How Not to Raise the Perfect Child, Paperback

How Not to Raise the Perfect Child Paperback


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, b/w cartoons
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Child care & upbringing
  • ISBN: 9780340751374



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