Book Review: How to Become an ‘Amazing Mum’ When You Just Don’t Have the Time

How to be an Amazing Mum When You Just Don’t Have the Time: The Ultimate Handbook for Hassled Mothers by Tanith Carey is a tip-filled practical guide to the everyday crises of motherhood. You can tell that journalist Tanith has been there, done that and got the slightly sticky t-shirt of motherhood. Her tips are largley practical and easy to do. Don’t be deterred in the first chapter where she seems to solve several problems by buying more and better kitchen equipment: as you read on you’ll find tips for mums on a budget too.

Tanith manages to make suggestions for everything from speedy lunch boxes to behaviour management to better marital relations. She has advice on easy hair care and quicker ways to get the kids to dress thenselves. She even has a (very) comprehensive list of what to have in the car to ensure that you are prepared for al eventualities and emergencies. It is alot for one book to cover, and I’d probably suggest that you read it on a ‘need to know’ basis rather than cover to cover. The index will help you find Tanith’s suggestions for your particular problem, be it packing for the holiday or managing the contents of your handbag.

Tanith writes in a clear style, much like the little boxes of tips you’ll find in every magazine. This makes the book ideal for time pressed mums. The book did make me question slightly the need for so much time saving, although Tanith herself points out at the end that “It would be a tragedy if looked back at your kids’ childhood and all you remembered was rushing from A to B”. So, pull out one or two key tips at a time to apply: don’t feel compelled to perfect your life by following all the tips as you may end up feeling more hassled than before.


How to be an Amazing Mum When You Just Don’t Have the Time retails at £7.99. You can buy it here.

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