Win one of 20 copies of You Will (Probably) Survive by Lauren Dubois, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

A brilliantly honest guide to the highs and lows of parenthood from the author of award-winning blog The Thud.

‘Articulate and hilarious. This is my all-time favourite go-to reference for every mother.’ CHEZZI DENYER’Lauren Dubois’ entertaining musings on parenting have saved me from the “brink” multiple times. A must-read for the modern-day mother who adores her children – but is happy to acknowledge the journey can be equal parts heaven and hell!’ ERIN MOLANYou walk out of the maternity ward with your new baby, looking back over your shoulder, waiting for someone to stop you and tell you you’re not qualified to do this. But they don’t. They just wave you on your merry way and that’s it. It’s up to you now.

Suddenly you’re a mum. Suddenly you’re crying at sad news stories, you’re picturing all the horrible things that could happen to your baby when you walk down the street, you’re plotting your partner’s death over and over again.

You’re wondering why no one told you it would be this hard. Something’s changed in you but you’re trying to figure out what it is and if anyone else feels the same.

This book is NOT a parenting manual. You don’t need anyone else telling you what to do with your child. What you need is someone who’ll explain what the actual fallopian is happening to you. What exactly IS motherhood?

So here it is: the complete, honest, uncomfortable and glorious story of motherhood. From the science fiction weirdness of pregnancy, to the sleep torture inflicted by babies, to the crapshow that is negotiating with your megalomaniacal toddler – and all the magic that makes it worth it. These are the things no one told you about motherhood. The joyous, the maddening and the hilarious.

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Winners for this competition

  1. R. Anne - QLD
  2. L. Tappin - NSW
  3. C. Snell - NSW
  4. J. Dunbar - QLD
  5. K. Van Alphen - QLD
  6. E. Archibald - QLD
  7. R. Jones - WA
  8. L. Cormack - ACT
  9. S. Biggs - QLD
  10. T. ROGASCH - QLD
  11. A. Placek - VIC
  12. S. Testaz - TAS
  13. N. Edge - QLD
  14. L. Parsons - VIC
  15. C. Riley - SA
  16. K. Baigent - VIC
  17. S. Townsley - QLD
  18. A. Petek - QLD
  19. J. Swain - SA
  20. J. Munro - NSW

  • Being a stay at home mum was my biggest high. I got to do this for 8 whole months. My low is that I had to return to working FIFO working away 7 days at a time from my young daughter while my hubby stayed at home full time to look after my daughter



  • A single parent for 12 years. I went to family court for 8 years it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I then represented myself and won full custody. I wouldnt change a thing.



  • My High is Seeing my two kids together playing nicely and showing the real genuine love they have for one another!!! It makes it all worth while xo



  • awsome just value the moment



  • There is absolutely NOTHING on this earth that is as uplifting, as amazing & utterly fulfilling as the very first time your baby looks right at you… and smiles!



  • One of my lows was when I got mastitis and my partner went back to work our baby was only 3 weeks old I was ready to give up breast feeding, but with support from lactation I kept going



  • One of my highs of parenthood is Christmas morning ???? Creating magic and seeing their faces when they wake up just melts my heart ❤



  • Watching my kids achieve their dreams is an amazing high of parenthood.



  • Highs are experiencing all the firsts lows well the teen years


  • So many highs. Just seeing their beautiful chubby face, I want to kiss them all day long!



  • Daughters standing at the door listening to the ice cream truck music.. “Mummy can we buy ice-cream?” I was holding their 6 week old brother who was crying, screaming!!!!!! I said” I’d like to but Mummy has your crying brother.” Four year old said “Pick me up hold me, I will hold the money and the umbrella (It was pouring rain, very hot summer day afternoon storm.) Got to love her she also had her shopping basket to hold the ice creams. We did it! Baby brother enjoyed his ice cream and stopped crying! The ice cream man said we were his only customers today! Glad to help!



  • My biggest Low is the morning sickness for months on end,
    A crying baby is almost a God send!



  • Being on my hands and knees, sobbing along with my sick toddler because he threw up in the sliding door track and I am furiously trying to clean it out :/



  • My naughty noodles went and got a bottle of soft drink from the fridge for me and shook it up before they gave it to me!!! Not.Happy.Jan. Sticky mess everywhere!!



  • I liken my life as a parent to that of a rollercoaster ride. You’re up and down (covered in cement like weetbix and seeing a heartwarming smile), facing daily danger (no don’t eat that from the ground) and exhaustion (what’s my name?). I never want to exit the ride.


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