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How Not to Raise a Perfect Child

Libby Purves

6 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, Child care & upbringing

There is no such thing as 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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Praise for How Not to Raise a Perfect Child

  • Praise for More Lives Than One:

  • 'An idiosyncratic blend of her journalistic voice ... With the skills of a writer who understands the proper balance in a novel between issue and narrative. ... This is her best novel ... [and] will find an answering echo in many readers' - Elizabeth Buchan, The Times

  • All the compassion characteristic of her writing in her previous novels and columns. ... This is a humane and perceptive novel - Woman & Home

  • A good story, crisply and lightly told, that touches on many of teaching's current preoccupations and dilemmas and that grows in depth as it unfolds - The Times Educational Supplement

  • The kind of book that you race to finish and then think about for a long time afterwards - The Lady

  • Libby Purves' prose is clean, sharp and in touch with things that matter - Daily Express

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Libby Purves

Libby Purves is a writer and also a broadcaster who has presented the talk programme Midweek on Radio 4 since 1984 and formerly presented Today. She is a main columnist on the Times and in 1999 was named the Granada "What the Papers Say" Columnist of the Year, and awarded a O.B.E for services to journalism. She lives in Suffolk with her husband the broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney.

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