the parenting book that’ll make you feel better about life

In recent years one mum blogger has risen through the ranks of perfect insta feeds and become lauded and loved for her hilariously honest take of motherhood by her hoards of devoted followers (123k on instagram alone) who want to something more real than super-glossy supermums on their social media. Mother Pukka – aka Anna Whitehouse – has become the poster woman for (as her book title states) Parenting the sh*t out of life. Through her brilliantly real blogs, vlogs, and podcast Dirty Mother Pukka, she’s made that phrase become about laughing more than you cry. But she’s not all leaky boobs and nappy accidents on public transport, she’s also fighting for working parents everything with her #FlexAppeal campaign. And now, to add to her list of achievements, she’s written a brilliant Sunday Times Bestselling book with her equally funny and frank husband Matt Farquharson, otherwise known as – what else? – Papa Pukka.

Part memoir, part parenting guide the book is a real two-hander which means you get a well-rounded viewpoint from both perspectives (as well as double the laughs) making it the perfect book for you to read with your other half. Seriously, if you’re first time parents, bin that Gina Ford book immediately for this realistic, rib-tickling perspective on the highs, lows, magic and madness of child-rearing.

But it isn’t all fun and frivolity, together Anna and Matt have experienced five traumatic miscarriages and both write candidly and emotionally about them – which, as someone who believes we need to break the silence about baby baby loss  – I found incredibly insightful and it resonated hugely with me.

The Pukka’s  – and their book – are a very modern example of how the internet has given a voice to people who, whilst not experts, have made an expert job about connecting with people and bringing honesty and support into the previously glossy, gilded world of social media. And for that we want to praise the sh*t out of them!

Parenting the sh*t out of life by Mother Pukka and Papa Pukka, £16.99 – BUY

3 more mum books that’ll make you laugh

Sketchy Muma – What it means to be a mother by Anna Lewis, £12.99 – BUY!

Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims, £12.99 – BUY!

Hurrah for Gin: The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams aged 2 1/2 by Katie Kirby, £9.99 – BUY!



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