Hurrah for Gin: A book for perfectly imperfect parents
The perfect gift for Mother's Day, this book is not a how-to-guide. It won't tell you how to get your baby to sleep, how to deal with toddler tantrums, how to be a good parent, a cool parent or even a renegade parent. It is a book about parenting that contains absolutely no useful advice whatsoever.
Instead it shares beautifully honest anecdotes and illustrations from the...more
Thanks, Katie Kirby. You're ace.
I'm not a fan of blogs and although I'm a parent, I'm not particularly interested in reading other people tales of parenting woe.
Gave up two thirds of the way through as I found it repetitive & not particularly clever or funny. Sorry!
This is the book to reassure you that treasuring every moment is highly unlikely to happen, and that it okay. That sometimes (at 3am) It actually sucks. That this doesn't make you a bad parent.
Hurrah for Gin is funny witty and in parts deeply moving.
I think it should be given out on the labour ward. I wish I had read it when my own daughter was born.
I loved it, and read it in one sitti ...more
I found the book quite funny as a lighthearted read, and as a parent of 3 children (no longer toddlers obviously) appreciated the author's humour on the subject of raising children. I have to admit that a lot of it did ring true - the frustration and sense of failure and guilt at not enjoy ...more
Absolutely loved this book. As a first time mum this book made me laugh at the end of a tough day by reminding me it's ok to find it hard and it's even more ok to admit that without making yourself feel bad. I wish I had read this earlier as I was so tough on myself in the very early days and I now look back and wonder why I put so much pressure on myself. Would definitely recommend this book, especially if your a new mum, it's refreshingly honest and hilarious about what it' ...more
Surprised to have cried whilst reading Hurrah for Gin. I am breast feeding and sleep deprived.
Lots of parts I read aloud to my wife while she watched ‘The Bridge’ with subtitles.
Loved the funny parts but also the serious parts too, in particular the bit about motherhood being the point in a woman’s life when she has to ‘relearn how to live’ and when Kirby describes the realisation that she (we!) will one ...more
I like gin.
It's a book about the tribulations of parenting, overall pretty humorous although I should point out there's nothing groundbreaking in this book that you won't have moaned at your mates about at some point.
In summary, I liked it, but the author occasionally comes across as though she's the only person who has experienced her little darlings being little sh!ts :)
What a laugh out loud book. I enjoyed this from start to finish and even read some of it out to the hubby, who could do with taking note of a few things.
At 7 months pregnant with my 2nd devil it was stumbled across at the right time.
Keep doing what you're doing Katie.
All those feelings and problems looks similar. Somewhere in the middle it gets a bit forced.
Three are two main points in the book:
* you are not the worst parent
* there is no perfect advice for everyone. Parenting is the journey.
And a word of warning - the page numbers are irritatingly small, so you'll definitely need a bookmark to hand when reading it.