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

  • Highs would be seeing my son learning something new all the times, reaching milestones, his cute laugh, learning and wanting to cuddle and give me kisses and watching him have fun.

    Lows are the many colds and sicknesses my son endures, and he tried to eat his poo last week!!



  • Looking into these big blue eyes and knowing that they are my babies!!!!



  • One of my highs of parenthood is The firsts.
    The first haircut, the first steps and the first tooth it will be ingrained in my heart and soul forever. These moments I cherish.
    Watching my children grow is unbelievable.



  • I am the parent of a special needs child with autism, we have our highs and lows every single day, the low would be that he is non verbal, and the high would be that he is learning everyday, wouldn’t change him for the world



  • The biggest low was when my daughter had a baby and then moved interstate :'(



  • There can be so many lows in parenthood that it can often be quite a bittersweet experience…. so I only focus on the highs! Like the moment my toddler finally goes to the toilet after what seems like 100 accidents in a day!



  • My lowest of the lows was when my son, aged 8 1/2 months, was dehydrated from gastro and had to spend some time in hospital. I was unable to stay, broke my heart at the time, still kills me inside when I think about it. Little baby all alone in hospital ????



  • Moving house with two kids, then the day after we moved in both kids and I got sick so couldn’t do any unpacking and had to live in chaos for weeks. It was the worst couple of weeks ever!



  • One high of parenthood was when my son finally spoke after 5 years.



  • have a 16 year old Son who is going through the hormone stage – talk about moody. Moods change at a drop of the button and his 10 year old brother is now copying his behaviour so I now have to deal with TWO moody boys.



  • The low of feeling that everything I do is wrong. We are our own worst critics at times though.



  • The low for me who be the time my son got a glass splinter imbedded into his foot. We had to ‘dig’ it out with tweezers l, as it was a Sunday and all the doctors was closed. Hearing him crying so much about it, caused so much parent guilt to my husband and I that we both ended up crying along with him. My son was so distraught that we let him eat ice cream and lemonade for the rest of the day :(



  • My highs are the smiles my baby shows me, the cooking sounds he makes and his tiny little fingers wrapping around mine. Everything is a high to me with my third child who is 3 months young.



  • Seeing my kids achieve so much makes me proud beyond words can express



  • I’m winning when I can get both kids to nap at the same time… Then it’s Netflix and coffee time for me!


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