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  • The Mother of All Jobs

  • How to Have Children and a Career and Stay Sane(ish)
  • By: Christine Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Christine Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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  • Performance
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  • Story
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When Christine Armstrong became a mother, it never occurred to her that she would want to stop work or even work part-time. But the truth is, combining work and small kids is hard. From the broken breast pumps on business trips, to hiding chicken pox from the nursery, to the heartbreak when you come home and realise your baby smells of the childminder. When Christine Armstrong tried it, she found herself desolate with misery. Determined to make it work, she looked for answers by interviewing other working mums and found that she wasn't alone. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and thought-provoking

  • By Ellie Boot on 17-11-18

This is my life!

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Reviewed: 31-07-19

Literally this book reads like my life in so many ways...

The real-life examples that Christine shares from her interviews have made me laugh out loud and realise that there are many women in the same situation as me.

I’m not the whole way through yet so hoping that there are useful tips and suggestions to come re how to navigate your way through the work / mum juggle... but for the moment I’m enjoying realising that it’s not just me...

Thank you Christine for writing such a sympathetic book in a way that is less ‘woe is me’ but just superbly real and witty!