- Paperback: 167 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788129151902
- ISBN-13: 978-8129151902
- ASIN: 8129151901
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.8 cm
- Customer Reviews: 11 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
It’S A Mom Thing: Kickass Parenting Paperback – 20 May 2018
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About the Author
From the Publisher
In Conversation with Sathya Ramaganapathy
In the Beginning
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a modern mom in possession of a cheeky kid must be in want of a singularly thick skin, or a doubly great sense of humour. Preferably, both.
I am blessed with not one, but two cheeky kids. Parenting is a veritable minefield in my household. Backchat and bad jokes, cheekiness and mischievous gleam in the eyes, pre-teen hormones and emotional meltdowns (of the parental variety). Every day is fraught with danger.
Take this morning for example. After reading about the Valentine’s Day in the newspaper, my older daughter comes up to me and says, ‘Amma, do you know it is romance day tomorrow?’
‘Please call and ask Appa what he’s planning to do about romancing me,’ I instruct her. Pat comes the reply, ‘Amma, umm…what are YOU planning to do about romancing Appa?’
I have determinedly resisted the urge to wring my hands and cry. Instead,
I have stoically settled down to do what every self-respecting parent would do on finding herself in a similar situation. I have taken refuge in the final frontier—the Internet.
A tweet here, a blog there. I have begun chronicling this all too familiar saga. The epic struggle between the parent and the smart alec child. It is a war out there, but I have realized I am not alone. There is a whole legion of beleaguered parents. Show me a parent who has never heard a ‘Isn’t it enough that I do my homework? Why do I have to “take an interest” in it?’ and I will show you a unicorn.
My daughter tells me I should write a book.
‘You keep talking about it all the time. You should write a big book.’
‘Shall I quit my job and do it then?’ I ask.
‘Amma, I go to school for eight hours, I learn to play the keyboard, I read a lot, I go to sleep one hour before you…and I still manage to write every day!’
Just you wait kiddo, just you wait.
And thus was born It’s a Mom Thing. This book is a tribute, dedicated to all those harassed moms and dads out there fighting the daily battles of parenthood. We shall prevail. This too shall pass.
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Kids can pose to be one big challenge to the mums at every stage of their growing up years and the book highlights it with a dose of fun n laughter added to it. While dads are in the picture, the mums need to be hands n knee deep in ensuring alls well with the kids. A must read i must say. Loved it so much that i ended up buying it as gifts for my mum-friends too :)
The book took me through an incredible journey where I felt proud to be a Liverpool supporter (I always do, but a little reinforcement is good), read up on a school in Bangalore, swiggyed a masala dosa for dinner, watched the All Blacks doing the Haka and talked to my partner about the problems of lice.
It's a whacky book with some great one-liners. The author has an amazing sense of humour and it shines through in the book. A must read.
Funny, witty and humorous, It’s A Mom Thing is a quirky, quick and light read- a perfect book to pick up when you are having a reading slump or are not in the mood to read something really serious. I literally read it the day before my board results came out and I unknowingly delved so deep into the book that I almost got rid of all my anxiety.
Replete with tongue-in-cheek humour, the book shares snippets of the author’s life having a real hard time keeping herself updated to her children’s world and dealing with their innumerable innovative antics. It also has an entire chapter explaining the ‘voice modulation’ that works with kids in the funniest way possible!
Extremely honest and relatable, the book can be read by any lover of humour and not just parents. I would certainly recommend this book to all my readers.
The book has been divided into four parts: Summer Vacations; First Term; Second Term; Third Term and followed by an email from the school Principal mentioning something about the term. There are twenty three chapters and at the beginning of each chapter, the author has quoted an extract from the conversation in the chapter itself. The names of the chapters give an idea of what the chapter talks about.
She has talked about how her family devours books, how she managed to be a work from home mom, cute anecdotes from the conversations between her kids, their squabbles and also those between the parents and the kids. She compared her childhood to theirs, like we all do. I will not go into further details as I want you to read the book and savour it.
The descriptions are detailed and vivid. The piggy bank from her childhood and her train journeys reminded me of mine. She has an amazing sense of humour which is very visible as to how she manages even stressful situations with kids.
I will not call it a parenting book as she has not advised how to go about the stuff but I would say that this book that must be read by all parents, to see that everything that we go through with our kids, is what all parents go through, have gone through and will go through and to enjoy parenthood till we can because once the kids grow up, we will crave for their company. Believe me, I know of parents who do.
I have even marked the pages which I would give to my kids to read.
A must read book for parents and kids and even grandparents for that matter.