it would empower us. You can be a better mom when you've got some support, a little rest and freedom from all of society who wants to judge us, including fellow moms.
Laura Cason
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found some parts of this entertaining but overall I didn't really understand the point of the book. It seems to just be a big rant for the author to get everything she doesn't care for off her chest... ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
At first, I thought this would be insightful. Turned out, it was just a bundle of subjective opinion based on the author’s experience. Maybe that is not a problem for some people, but it is a problem for me.
Laura Hodgson
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. I wanted to feel empowered and get advice and solidarity. But the only thing I came away with was...The writer is an insufferable snob. Find another author and quickly.
Cheyenne Carroll
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
The first half of the book was quite funny and relatable but the ending didn’t seem quite on the same landing as the rest of the book to me.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The rant I needed in my life.
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 wh
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a funny, tongue in cheek look at what we espouse to be motherhood in today’s media frenzied era. The author note all the hype put out about motherhood, and explains her simple, understated views on the same. The book is filled with wisdom and a hearty dose of humor as she debunks many of the myths the media perpetuates. From her assertion that we have children because we want to have children, not because of some media imposed sense of selflessness to her to her comments that we can and ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I started out kind of liking this book and then I got about half way through. This book is a smattering of her thoughts and didn't even show any studies or speak much about if she even ran some of this by her friends, family etc. I had to force myself to finish it. Do yourself a favor and read "free range moms" or even "Scary Mommy." This book wasn't even funny. It was honestly just her rambling and complaining a lot about other moms because she apparently thinks they all hate her or are judging ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I think that Daisy Waugh makes many good points here. I think somehow between my parents generation and my generation of parenting we have taken on way too many responsibilities that are not ours. And in addition, we've taken some great learning experiences away from our children by doing so much for them. With that said, I feel like there are definitely some really worthwhile things that need to be supported by adults with more time than I have. I'm thinking about my daughters' Girl Scout leade ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
As the mother of three children, I know a thing or two about parental guilt so I was looking forward to reading this book. The author looks at different aspects of motherhood and the sometimes unrealistic expectations placed on mothers. First of all, this is a funny book and I laughed out loud several times. Her sections on pregnancy and baby care are by far the funniest I have ever read. However, about midway through her opinions become fiercer and I am not sure she does a good job alleviating ...more
Sarah Frambach
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was so excited to receive this book for free as a part of the good reads first reads program. This is a book of short snippets about motherhood. Waugh calls for more relaxed parenting style. This book is a sort of anti-parenting guide that tells us to not fear motherhood, not to feel guilty and to maintain your own life outside of motherhood. The book is funny at times, like when she tells us about how much useless plastic baby stuff she has purchased. At certain points the book is infuriating ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is certainly refreshing in the sense that the underlying message is, let's stop criticising our different parenting techniques and accept that the norm is that we love our children and want the best for them. I agree with the author and think that it is high time we leave the pressure that there is such a thing as a 'perfect mother' behind. My only caveat is that she comes across as so angry that I find myself as frightened of her as I am of the 'super mums' she is so critical of. She ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Picked this up from a display in the Edmonds library when we visited there this summer. I thought it would help me, provide some answers, but of course it didn't. I suppose I should stop hoping that. In any case I found her point of view neither new nor liberating. I would rather read my friend's blog, which is just as irreverent but more trustworthy. However I did read most of this, wondering what her take would be on certain parental topics. I saved birth and breastfeeding for last 'cause I kn ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
This book was clearly written only to justify the author's decisions in the way she parented her children. Based on what? Her opinions. She cites no research, articles, or studies, claiming you can find research to support anything.

She mocks all other methods...but isn't really funny, even if/when you agree. I fell asleep 3 times in 15 minutes on the same page, at only 10:30-10:45pm. I wish I hadn't wasted my time finishing this book.
Brittany M.
Sep 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I will readily admit that I only read the first 15 pages of this book. I'm not normally an advocate for rating a book in such a case, but if you're going to write a book decrying all the judgement parents and especially mothers get about their parenting choices, you should probably not open that book pissing on women who choose natural childbirth. After reading other reviews, I also read the chapter on stay-at-home moms and found it just as judgmental. Will not waste any more time with this. ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: partially-read
I liked the subtitle, but this author's viewpoint is not mine. I don't believe in guilt-ridden parenthood, but Waugh's dismissal of any desire to keep chemicals away from your baby really turned me off. I don't have that attitude toward my own health, so I was looking for more of a reassurance that "dirt won't hurt." I don't expect to agree with everything in a parenting book, but her lack of consideration for any benefits of a "natural" approach made me doubt any of her arguments. ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To all the women who feel there might be more to life than being home all day, or recognize that even though they love their kids they think they're might be more to life. I felt like I had a friend, someone who understood and gave me permission not to conform to all of the other mothers out there.

Thank you for reminding me we can love our kids and love ourselves too.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
For someone who writes about mothers uniting and not judging each other, the author sure comes across as judgmental. This book is basically her thoughts and grievances - it tends to be negative and not funny and it's not worth the time to read it. Though I do agree with the premise that there is a lot of unnecessary mom-guilt. ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a fun, entertaining read. I certainly don't agree with everything Daisy Waugh says about parenting, but even when she's ranting against one of my "things" (like breastfeeding), I can appreciate the humor of the way she presents her perspective. ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
After winning this book from goodreads I couldn't wait to read it. Although my parenting is the complete opposite of what is talked about, I enjoyed reading about her style. ...more
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Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: karen-s-reads
Super-short funny and provocative advice on child-rearing; perfect for the time-strapped parent
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