Lies We Tell Mothers by Suzy K. Quinn
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publishing Date: 1st August 2019
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 247
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction
Bestselling author of the Bad Mother books Suzy K Quinn reveals the truth behind the lies we tell mothers, one sleepless night at a time.
Suzy and Demi were carefree twenty-somethings. They had fun! They didn’t have responsibilities! And then they decided to have a baby. Goodbye lazy weekends, hello sleepless nights, arguments and an addiction to industrial-strength hot chocolate.
In the midst of this major life change, Suzy discovered that most parenting advice should be taken with a pinch of salt—or ten.
#1 Lie—Just go with your mother’s instinct. But what if your instinct is telling you to hide under the stairs?
#10 Lie—Your new baby will tell you what it needs. Not if it can’t talk it won’t.
#23 Lie—You should never bribe your children. You will ALWAYS bribe your children.
Follow Suzy on the ultimate make-over—from nervous-wreck new mother to happy families. In this hilarious and refreshingly honest account for parents who prefer the realistic to the utopian, Suzy debunks the myths and takes us all along for the (bumpy) ride.
Even though my daughter is already 7 years old I still can remember her baby time and how much of a shock it was for me. You can go to as many preparation courses and whatevers as you want but nobody will prepare you for this what’s really to come when the baby arrives. And because lately the mother – and parenthood books are showing that I was not the only one who experienced the first times with their own babies not feeling like a natural Mother Nature, I love reading them. And this book would probably be the one that I would have written if I had any writing talent.
The book is told through chapters dedicated to lies that are usually told mothers, tackling all the issues in a very direct, honest way. I’ve recognized many of those lies, oh yes I did… I’ve read one review totally slashing this book and I think, of course there are people who would give anything for sleepless nights and of course children are blessing but we can’t take everything so seriously, right? Even though I have a baby, I am still me, a person, a human being with ups and downs, and this book shows them all – it’s so simple.
I adored Demi and his relaxed attitude. Ma own husband maybe wasn’t as relaxed but he showed that he’s a real man in those hard times and I will owe him for ever.
It was funny, relatable, bitter – sweet and brutally honest, the author really isn’t afraid of writing how it is. I laughed, I cringed but most of all, I knew how the author felt. She delivers the difference between the expectations of being pregnant and imagining things and the brutal reality in a light, humorous and sarcastic way. But no matter how hard it is, it WILL get better and I would never had it any other way – and this is also the message in this book. Recommended!