‘Other books spout nonsense about which scented candle to use during the birth or which pram-ercise class will flatten your stomach most quickly, but I focus on the truly important things, such as what happens to your ranking in society when you fail to achieve a natural birth.’
iis Supernanny on acid: a handbag-sized, laugh-out-loud parody of mainstream parenting advice. Angelica Fustain is a spoof nanny who covers all the crucial topics of preschooler care – from crying to sleeping and clothing to discipline – but all from a deliciously outrageous viewpoint.
Angelica's motivation is to protect society from the terrible effects of poor parenting. She is neither a parent nor a childcare professional herself, but her cluelessness doesn't stop her being outrageously prescriptive and forceful:
• She champions the rights of innocent bystanders: “It’s your moral duty to invest in adequate sound proofing so baby’s screaming won’t interfere with your neighbours’ bedtime reading.”
• She believes that hard work always pays off: “By all means use a tumble dryer… but you can enhance the parent-child
bond quite magically by singing your children’s clothes dry with your warm breath.”
• She never misses an opportunity to promote her wide range of merchandise: “You can buy a range of Trudy Truelove ready-made clothes from my website, all reassuringly priced at more than £85 to make sure you never see a child emerge from Aldi wearing the same outfit as your treasured offspring.”
puts the modern obsession with ‘perfect parenting’ into perspective and helps parents relax about their own efforts.