Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims
I'm just wrapping up my hols in Holland, and wanted to share with you my thoughts on Why Mummy Drinks, the book that kept me entertained for the first few days!
I've been a huge fan of Gill Sims' Facebook Page entitled Peter and Jane for a LONG time. Gill has a knack of sharing the day to day frustrations of being an overworked, tired parent in such an hilarious and true to life way, always accompanied at the end of the day by Judgy Dog watching her have a much needed glass of wine at night.
The book follows a year in the life of Ellen, starting in early September as the children return to school, and she re-commits her determination to have it all together this year. I can totally identify with that sentiment, as I know that come September my children will be sparklingly clean and spotless, and yet by the end of the year, their uniforms always look a little worse for wear and bedraggled. I'm sure I'm not alone.
And that's what I like about this book. It shows us the un-instagrammable side of being a parent, the disasters, mishaps and often fraught episodes that leave us feeling overwhelmed and insecure in our abilities. By putting them on the page in witty, often painfully embarrassing yet true ways, Sims shows that we are not alone. We are not the only ones who have horrendous days with our children, who resent doing the cooking, cleaning and general dogs-bodying that running a family requires, all whilst at the same time valuing family life and our children above all else. Yes, it is a paradox, and yet it is one felt by many.
What I like too, is that Ellen has a creative spark of an idea, and goes for it. Little by little, it snowballs, much in the same way Gill's own success has become gargantuan over the past two years. And good luck to her. I come away feeling proud of her for now having two bestsellers on her hands, after starting just a small little blog. Because what it shows us is that anyone can achieve anything, even amidst the mayhem. Have a read here of Why Mummy Drinks and get her sequel Why Mummy Swears here.