The First Year Is Survival is the literary equivalent of a hug and a hot cup of tea after a bad day. Being a parent for the first-time is tough but the workload is doubled, or tripled, with multiple babies! Through personal reflections and interviews with parents from around the world, Leonie Huie guides parents of twins and multiples through the first year of life in the new role, openly addressing challenges such as anxiety, post-natal depression, returning to work, behavioural and emotional changes, and offers advice about how to get a good night's sleep, keep communicating with your partner, maintain a healthy relationship with your friends and family, and how to avoid shutting down and shutting up. By the end of the book, the aim is that you'll have more practical and realistic ideas of what to do to help you and your new family throughout that first year. You never know, you may even find that you've not just survived but thrived over those 12 months!
Leonie, who lives in London, now works part-time as a teacher whilst running Empower Me and uses her 17 years' experience in education to coach and deliver training to mothers wanting to make positive changes in their lives to improve work-life balance for themselves and their family. She is also a female empowerment coach, public speaker and her first book, 'The First Year is Survival,' is written to help parents of twins and multiple children survive their first year of parenthood. Leonie's daughters are still young so she manages her time effectively to ensure she can take them to their favourite place - the park - as well as play games and watch Mr Tumble..