A Spoonful of Sugar by Liz Fraser is, as the cover suggests, about families, traditions and old fashioned values. But it is far more than just a collection of advice from our older realtives. This is a really well considered, thought out and researched book about why some of the more old fashioned values are actually more relevant and more useful to keeping our kids happy and healthy today.
Liz’s book is based around converstaions with her grandmother who she clearly respects and adores. What a strong, smart wise woman grandmother turns out to be. She’s rather fabulous actually and has real nuggets of wisdom. The conversations range from food to discipline to play and sometimes Grandmothers advice is surprising and sometimes you find yourself nodding that yes of course it was better that way! (less activities, everyone eating the same food…oh yes!)
Liz does add in her own view and a modern slant on many of her Grandmothers views and all of this gives real food for thought. I left off reading this book having considered many aspects of my own parenting and feeling I had had a really good think thorugh of how I was bringing up my kids…that can never be a bad thing! They free play more and longer now and I don’t take my daughter to pick her own clothes anymore or make my son fold the laundry with me. Why? you’ll understand if you listen to granny! It’s about letting your kids simply be kids.
What is lovely about this book is that it makes you reflect and it makes you think. It is warm and funny and well written and totally engaging. A great read .
To win a signed copy of Liz Fraser’s fab book please just tell me what your grandparents taught you. (Mine taught me to be polite and play rummy- v useful stuff!!!)
1 entry per person UK and Ireland entries only please. Winner drawn at random Feb 11th.