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
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