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Parenting the Sh*t out of Life

Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
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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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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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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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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

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Good, honestly written story.

I have gone through tears of laughter from a witty story telling and the tears of sadness of real deep end, all in one afternoon. What else could you expect from a good story.

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A Hard Listen at times but worth fighting through

I'm not saying that this is a hard book to listen to because of the readers, it's more the content. There is a big focus on losing children in the early weeks of pregnancy, as well as the life-altering joy they bring. It's worth listening to just to prepare yourself, and if you've had a tough time conceiving, just to know that there are others out there who suffer. Also, no offence, but Papa Pukka you are not the easiest person to listen to without the crazy voices I'm sorry to say.

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Slightly Dull

Struggled to finish this. No tips just their experience but pretty useless overall as it was difficult to relate to this.

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Best parenting book I've read

I regret not reading this sooner. This was honest, funny and entertaining. So very helpful and I didn't want it to end. Please write another book soon!

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Great perspective.

Thinking about having children and this book has really helped with the process. It's rare to find this level of honesty about the realities. less of a guide- more of a preservative, which makes the fear go away and everything ok. Also very funny.

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Really enjoyed...

I’ve followed Anna on Instagram for years and enjoy her humour so was interested in this book even though my 4 children are now much older so wasn’t sure what this book could offer me. It offered a lovely heartwarming tale of love and a reassurance that we’re all just in this doing our best. The only reason I marked down a star was because I might’ve preferred a few more parenting tips and a little less of their story but maybe there’s another book to be written there.

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Heartwarming, funny and unashamedly honest

Really enjoyed the switch between Anna and Matt’s point of view. Sad in places but hilarious in lots more, I would definitely recommend this to first time or any time parents.

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  • 22-09-17

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
  • 19-09-17

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.