The Kids Will Be Fine

Guilt-Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women

Daisy Waugh

Metropolitan Books

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A bracing, hilarious manifesto for motherhood as it ought to be: spontaneous, loving, and just a little bit selfish

Pre-chewing toddler food. Flash cards for two-year-olds. Endless hours of school gatherings to sit through in smiling silence. How did motherhood—which even under the best circumstances comes with a million small costs and compromises—become a venue for female martyrdom, verging on a sort of socially approved mass masochism? How did the great natural force of maternal love get channeled into a simpering, slavish adherence to an inflexible social norm, a repressive sentimentality festooned with hideous pastel baby accessories? How did the bar to good motherhood get set so high that it’s impossible for modern mothers not to feel like they’re failing?

It doesn’t have to be this way—and Daisy Waugh is here to tell us how to opt out of the masochism cycle. Part feminist manifesto, part hilarious rant, The Kids Will Be Fine asks modern mothers to stop confusing love with subjugation. This is a book for moms everywhere who are fed up with the constant stream of unsolicited, impractical, guilt-inducing advice directed their way; for moms who have always secretly suspected that children would turn out okay even without handmade organic snacks or protective toddler headgear. With biting wit and lancing observations, Waugh gives women permission to slough off the judgments, order in some pizza, and remember that motherhood is also about the mother.

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Motherhood

Some Potentially Liberating Observations

Researchers have found that children born to older mothers have stronger language skills and face fewer social and emotional problems compared to children born to younger mothers.

Recent studies show that children of older mothers are more at risk for autism.

Studies have shown later development, poor verbal skills, and lower test scores of children whose mothers returned to work in the early months of their babies’ lives.

Researchers have found that mothers who are overinvolved or overprotective during the

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Daisy Waugh

Daisy Waugh is a weekly humor columnist writing on family for The Sunday Times of London, among other publications, a presenter on BBC radio, and a novelist. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

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The Kids Will Be Fine
Guilt-Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women
Daisy Waugh

Hardcover

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
April 2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781627790123
ISBN10: 1627790128
5 x 8 inches, 240 pages
$25.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
April 2014
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ISBN: 9781627790130
ISBN10: 1627790136
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$11.99
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