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The Smallest Things : Thoughts on Making a Happy Family - Angela Mollard

The Smallest Things

Thoughts on Making a Happy Family

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A wholly delightful, funny and charming book - part memoir, part manual - about giving your kids a real childhood.

The Smallest Things is a book for all those parents who devoured Baby Love and What to Expect When You're Expecting but find themselves dumped by Baby Inc. after the first year - right when toddlers are shoving their fingers in power sockets and you're hotfooting it back to work. Just as Nigella Lawson wrote How to Eat and Caitlin Moran wrote How To Be A Woman, journalist and television commentator Angela Mollard has effectively written How To Be A Mother (although unfortunately her publisher didn't go for this title).

This is Angela's story of wanting to be good at her job while still getting a gold star for parenting; of her challenge to give her children an Enid Blyton childhood without moving to the country, giving up technology or bribing them with ginger beer. Throughout this sweet and funny memoir (including her many parenting fails), Angela provides readers with real and helpful parenting tips including:

  • The Child Success Index and The Child Talent Index and why they are bonkers.
  • Why mothers sometimes have to actually mother.
  • Why bronze medal parenting is best for your child.
  • Why we need to put nature back into nurture.
  • Why kids need to be bored.
  • Why humour is at the heart of good parenting.
  • Why parents need to attend to themselves as well as their children.
  • Why aiming wide rather than high is ultimately more fulfilling.
This is not my story of becoming a Play School presenter-type parent or how I learned to always carry baby wipes (I didn't). It's about navigating (and enjoying) the modern world but also holding on to something that feels enriching and wholesome. I've written this book because while it is my story, it is also every mother's story. It's possible to have a fulfilling life that includes both work and parenting but it takes thought and care to get it right. By sharing my story, I hope others might find inspiration or consolation," says Mollard.

About the Author

Angela Mollard is a high-profile weekly columnist for News Corp's Sunday newspapers and also writes regularly for various magazines in Australia and the UK. She is a regular commentator on Channel Nine's The Today Show and Mornings, as well as Sky News, and can often be heard on ABC Radio, 2GB, 2UE, MIX 106.5 and various stations nationally. She is also a mentor for the Women in Media group backed by the Walkley Foundation.

ISBN: 9780732296896
ISBN-10: 0732296897
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st March 2014
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.42