How Not to Raise a Perfect Child
A perfect child: Dresses neatly and practises the violin before breakfast Comes top of the class and is captain of everything Is unfailingly obedient and sweet-tempered Is a perfect credit to its perfect mother A real child: Prefers shoelaces undone and mismatched socks Shouts 'Bum!' at Granny Turns breakfast and bedtime into a battleground Is the normal offspring of imperfect parents With affectionate lack of illusion and a refreshing honesty about her own shortcomings, Libby Purves examines the pleasures and pitfalls of raising children from three to eight years old. Playgroup, starting school, rude words, pets - all these topics are tackled with frank good humour and down-to-earth advice. Best of all is her reassuring reminder that there is no such thing as a perfect child.
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