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BOOKS: Can Fiction Show us the realities of Parenting?

At times, our existence is so saturated with the hustle and bustle of daily life that it becomes essential to pause and rejuvenate ourselves. Reading, for many of us, serves as a sanctuary, a haven of tranquility. However, we may sometimes grapple with guilt, perceiving this retreat as a form of escapism or a misuse of time.

To address this, I’ve curated a selection of fiction books that impart valuable lessons about parenting. This allows you to indulge in your well-deserved respite, vicariously live through characters unrelated to you, and simultaneously glean insights on enhancing your parenting skills.

Fiction books can be a treasure trove of wisdom, shedding light on the intricacies of parenting and its associated challenges. They offer readers the opportunity to view situations from diverse angles, learn from the experiences of others, and cultivate empathy for a variety of parenting scenarios. Moreover, delving into fiction can serve as an escape, enabling parents to momentarily set aside their daily duties and lose themselves in an alternate universe. Fiction also stimulates creativity and imagination, attributes that are instrumental in a child’s growth. In essence, fiction books can serve as a potent resource for understanding parenting and fostering personal development.

 Here are some of the best fiction books that explore the complexities and joys of parenting while you are taking a much needed break:

“The Push” by Ashley Audrain

This psychological drama delves into the darker side of motherhood, exploring themes of generational trauma and the pressures of parenting. It’s a gripping read that challenges the idealized notions of motherhood




“Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng

This novel examines the intricacies of family dynamics and the impact of parenting styles on children. It tells the story of two families in a suburban community, highlighting the conflicts and connections that arise




“Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos” by Lucy Knisley

A graphic memoir that combines humor and honesty to depict the author’s journey through pregnancy and early motherhood. It’s a relatable and heartwarming read for parents





“The Bright Side of Disaster” by Katherine Center

This novel follows a young woman navigating the challenges of single motherhood after her fiancé leaves her. It’s a story of resilience, love, and finding joy in unexpected places





“Confessions of a First-Time Mum” by Poppy Dolan

A funny and heartwarming novel about the ups and downs of first-time motherhood. It captures the chaos, joy, and unexpected moments that come with raising a child




“Why Mummy Drinks” by Gill Sims

A humorous take on the daily struggles of parenting, this book offers a candid look at the life of a modern mother trying to balance work, family, and personal time





“Hold My Girl” by Charlene Carr

This novel explores the emotional journey of two women connected by a fertility clinic mix-up. It delves into themes of motherhood, identity, and the bonds that form between parents and children

These books provide a mix of humor, drama, and heartfelt moments, making them great reads for parents looking to see their experiences reflected in fiction. Do any of these titles catch your interest?



ENJOY my fellow Huddle-tites!



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