You will wonder how Madeleine ever managed to pen a book with her extraordinary workload, and you will relate to something on every page of Six Under Eight.
You will wonder how Madeleine ever managed to pen a book with her extraordinary workload, and you will relate to something on every page of Six Under Eight. Picasa

The mother of the year, with expert tips and advice, too

IS there a mother among us who has not thrown her hands up in the air in despair at the chaos of raising children?

Whether you have one child or three, the trials are just the same.

The sleepless nights, the mess, the frantic juggling the children’s myriad needs while trying to cook, clean, run a reasonably ordered household, maybe even go out to work.

Imagine then the life of Madeleine West, actor (Neighbours and other popular dramas), mother of six children under eight. Just the sound of it is enough to send most modern mothers running for cover. But Madeleine has written a very funny book – part in diary form, part with parenting tips, part memoir, all interspersed with wit and honesty.

Every mother will relate to Madeleine.

Whether she is talking about the difficulties of breast feeding, organising kiddie birthday parties, dealing with fevers, teething and toddler tantrums (why do they always have their tantrums in the supermarket?) or the joys of changing dozens of nappies each day, every day, year in and out, she brings smiles and nods of understanding to the reader.

Madeleine’s life partner is celebrity chef/entrepreneur Shannon Bennett, who has a business empire employing 300 staff, so that brings into their household its own share of unique problems. You will wonder how Madeleine ever managed to pen a book with her extraordinary work load, and you will relate to something on every page of Six Under Eight.

In among all the humour, Madeleine gives excellent tips and practical advice on how to get through it all, from fitting out the nursery (don’t waste money on a change table, useless things) to preparing siblings for a new arrival, ensuring you get enough sleep, dealing with children’s illnesses and ailments, creating memories for your children, and even being part of their day when you are not there.

You will especially love the section on Mother’s Day, how to give your mother a real treat (not just breakfast in bed leaving the mess for her to clean up).

Six Under Eight by Madeleine West is published by Viking, rrp $35.



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