If You Forget Everything Else Remember This: Parenting in the Primary Years

Katharine Hill


Pages: 176
ISBN: 978-1-910012-25-3
Publication Date: 27/03/2015

"Remember This" oozes wisdom, practical help and above all, understanding.
Rob Parsons OBE, Chairman and Founder, Care for the Family.

From first angelic role in the nativity play to first love, from broken hearts and best friendships to school bullies, life as a parent is an emotional roller coaster. Amid the chaos of finding swimming goggles and refereeing sibling squabbles, many of us long for help.

Here is help! Wisdom in bite-sized chapters, sayings to commit to memory, cartoons to bring a smile. So put the kettle on, and if you forget everything else, remember this…

From that first angelic role in the nativity play to that first love, from broken hearts and best friendships to school bullies, life as a parent is an emotional roller coaster. And amidst the practical chaos of finding swimming goggles, making packed lunches, cleaning out the rabbit and refereeing sibling squabbles, many of us long for help, for a little wisdom to help us do the job well.

Here is that help! Wisdom in stories and bite-sized chapters to help navigate this challenging season of parenting and family life – sayings to read in a few minutes while waiting for the kettle to boil, to commit to memory and draw upon at a second’s notice, and hilarious cartoons to bring a smile.

So put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, turn the page, and if you forget everything else as a parent, remember this…

What people are saying

A note from Muddy Pearl

Editing this book took me straight back to when my own children were young – conjuring that scramble in the morning to find the lost plimsoll or the permission letter for the school trip; the chatter and banter around the table in the evening. And the friends – who are still friends – that we shared those days with.

Being a mum or a dad is the most important job in the world, but the real training is all on the job. We do our best, we make mistakes and we learn from them. And we so need a friend, to share our struggles, joys and pride without fear of being judged or criticized or ridiculed – and to guide us through the pitfalls of parenting.

This book is like a good friend. Deeply honest, down-to-earth, funny and generous, Katharine openly shares her own mistakes – like the time she accidentally left her daughter in London – and gently shares the wisdom and perspective that she has earned as a mum and professional, through stories and as short, easy-to-remember sayings.

Those days go so quickly – and you get only one chance to get it right. So, if you forget everything else, remember this…

Stephanie Heald

Additional information


Fasten your seatbelts
Remember who you are
There's no point trying to be Supermum (or Superdad)
Lay down the guilt
Children will be as different as chalk and cheese
Don't look sideways
Ask yourself: What does a good job really look like?
Put your oxygen mask on first
Listening says 'You matter'
It's good to talk
Love them and let them know
Speak words of life
It's quality and quantity time
Actions speak louder than words
Gifts are not just for birthdays
'Please hold me'
Laughter is the best medicine
We always
Lay the table
The poorest parents can give the gift - the gift of play
Sometimes 'playing safe' is dangerous
Boundaries give security
Choose your style
Choose you battles
Say what you mean and mean what you say
Remember the three Ds
Childish irresponsibility or disobedience?
Label the actions, never the child
Consequences are the best teachers
Shoulder to shoulder
Enjoy the Generation game
Be the first to say sorry
Take a walk in his moccasins
Slow down, you're moving too fast!
It takes a village
Parent with elastic
Values are more often caught than taught
Take a second look
Snow leopard moments
Give them roots
Carpe diem


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About the author

Katharine Hill
Katharine Hill

Katharine Hill LLB JP is UK Director at Care for the Family. She speaks and writes on family matters, is a regular author for The Huffington Post, and the author of several books. Katharine also leads on Care for the Family’s policy agenda representing the organisation at government level, and has practised as a family lawyer. She is married to Richard and they have four grown-up children and two grandchildren.

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