Dear Dilvin, you suck at this. Sincerely, Dilvin.
In the frightening world of tiger mums, little emperors and helicopter parenting, can any mother ever be good enough? Dilvin Yasa thinks probably not. In fact, she’s pretty sure mothers have been sold a dodgy lot of unrealistic standards, with a good dollop of guilt thrown in.
Dilvin draws extensively and often hilariously on her own experiences as a new mother, but also consults the experts. Each chapter, be it on competitive parenting, post-natal depression or returning to work, contains relevant advice from a professional in the field.
Refreshingly candid, Dilvin sheds light on the unexpected challenges of parenting, and never shies from a tough question: Is it okay to take time out from your family? (yes); Should you give your child a ‘unique’ name? (dubious); and, Is it okay to tell your child that cat heaven is on the moon? (maybe not).
Good Enough shares a journey that is both universal and deeply personal. With warmth, wit and wicked humour, Dilvin Yasa details the embarrassing failings, unexpected triumphs and dizzying and delightful in-betweens of modern-day motherhood.
The perfect book for mums who want to share with their daughters and for daughters who can’t always share with their mums.
By the time Dilvin Yasa left home, she’d already dated a string of bad men, fallen prey to countless fashion faux pas and suffered too many awkward sex talks with her parents. Determined that the next generation should learn from her experiences, she wrote a series of letters for her young daughter to read when she reaches the eve of adulthood – sharing the things that only a mother can teach her daughter.
Things My Daughter Needs to Know is both an accessible parenting book and an edgy self-help guide for young women needing reliable info on picking the right bra, avoiding full-moon parties, tackling the dating game and flying the nest.
Drawing on years of experience as a journalist for women’s magazines and sharing – with admirable honesty – more than a few embarrassing stories from her own coming of age, Dilvin Yasa gives us frank, fearless and very funny advice on the sometimes painful, often joyful and always interesting journey into womanhood.