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The Unmumsy Mum

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The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she's learnt while grappling with two small boys – from birth to teething, 3am night fe
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 11th 2016 by Bantam Press
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I liked this. There’s a certain amount of solidarity you share with someone who’s gone through a similar parenting experience to yourself. I’m a seasoned mother of two (soon to be three). I know it isn’t all baking (I hate baking) and doing ‘fun’ things with chubby cheeked angels - but it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who knows this. Parenting is hard work. It’s boring at times (ten episodes of Hey Duggee in a row is enough to drive the sanest person over the edge), and lonely. A trip ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Forget Bounty packs, this book should be given to every new Mum as they leave hospital. Would have saved my life in the early days.
Grace Eleanor
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have an insane amount of love for this book (laughed and nodded throughout the entire thing), not because I 'feel normal' - I've always known I was normal, but because finally somebody has said that parenting isn't just sunshine, smiles and rainbows. I'd never heard of The Unmumsy Mum blog before this book but will definitely be new follower of it now! So if you're one of the mum's that think 'for fuck sake' on a daily basis and need to know there are others like you there then I sincerely rec ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Well this is a tricky one, because I teetered towards 2 stars. After thinking it over I've decided I did like it as a whole because the author is not afraid to tell it like it is which I think alot of mothers need for reassurance. However.... this is one to read in very small doses instead of all at once because it seemed to be one long winge-fest. Not to mention the amount of times the author calls her boys little bastards/arseholes etc. I genuinely question why she had two children in the firs ...more
Jurga Jurgita
Ši Sarah Turner knyga "Motinystės atostogos" privertė mane kvatoti balsu ne vieną kartą ir į pačią motinystę pažvelgti per juoko prizmę. Autorė visą motinystės periodą/procesą rašo taip paprastai ir kasdieniškai, nesuteikdama savo pasakojimui jokių pagražinimų, kad tiesiog negali nesijuokti. Visa jos jos motinystės "karjeros" istorija pasakoja apie kasdienę buitį ir du jos mažus sūnelius. Ji be užuolankų pasakoja apie savo nešvytintį nėštumo periodą, nesibaigiantį naktinio maitinimo ir dantų dyg ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve just read this as a new Mum and it certainly makes you feel better about not feeling all jazz hands and smiley faces! Parenthood is hard work and it is boring at times - this book allows you to admit that without feeling too guilty. Does it mean you love your child/children any less? No, of course not.

The book isn’t to be devoured in one sitting - I felt it best to be read in chunks as, although very truthful, it can feel very negative. I also wouldn’t recommend reading it before having a
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Firstly, I will caveat this review, by saying I really wanted to love this book. The reviews for it have been astoundingly favourable and there is actually nothing to really dislike about it but overall it is a rehash of the authors, now famous, blog.

I will say that there are a couple of laugh out loud moments but overall these are much scarcer than the synopsis or blurb would have you believe. Added to this there is much sentimentality, as if this book is actually a legacy for her children, int
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patiko. Labai labai. Tiesiog todėl, kad atvirai pasakojama apie motinystę ir jos sunkumus (ne tik džiaugsmus). Skaitydama pasijutau, tarsi draugė dalintųsi paslaptimis. Galiu tik įtarti, kad turintiems vaikų skaityti šią knygą būtų kažkas panašaus kaip rasti tėvus, kuriems irgi kyla sunkumų ir nėra viskas taip jau lengva ir vien tik džiugu. Manau, imu geriau suprasti, kuo gyvena/-o mano draugės, ir imu geriau suprasti kitus mažų vaikų tėvus. Ir viskas pasakojama taip juokingai, kad norisi skaity ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm normal!!!
Наталія Клименко
Моя оцінка: 3,5. Я з перших сторінок відчула, що книжка не зовсім «моя». Більше вражень тут:
Jessica Deany
May 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. I even bought this book bc I thought I’d love it. But the author is really pessimistic and looks at the bad sides of parenting. I totally get that her purpose was writing honestly instead of rainbows and letting other parents know they’re not alone if they’re not loving every minute. I just thought based on the cover and summary that it was going to be funny parenting stories. It’s more like a commiseration for parents.
Učitaj se!
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished

Mali anđeli, nisu li? Sa svojim sićušnim ručicama i nožicama i slatkim osmjesima i gugutanjem. Volite ih najviše na svijetu. Svaki trenutak s njima je poseban i niti jedan ne biste mijenjali ni za što. Biti majka najbolja je stvar na svijetu, nije li?

Pa, ponekad.

Jer, iako su ponekad najslađa bića u svemiru i topite se od samog pogleda na njih, klinci ponekad znaju biti i prava mala čudovišta. A majčinstvo nisu samo oni hešteg blessed trenuci. Ponekad padaš s nogu od umora, ponekad vapiš z
Megan Jones
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Unmumsy Mum writes honestly about motherhood, telling it like it is. The lessons she has learnt whilst battling with her two boys, in this book you will roar with laughter and take comfort in the fact that it is definitely not just you. 
So yes I am late to the party reading this, and what a party it is! Now, I only read this for interest and I found it to be a hilarious entertaining read and one that is brutally honest. The Unmumsy Mum writes in a very readable way and has a fantastically br
Lesia Melnyk
«Мій розпач зазвичай здатні виправити можливість трохи постогнати і добряча чашка чаю. Я колись бачила знак, на якому написано: «Чашка чаю все вирішує», — і я згодна, що в житті є мало речей, тягар яких хоча б трішечки не можна було полегшити чашкою чаю або обіцянкою чогось міцнішого, коли діти вляжуться.»

Про щось міцніше ще поки мрію, але книга відбиває мій настрій останніх 8,5 місяців. А ще вона дуже весела.
Steph Hayward-bailey
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this refreshing take on modern motherhood. I was laughing throughout as it is very relatable.
Gemma (Non Fic Books)
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mum-books
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could totally relate to her experiences and the book was easy enough for my knackered brain to process right now. A fun read for anyone with small children.

(Citala na srpskom: Ok je... na momente jako smesno... ali brzo dosadi! Nonstop se zali i kuka, umesto da uradi nesto da promeni rutinu i malo uljudi razmazenu decu...)

My friend gave me this book and said "you must read this - her kids are your age, this chick talks just like you, likes her adult time, and she doesn't like doing a lot of the mommy stuff, just like you don't." While this is all true - there is a huge difference between me and the author. I don't like doing a bunch of this
Katey Lovell
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure if part of the reason this didn't speak to me as much as it has some of my friends is because I'm well past the baby stage.

There were definitely scenes from their family life I could relate to, and I did find myself giggling along at the comments about the challenges of parenthood, but personally I feel the short, sharp blog posts have more of an impact than a full-length book.
Jessikah Stenson
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction
Why do I have a weird obsession with mum books? I am 21 and not planning to have children anytime soon but The Unmumsy Mum is captivating because she's HILARIOUS. I love following her instagram because day to day dramas have never been more exciting. I also found the parts about her mother, who passed away when she was 15, particularly moving. From laughter to tears, this book was fantastic.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
An incredibly negative but funny book.

Would not recommend to a first time pregnant lady as it will terrify you.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up from someone who was rehoming it because I thought it would be full of funny, honest stories. It sat on my bookshelf for a little while, than I started it earlier this month, looking for some light reading and a change from fiction.

While the book does have some amusing anecdotes from Sarah's life as a mother, and some short funny things that some of her blog readers have written to her about, the book is much more like an honest look at all aspects of being a mother to very
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Labai smagi knyga apie šeimos gyvenimą su dviem mažamečiais vaikais. Viskas surašyta taip, kaip iš tiesų ir yra, be jokių pagražinimų. Skaičiau kaip nesibaigiančią komediją. Ir manau dabar jau niekada keistai nebežiūrėsiu į mamas, kurių vaikai sumąsto parduotuvėje krist ant grindų ir rėkt, arba kai kokiai nors mamai dvidešimtą kartą bandžius tiksliai atsakyti į klausimą "kodėl", galiausiai trūksta kantrybė ir ji jau pakeltu tonu atsako "todėl kad aš taip pasakiau!" Ši knyga tikrai ne "supermamom ...more
Amy J
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
absolutely brilliant! I would recommend this to any new mum, it made me feel totally normal rather than a complete failure and made me realise that not every day with children is sunshine and rainbows and that it's completely normal.
loved this book from the beginning and literally laughed out loud reading it, which I haven't done with a book in a very long time!
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laughed/cried with relief more than once. Quoted it at Steve and will remember it at trying times. Not a parenting manual or a self help book but definitely does a bit of the job of both of those. Thank you, Sarah Turner.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ajde da netko napise ovako nesto!
Rachel McQuoid
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016
This made me feel so much better about life
Jennifer Burt
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this for a work project and it was absolutely hilarious. I'm sure it would be a 5-star rating if I had children and could actually relate, but the fact that I enjoyed it so much despite not having any inkling of what parenting is all about speaks volumes about the quality of this book. I'll certainly be recommending it to my friends who have children!
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This should be essential reading for new parents. Laughed out loud!
Melanie Third
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
brilliant read. currently reading the 2ndd book
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I like the Unmumsy Mum blog - it's where I go when I feel a little bit shit. There's always something there that pulls me back and says - you're trying your best, you're doing all you can do, we're all in this together! I'm NOT the only one who laughs when Anna says "I want you to take me up the North Mountain". I'm NOT the only one who should probably extend an invitation to Justin Fletcher when we hold family get-togethers. I'm NOT the only one who relies on a steady flow of bribery biscuits ( ...more
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