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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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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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The must buy book for every parent

I bloody loved this - it had me laughing at crying in equal measure. It’s also prepared me perfectly for submitting my flexible working request as I approach my return to work. Thanks for sharing mama and papa pukka, I’ve just purchased your next book to keep me entertained on nap laps with a teething 8 month old!

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Really Enjoyed.

Started off with the Kindle edition of this book but was struggling to get the time to sit and read it properly so thought id try audio version. This is the first audio book ive listened to and I love the fact you can ngo about your jobs and be listening! Really enjoyed this book, makes you realise that basically we are all just doing the same as each other …. trying to survive. We all feel like we are failing when in fact we are not! Lots of funny moments that had me bellyt laughing but also a few sections had me reaching for the tissues!

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Great book/story

Very open, honest, sad, happy and insightful. Would highly recommend for any other wannabe/new parents.

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Tears, laughter and comfort - everything we needed

This was the first parenting book my husband and I could relate to and work through beginning to end. Our baby girl is due later this year after a decade of it being just us. I can not recommend this book highly enough - and I am so thankful to have listened to it. It’s brought us comfort and helped us talk through this next chapter of our lives.

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Thank you for your honesty

Nice audio book, hearing both sides of parenting. Loved the harsh reality of life and definitely made as chuckle more than once.

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listening as a father to be

Deep and meaningful with an occasional belly laugh. great easy listen. reassuring that we are all human with extra insight into a host of other subjects. great listen

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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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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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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.