The real mums guide to surviving Parenthood

Jen Hogan is a mam to seven ( yes I said seven) children ranging from 2 to 16 years of age. She’s also a really good friend and one of the most genuine girls I’ve ever met. ( But honestly, this doesn’t sway my review of her book “The real mum’s guide to surviving parenthood”)

If anyone’s qualified to write a parenting book it’s her.

She’s been there done that and wore the baby vomit-stained shirt.

While chasing a half-naked toddler around the room of course.

When I was pregnant, I read every single parenting book on the planet.

I found they all had an authoritative tone, Making me feel a sense of panic! None of them was Irish and some of them were written by “ expert,s” who didn’t have kids, all based on research, wtf?

Full of lists and rules of what you should be doing, they actually made me doubt every capability I ever had and I worked in childcare.

This book is different,

It really is, because it’s written by a mum of seven.  Jen says “ if you’re the sort of person who thinks a baby will just fit into your routine – well good luck with that one, babies are predictably unpredictable! ( Love it)

She gives practical real advice, from start to finish. There’s no finger-pointing as she shares her perspective,  the ups and downs,  challenges and rewards.

From toddler to teen and everything in between.

Jen and her 7 kids


This book is humorous sensitive but most importantly it’s real. I found myself in floods of tears one minute and actually in convulsions of laughter the next.

Jen’s honestly jumps off every page.

The topics covered are

  • Pregnancy, childbirth and miscarriage
  • The newborn stage
  • Postnatal depression
  • Adjusting to the new mum you and the importance of Mum friends
  • Toddler terrors and threenagers
  • Adding to your brood and adjusting to the new family dynamic
  • The primary school years
  • The secondary transition

All from a pair of eyes who has seen everything, and at this stage of the game is unshockable when it comes to the day in the life of a baby to teen.

Her lovable personality shines through from start to finish and by the end of the book you will feel like you know her and will love her as much as I do.

There are little nuggets of wisdom throughout, from what to expect during labour to overcoming loneliness and isolation after the birth, talking about her real experience s of miscarriage and postnatal depression and how she got through it.

In all honesty, I can’t recommend this book enough to any pregnant or first-time mum. It will guide them through the good and the bad.

and give them the reassurance and guidance they need to “surviving Parenthood”

Exactly what it says on the tin

At number 1 exactly where it should be

I will leave you with my favourite paragraph from book,

“ Social media moment s rarely reflect the true reality of the sometimes monotonous days and never-ending workload. Pictures of snot bubble blowing babies against the backdrop of a house that looks like it’s been turned over by burglars”


Jen is honest, funny, kind and is quickly becoming Irelands very own parenting Guro. The real mum’s guide to surviving parenthood has been a huge success reaching number 1.

Its the voice of sanity on those days where your feeling the mummy guilts or you just can’t hack it as a parent.

Jen will lift you up and let you know we, ve all been there. Inspiring you along the way.

You can buy the real mums guide to surviving Parenthood here ..

(it would make an excellent stocking filler for any parent)

Disclosure: I bought the real mums guide to surviving Parenthood. I wasn’t asked to review it! I loved the honesty in it so much I wanted to share it with you guys. Anyone who reads it will feel the same.


Jolene X


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