Lies We Tell Mothers: A True Story

Lies We Tell Mothers: A True Story

by Suzy K Quinn


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Bestselling author of the Bad Mother books Suzy K Quinn reveals the truth behind the lies we tell mothers, one sleepless night at a time.

Suzy and Demi were carefree twenty-somethings. They had fun! They didn’t have responsibilities! And then they decided to have a baby. Goodbye lazy weekends, hello sleepless nights, arguments and an addiction to industrial-strength hot chocolate.

In the midst of this major life change, Suzy discovered that most parenting advice should be taken with a pinch of salt—or ten.

For example:

#1 Lie—Just go with your mother’s instinct. But what if your instinct is telling you to hide under the stairs?

#10 Lie—Your new baby will tell you what it needs. Not if it can’t talk it won’t.

#23 Lie—You should never bribe your children. You will ALWAYS bribe your children.

Follow Suzy on the ultimate make-over—from nervous-wreck new mother to happy families. In this hilarious and refreshingly honest account for parents who prefer the realistic to the utopian, Suzy debunks the myths and takes us all along for the (bumpy) ride.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542044677
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Suzy K Quinn is a British fiction author, and writes in three different genres: psychological thriller, comedy and romance.

She was first published by Hachette in 2010 with her debut novel Glass Geishas (now Night Girls), then self-published a romance series, the Ivy Lessons, which became an international bestseller, selling half a million copies and becoming a #1 Kindle romance bestseller in the US and UK.

After her second daughter was born, she self-published the Bad Mother’s Diary series, which also became a #1 Kindle bestseller.

Suzy K Quinn’s novels have been translated into seven languages and her books have sold over three quarters of a million copies worldwide.

Suzy lives in Wivenhoe, Essex, with her husband Demi and two daughters. She would love another baby but her pelvic floor says no.

Twitter: @suzykquinn

Table of Contents

Part I Nature's Shit Storm 1

#1 Lie Just go with your mother's instinct 3

#2 Lie Pregnancy is such a special time 7

#3 Lie You'll bond with your partner more than ever 14

#4 Lie Once the morning sickness has passed, you'll feel better 21

#5 Lie Just breathe through it 24

#6 Lie At 40 weeks, you're overdue 28

#7 Lie Spicy curry and pineapple bring on labour 37

#8 Lie Childbirth isn't that bad … 41

#9 Lie Breast is best 44

#10 Lie Your new baby will tell you what it needs 49

#11 Lie Baby blues only lasts a few days 62

Part II Change or Die. There is No Third Option 69

#12 Lie Your post-baby belly goes back to normal after six weeks 71

#13 Lie Newborns sleep all the time 74

#14 Lie Sleep when the baby sleeps 80

#15 Lie You'll look back on this as the best time of your life 86

#16 Lie It's just a phase 91

#17 Lie Once they start weaning, they'll sleep better 98

#18 Lie It's better when they're babies - they don't talk back! 102

#19 Lie Breastfeeding helps you lose weight 111

#20 Lie You'll enjoy it more after the first year 117

#21 Lie Baby-led weaning is much easier 126

Part III To Suffer is to Grow 135

#22 Lie Your stretchmarks will go eventually. Use cocoa butter! 137

#23 Lie You should never bribe your children 143

#24 Lie They're happier when they can run around 151

#25 Lie Second pregnancies are more straightforward 164

#26 Lie You shouldn't fly during the third trimester 174

#27 Lie Second births always happen quickly 181

#28 Lie Two kids are the same work as having one 187

#29 Lie They grow up so fast 197

#30 Lie Girls don't fight as much as boys 204

#31 Lie Camping is a low-cost family holiday 208

#32 Lie When they start school, you'll get your life back 215

#33 Lie Kids are portable, you can take them anywhere 221

Truth-We wouldn't change it for the world 231

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Lies We Tell Mothers: A True Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rescuepages 6 days ago
I was very happy to receive a copy of the book from #NetGalley in return to my honest review. I requested the book because I am currently interested in reading about other women's perspective on childcare. In her book, Lies We Tell Mothers, the author tries to go over the lies new mothers hear, such as: "Pregnancy is such a special time," "Breast is best," "Your stretch marks will go eventually. Use cocoa butter!" She uses her own experience to refute the lies but not in scientific way but in a "Let me tell you how it actually is" way. The book is well-written and it was a pleasure to read it. Unfortunately, it only lasted 3 days. I might need to pick it up again sometimes. It is a fun and entertaining read. The comments from the author's husband made the book less like a read and more of a " conversation with the friends" situation. I highly recommend Lies We Tell Mothers to new mothers, wanna be mothers, dads and anybody who is interested!
Christinastephanie 7 months ago
▪️#partner| Thank you to NetGalley, Amazon Publishing UK, Lake Union Publishing & Suzy K Quinn for the free advanced digital copy! This book is available now! . . BOOK REVIEW . . ▪️MY THOUGHTS ✔️I loved this book! This is the 2nd non-fiction book I’ve read this year and it’s really making me want to read more! The book was honest, funny & I’m sure very relatable! Although I’m not a Mom, I enjoyed the writing and stories about motherhood. Being an Aunt - I’ve heard a lot of these “lies” from my sister-in-law and friends and can’t wait to recommend this book to them! I especially enjoyed the little funny tidbits as told by Demi throughout the book. It provided the male perspective in a very funny way. I can’t wait to read more from this author! I recommend this book for mothers and women in general, such a fun read! . . ▪️TITLE RUNDOWN Motherhood Original Truth Honest Eventful Relationships Sweet . . ▪️STAR RATING ✔️/5