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Summary

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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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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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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Really moving, funny and inspirational!<br />

Absolutely essential read for any new parent. Just the right amount of funny, it's also hugely moving and inspirational; and ethos the sentiments of any new parent.

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Great listen when you don't know what to expect

As I'm pregnant with my first this was a brilliant listen. It was great to hear the experiences of what to expect in the coming months and years.

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I'll know how good it is in 6 months...

I highly recommend this read, a no nonsense approach to teaching you how parenting skills that you didn't know you needed.

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fab

honest, funny and answered a lot of the questions that I was already looking up!

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Brilliantly honest and funny

I loved this book and already miss them! They give a brilliant honest view on pregnancy and parenthood.

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Stunningly honest, painfully heartbreaking, read it

What an incredibly honest book. Some really interesting and research based information, hilarious stories and things that all parents will be able to relate too.

Makes you feel like a normal parent rather than a shit one.

I was gutted when this book ended. Blood brilliant. Well done Pukkas.

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witty and enjoyable... if not a little scary

really enjoyed the tone and style of this book. Honest and funny. can add to the fears for a first time pregnancy... but the openness is refreshing

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Honest

Absolutely love this couples take on becoming parents. It is well worth the read/listen. It is refreshing to hear actual adults discuss in public exactly what we go through everyday in very real life we are defo all winging it and parenting the sh@t out of life!! Thanks guys x

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  • Amanda
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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
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Honest, funny and real

What made the experience of listening to Parenting the Sh*t out of Life the most enjoyable?

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.