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Parenting the Sh*t out of Life

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For people who happen to be parents (or might be soon). Because for every turdy nappy you sadly deposit into a gag-reflex-inducing bin, there's a moment that's less sh*t around the corner.

This is not an audiobook that will help you grow (or raise) a human successfully. But this is a book that might, if you're not too emotionally battered - and can see through the permanent eye twitch - help you laugh a little more than you cry. But that's not guaranteed. Nothing is really guaranteed as a nurturer of the small people.

Here is one couple's take on the horrors and humour of modern parenting told from his side and hers: honest, sad and laugh-out-loud funny. From deciding to try for a baby to the harrowing realities of miscarrying, from pregnancy and labour to bringing baby home and trying to reconcile the old life with the new - this audiobook will speak to anyone with a small human of their own or hoping to take that fateful step.

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©2017 Anna Whitehouse (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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About to start the journey

This laugh out loud and honest reflection on the conception and parenting journey is simply brilliant tale in a very English way. I had more than a few chuckles to myself and walked away with some perspective on the road ahead. Thank you and I’ll try my best like you have.

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  • Amanda
  • 22-09-2017

Great Listen

MotherPukka and PapaPukka are both so open and honest about their journey to parenthood. I think anyone would struggle not to find some similarities to their own parenting or parenting to be journey. They are so open about their lives with all the heartbreak, joy and everything in between. I laughed out loud and had tears in my eyes. This is genuinely one of the best parenting books I've read since becoming a mother.

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  • Angie
  • 19-09-2017

Honest, funny and real

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This is, without a doubt, one of the funniest, most honest, yet also most endearing and most real books about parenting I've ever had the joy to listen to/read.

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  • Paul Fisher
  • 10-04-2018

Really not what it says on the tin

Very well read and easy to listen to however it is disappointing that the story seems to focus more on the sad and unfortunate parts of their experience than the uplifting and rewarding parts or how to embrace this in a casual easy way. Having recently been through the same joys of new life myself perhaps this book may have been better read before hand, although I think would have spent the whole of pregnancy worrying what may happen. The book became a mix of a set of lists of things to prepare for a birth (available anywhere in any parenting book) and an "aren't we cool" travellers blog. Adding to this the cultural differences of becoming parents in Amsterdam rather than the UK will only appeal to a limited audience. A small handful of humorous points but sadly not enough to make me give more positive reviews, and certainly not a book I will recommend to others. Probably great for those who have time to write and read blogs but for me i am sorry to say a true let down Mother and Pappa Pukka

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  • Jo Eade
  • 28-09-2017

Funny, Sad, Relatable

Wonderfully written parenting book which isn't so much a guide to parenting, more a 'you're not alone' hug. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-08-2020

Just delightful

A parenting guide nestled within a sort of autobiography, the beauty of this book is in its warts-and-all honesty. Anna and Matt‘s stories are beautifully written and interesting, and peppered with useful advice and data.

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  • Klaudia
  • 06-06-2020

Loved it!

I absolutely loved it! So genuine! Makes you feel that you are not alone in this world of self doubts and worries that you are not doing enough

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  • Paige
  • 10-04-2020

Love it!

I love these two! And them narrating it themselves just adds so much to it. Thank you!

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  • "natalia_sar_2003"
  • 11-03-2020

Great audio book - very funny

Great book - enjoyed it. Funny and heartbreakingly honest. Well narrated and fun to listen to.

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  • Amy Williams
  • 24-02-2020

honest and beautiful

loved it. Anna and Matt offer a refreshing insight to the early years of parenting. I cried a bit, I laughed a bit. I empathised and understood. bought this book on audible after following Motherpukka on instagram since becoming a mother 2 years ago. I would recommend this book to any parents to be. I love the male/female perspective particularly the bits about pregnancy. I'm now going to get my husband to listen too. I would have read the book but it's hard whilst "toddler wrangling"

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  • MMB
  • 26-10-2019

Ideal for parents to be

I would recommend this audiobook to someone expecting a baby rather than someone who’s already been through that stage. To me, it felt less about parenting (as the title suggests) and more about the journey of wanting to start a family. That said, I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It’s down to earth and relatable. I like that the stories were told from both their perspectives. I had several laugh out loud moments and found both their voices soothing to listen to.

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  • rachetb
  • 22-10-2019

Giggles and tears

Great insight into the harsh yet hilarious world of parenting. Would recommend to anyone contemplating or in the throws of that journey.

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  • Highland Brown
  • 03-06-2019

funny & cathartic words on joy-pain of parenting

the funny & cathartic words i needed to hear on the full spectrum of joy-pain of parenting