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My Wild and Sleepless Nights: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

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Co těm dětem chce předat, když jediné, co v životě dělala, bylo bytí matkou (a ještě asi ne úplně dobrou).

She is currently living in Washington DC with her husband and the youngest three of her five children.By the end of the book I would happily have left home, and moved in with Clover, Pete and the 5 glorious children that they bring up together! This is the conversation we should all have about motherhood, it is wild and sleepless but I wouldn't have it any other way. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. We get a remarkable 360-degree view of many different stages of mothering, all happening at once: she lives through the passionate intensity of her first attachment with Lester, just as her eldest son, 16-year-old Jimmy, is in the process of separation, his adolescence “compelling us further and further apart, once magnets, now repelled”. I strongly related to hearing how lonely being a mother can be whilst also feeling astronomical amounts of love for your child.

The only thing I didn’t like, and which seems to be a trend in books I’ve read recently, is her references to drug taking in the past and intimate details of her relationships. A parent of five children aged one to seventeen, Stroud has plenty of wisdom and insight to offer women at all stages of their journey through parenting, and this beautiful, refreshingly honest account of all aspects of motherhood is required reading on a provocative topic. Autorka měla první dítě v 16 a až když se dostala na počet pět dětí, řekla si "stačí a teď se budu věnovat sobě". With rare exceptions such as bank holidays, the book group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7. At times I felt it a touch melodramatic and exaggerating in a chaotic negative fashion, but for a lot of it that worked and probably wasn't too far off the reality.There is so much precedent set when you become a parent and although we try not to, we do adhere to the social norms and suffer in silence. So I was somewhat nervous of reading the intensity of motherhood in this memoir: would I be further swayed one way or the other? Notice to Internet Explorer users Server security: Please note Internet Explorer users with versions 9 and 10 now need to enable TLS 1. Sometimes I think that a lot of parenthood is like that morning, trying to create an impression that you know what you are doing and are in control. I read it because my friend recommended it to me and I’m glad she did because I did identify with various aspects of the main character.

Stroud briskly shrugs people off when they question the practicality of having a fifth baby (“I want messy”), and cheerfully admits that in many ways another child is the last thing they all need.

Her own mother was brain damaged in a horrific riding accident when Stroud was 16: “Much of my life has been about seeking strong motion both to make me feel alive and distract from the pain of existence. For Stroud, there is no question of an epidural: labour is and needs to be an extreme experience, which takes her to the brink of life and death, and “feels to me like the very reason I was put on this planet”. The book follows Stroud and her family through a tumultuous year, in which her fifth child, Lester, is born. At seven hours long, the audiobook was on the shorter side and I could happily have listened to another two hours at least.

Some beautiful writing and captures moments in motherhood so well, but overall I don’t relate to the author and I find some of it a bit needlessly melodramatic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone else who loves reading about motherhood or who is already mother and wants to read about someone else's journey! As Stroud battles through pregnancy, labour, breastfeeding, and meetings with the school about Jimmy’s weed habit, her third and fourth children, Dash and Evangeline, wheel about in a world of spilled cornflakes and imaginary cats. And it details how Clover, the mother of five children aged from one to seventeen, has navigated motherhood across two decades, both losing and finding herself.I am nosy about how other women 'do' motherhood, but mainly I feel a need to share, to be seen, to speak uninhibited about the extraordinary experiences, challenges, changes being a mother brings. She has a live in nanny and was able to just go off in a weekend away with her husband to rejuvenate her marriage. Stroud has hit the nail on the head in describing what life can be like with children, and the quiet struggles we have to swallow as a mother, for the sake of keeping the train moving. I loved reading about Clovers youngest children which took me back to the days of raising small children and readily related to the madness of teenager life and the sadness that they leave you, as they should.

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