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  • Published: 15 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780224086264
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $14.99
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The Aargh to Zzzz of Parenting

An Alternative Guide




A must have for all mums and dads - at last, a laugh-out-loud book about the darker moments of parenthood. 'Probably the best parenting book I have read' Amazon ***** review

A is for Anxiety, Alcohol and awful Activities. B is for Bedtime, Baking and Boredom. C is for Childcare and Cooking With Your Coat on. N is for Not Swearing (bloody frustrating) and S is for Soft Play Places, Sniffing Babies' Arses (to see if they've filled their nappies - are there not easier ways of finding out?) and Sex (see also L, for lack thereof).

The Aargh to Zzzz of Parenting merrily puts two fingers up to the pervasive notion that parenthood is an eternally rewarding experience. Taking a wry, down-to-earth and humorous look at life with young children, it taps into the very normal, but hard-to-admit ambivalence that so many parents feel about raising kids.

Darkly funny and occasionally shocking, Joanna Simmons and Jay Curtis' brilliantly alternative A-Z of parenting is essential reading for all mums and dads who really, really love their kids, but...

  • Pub date: 15 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780224086264
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Authors

Joanna Simmons

Joanna Simmons is a freelance writer and journalist. She has written several books on interiors, a humorous 'non-guide' to parenting called Can I Give Them Back Now? and a series of fiction for young readers, the first of which, Pip Street - A Whiskery Mystery, was published by Scholastic on 4 March 2013. She lives in Brighton.

Can I Give Them Back Now? with Jay Curtis was published by Square Peg in June 2009.

Jay Curtis

Jay Curtis is the co-author of THE AARGH TO ZZZZ OF PARENTING with Joanna Simmons. Writers and mothers of small children, they both live in Brighton.


Praise for The Aargh to Zzzz of Parenting

“Probably the best parenting book I have read to date.”

Amazon 5 star customer review

“I love this book! At last someone has finally written what every parent is feeling within - both the highs and the lows.”

Amazon 5 star customer review

“A look at the weird, wonderful and sometimes weary world of parenting. Brutally honest.”

Chester Evening Leader


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