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to think the book how not to f*** them up is awful

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tvmum1976 Tue 14-Jun-11 20:04:39

I'm sure that this has been discussed a lot in the past (I am pretty new to motherhood and mumsnet...) but have just read this book and find it unbelievably judgemental, sexist, and full of rubbish.
Sorry, had to vent.

microserf Tue 14-Jun-11 20:07:44

you already have a copy of the mumsnet rules? grin

seriously, what book are you referring to?

tvmum1976 Tue 14-Jun-11 20:10:13

sorry, Oliver James- How not to f* them up. A whole lot of stuff about how we are being selfish if we go back to work, and that seemingly everything is pretty much our fault as mums (exaggerating here, but that seemed to be the gist...)

ThistleDoNicely Tue 14-Jun-11 20:10:22

Oh dear, I just bought it for my husband for father's day after seeing Oliver James on The Wright Stuff. We thought it would be quite good after hearing some of the stuff the author had to say. Not read it yet though.

meditrina Tue 14-Jun-11 20:11:29

"How not to f* them up" - clue in title?

I've not read it, but had heard of it. I'll be interested in comments too.

tvmum1976 Tue 14-Jun-11 20:11:47

Hi Thistle- it's probably me being defensive here! It's certainly an interesting read, and sure your husband will enjoy it. Just wondered what other people thought of it, who have more experience of parenting than I do...

EricNorthmansMistress Tue 14-Jun-11 20:12:29

Oliver James's name is mud on MN smile He is full of sexist shit to be fair. I can't stand him.

nethunsreject Tue 14-Jun-11 20:13:56

I've read 'They fuck you up' by him and yes, sexist claptrap a lot of it.

SheCutOffTheirTails Tue 14-Jun-11 20:16:05

I love that poem though.

They fuck you up, your Mum and Dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.

tvmum1976 Tue 14-Jun-11 20:17:30

phew! thanks. i started reading it a couple of months ago with my tiny first baby, in the incredibly anxious newborn period. Felt instantly rubbish about myself and my future ability to be a mother to my new daughter. Then it suddenly occurred to me a couple of months later that perhaps it was the tone of the book at fault and not me...?

JoulesM Tue 14-Jun-11 20:49:19

Try 'Life after birth' as a refreshing antidote. It's a good read and is basically saying mums need to cut themselves some slack. Of all the baby books I read it was my fave (based on historical facts).

PeterSpanswick Tue 14-Jun-11 20:57:02

Is he the guy who likes to spout off about how working mothers are selfish and educated women are more likely to be disatisfied at home with their children and should therefore admit that they aren't "cut out for this"? Am left wondering exactly who he thinks should be raising children?! And drawing the logical conclusions from the above, he might want to rethink that one!

wompoopigeon Tue 14-Jun-11 20:59:42

The MN consensus, to which I wholly subscribe, is that the man is a total arse. His pseudo science is easily dissected, and as a man he is riddled with ishoos. He was also very rude to our Justine on the radio. Do yourself a favour and through the book out of the window.

wompoopigeon Tue 14-Jun-11 21:00:47

Throw! Bloody iPhone autocorrect.

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 14-Jun-11 21:05:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

itisnotacompetitionyouknow Tue 14-Jun-11 21:31:44

I suspect that a lot of people don't like Oliver James because he is telling you what you don't want to hear...

tvmum1976 Tue 14-Jun-11 21:33:48

how so itisnota...?

EggyAllenPoe Tue 14-Jun-11 21:36:29

indeed. i don't want to hear misogynistic BS with no scientific founding written by a bloke who has never done the job of FT childcare himself.

so yes, he is telling me stuff I don't want to hear.

EggyAllenPoe Tue 14-Jun-11 21:38:13

and the man has serious ishoos, his every interview is all 'my mummeee didn't luuuuurve Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Me me me!!'

although i am yet to hear him pinpoint anything that I woul consider abusive. That may be simply because i don't go out of my way to listen to his claptrap......

JockTamsonsBairns Tue 14-Jun-11 21:41:22

Haven't read Oliver James and, tbh, have no intention of doing so based on what I've picked up on MN. However, I absolutely second the recommendation of Kate Figes' "Life After Birth". I read it 13 years ago amidst the fug of having my new firstborn, and I found it an instant revelation - a totally honest account of new motherhood which helped me make sense of how I felt at the time.

Also, "Mothers, what they do - especially when it looks like nothing" (cant remember the author, sorry), was a lovely read too. Easy to dip in and out of when you get a wee moment to yourself.

Oh, and welcome to Mumsnet - wish I'd had it around 13 years ago! smile

SybilBeddows Tue 14-Jun-11 21:41:44

I haven't read the book but from the stuff of his I have read, it is probably rubbish. He was awful in interviews. He thinks you shouldn't have more than 2 children because otherwise you will neglect them, because his mother had a lot of children and he thinks he was neglected.

His lack of front-line experience of looking after children shines through.

itisnotacompetitionyouknow Tue 14-Jun-11 21:44:59

Oliver James is very much all about the child having a strong attachment to its primary carer in its formative years. That does, in a lot of cases, mean the mother. I don't understand why people get so upset about this. We did know what we were signing up for when we decided to have a baby surely? (Well not quite, it's a hell of a lot tougher than I could have expected, but I did expect the buck to stop with me).

working9while5 Tue 14-Jun-11 21:46:06

itisnotacompetitionyouknow: perhaps you should heed your namesake?

overmydeadbody Tue 14-Jun-11 21:46:25

Moral of the story: Do not read parenting books.

itisnotacompetitionyouknow Tue 14-Jun-11 21:46:49

People on here are saying he's not qualified to comment, but as I understand it he has been a child psychologist for many years, so he will have seen many children with many issues, so he probably has an understanding on what causes good and bad mental health in children. He is also a father.

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