Win one of 20 copies of You Will (Probably) Survive by Lauren Dubois, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

A brilliantly honest guide to the highs and lows of parenthood from the author of award-winning blog The Thud.

‘Articulate and hilarious. This is my all-time favourite go-to reference for every mother.’ CHEZZI DENYER’Lauren Dubois’ entertaining musings on parenting have saved me from the “brink” multiple times. A must-read for the modern-day mother who adores her children – but is happy to acknowledge the journey can be equal parts heaven and hell!’ ERIN MOLANYou walk out of the maternity ward with your new baby, looking back over your shoulder, waiting for someone to stop you and tell you you’re not qualified to do this. But they don’t. They just wave you on your merry way and that’s it. It’s up to you now.

Suddenly you’re a mum. Suddenly you’re crying at sad news stories, you’re picturing all the horrible things that could happen to your baby when you walk down the street, you’re plotting your partner’s death over and over again.

You’re wondering why no one told you it would be this hard. Something’s changed in you but you’re trying to figure out what it is and if anyone else feels the same.

This book is NOT a parenting manual. You don’t need anyone else telling you what to do with your child. What you need is someone who’ll explain what the actual fallopian is happening to you. What exactly IS motherhood?

So here it is: the complete, honest, uncomfortable and glorious story of motherhood. From the science fiction weirdness of pregnancy, to the sleep torture inflicted by babies, to the crapshow that is negotiating with your megalomaniacal toddler – and all the magic that makes it worth it. These are the things no one told you about motherhood. The joyous, the maddening and the hilarious.

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Winners for this competition

  1. R. Anne - QLD
  2. L. Tappin - NSW
  3. C. Snell - NSW
  4. J. Dunbar - QLD
  5. K. Van Alphen - QLD
  6. E. Archibald - QLD
  7. R. Jones - WA
  8. L. Cormack - ACT
  9. S. Biggs - QLD
  10. T. ROGASCH - QLD
  11. A. Placek - VIC
  12. S. Testaz - TAS
  13. N. Edge - QLD
  14. L. Parsons - VIC
  15. C. Riley - SA
  16. K. Baigent - VIC
  17. S. Townsley - QLD
  18. A. Petek - QLD
  19. J. Swain - SA
  20. J. Munro - NSW

  • oh crap i need one of these right now !! Lets go for a low – i had to go to Japan for work while my daughter was still in hospital. She was ok but my heart broke a little having to leave her.

  • Highs are everyday health and smiles and the kids achievements. Lows are seeing them disappointed or rejected it’s tough to help build up their resiliance sometimes.

  • My low would be my anxiety holding me back form doing it at all. Need help and guidance.

  • My high of parenthood is our Saturday night family movie night, the kids and I get a bowl of popcorn, snuggle up on the couch and laugh together. After a stressful week of running around it’s nice to reconnect with them

  • Highs are every smile, giggle, I love you Mum & hug, but the lows are all the bickering and when seeing them poorly.

  • The worst low of my journey in parenthood has been my ex partner refusing to return children after his visit. It’s taken everything I’ve got to keep going and try be a good mum to my babies while I’m fighting through court to get my big kids home.

  • going 3 weeks with 3 hours sleep every night

  • One of my lows was my poor ability to cope when travelling back to uk with my family and daughter when she was 8 months old.
    I overcomplicated everything and because very stressed out and visiting family in this headspace was my biggest low

  • To help guide me through the tough times, and the good,

  • 4 boys 6 and under almost enough said in that statement alone they certainly tested our patience on more than one occasion. But have all grown up to be lovely young men ,good jobs,partners and have their own families now. Waiting for their paybacks a bitch moment lol. ….LOVE them to pieces !

  • The lows are taking three children through the difficult journey of teenage years – the high is seeing them successfully come out of it and strive

  • My high was when my child to me for the first time

  • One of my lows with both kids was the establishing breastfeeding period. Why hadn’t anyone told me my boobs would be the size of melons, have massive lumps from blocked ducts and extreme engorgement, would have knife cutting like painful nipples and take weeks to get right and finally heal?!?!!!! :)

  • Highs have been seeing her smile and laugh, walking and talking. Lows definitely the lonely feeling you get when they wake in the middle of the night and your partner asleep.

  • One of my early memories late last year when becoming a Mum of two, was in the thick of it with a toddler and newborn, a husband who worked away, sleep deprived, exhausted, pain of breastfeeding and just constantly crying, thinking I’ll never get out of this. What did we do deciding to have another child. 6 months on and that fog has lifted, both kids sleep through the night, the toddler is no longer jealous and they can interact with each other. I see a sense, purpose and am so glad we decided to expand our family.

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