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breakingmum.jpg Breaking Mum and Dad: The Insider's Guide to Parenting Anxiety

Anna Williamson, Green Tree

If I weren’t parenting my own adorable mini-me of carnage, I would have laughed out loud at the hilarity of this book. After reading it however, my own ball of poor-mam anxiety resurfaced. No one warned me about how crap it can feel emotionally and mentally as a parent. It was a scary new role and I wish there had been a truthful and helpful parenting guide like this to remind me that I didn't have to be Mary Poppins. I was extremely lucky to have not experienced post-natal depression and anxiety to the heights Anna was diagnosed with. But these struggles are real and it’s good to know that you are not alone, that there are other mothers and fathers having the same crazy days and having the same unwanted opinions chucked at them, not to mention the 2am bickering and competitive tiredness with your partner. Believe me, this book would have been my new-mam bible. Even now, with my four-year-old, this honest guide reassured me of my parenting skills and the choices I made. Yes it was ok to have off days, thank you Anna, and yes it was ok to not have it all figured out. Just wait until I tell my husband.