Netmums Strike Guide by Laura Kemp

Today’s guest blog is from Laura Kemp, author of the brilliant new novel ‘Mums on Strike’. Her new book is all about a group of mums who decide they have had enough of doing all the housework and childcare and decide to take drastic action and go on strike. We were lucky enough to read the book in advance and devoured it in one sitting. You’ll love it. And we have ten copies to giveaway. To grab a copy, simply leave a comment on this blog.


Netmums Strike Guide by Laura Kemp

Are you approaching the end of your housework tether?Laura Kemp

Do you feel taken for granted, put upon, angry, resentful, miserable and sad that you’re basically the skivvy?

If so, then it might be time to go on strike!

The heroine in my new book Mums on Strike does just that in a bid to get her husband to split the chores down the middle. She’s got two jobs already – one at the local gift shop, the other being on call 24-7 for the kids. And he expects her to do all the cooking, cleaning and thinking on top of that.

Sounds familiar, right.

Here’s what you need to know in My Guide To Going On Strike…

Have a strop. You’ll never see it through if you don’t get angry at the injustice of it all. mums on strikeSomething will set you off – maybe it’s yet another empty milk carton left in the fridge or a mountain of cardboard toilet rolls on the bathroom floor. Never mind it’s something small, that’s the point, you’re expected to do pretty much everything. It’s insulting, it’s boring and it gets on your chest!

Inform Your Family. Once you’ve calmed down, tell your other half ‘right, that’s it’. Say you want to share the housework because you’re neither his mum nor the housekeeper. You work just as hard as him so why is everything left to you? Tell the kids you’re playing a game called Ask Daddy!

Mean It. Your bloke is likely to think it’s either a big joke or you’ve got PMT. He’ll probably make you a cup of tea and walk on eggshells for an hour or so. DO NOT BACK DOWN!

Stay firm. That moment when chaos hits – the lunchboxes aren’t made, there’s no clean school uniform, there’s nothing in the fridge – walk away and bite your tongue. He has to know what goes into running the house. If you help him, he won’t.

Kiss the kids. Let them know you’re not angry with them – far from it, this strike means you have more time to spend with them.

Dig deep. Days in, you’ll start itching at the sight of crumbs, washing pile, dirty plates and the sight of fishfingers and chips for the third night in a row. Do not scratch that itch! Tell yourself you’re doing this for the children, so they grow up not expecting the woman to do all the work.

Moral support. Find yourself a strike partner to confide in when the going gets tough. Your husband might pretend it’s easy in an attempt to throw you. Or he might look tired and desperate. Keep going until he waves the white duster!

Fill your time. What is it you wish you had more time to do? It could be reading, exercise, watching telly, crafts, playing with the kids. Whatever it is, do it. It’ll help take your mind off the mess and stop you laughing at your husband when he dyes his white shirts pink.

Sex. You’re not on sex strike so make a point of being up for it every night. He will be so exhausted he will get a taste of his own medicine.

Victory. You’ll know when he’s had enough – it might be when he bursts into tears because he failed to cook the frozen chicken kievs because he put the oven light on instead of switching it on. It might be when he’s trying to microwave the damp school shirts dry. Seize that moment, get him to agree to sharing the housework and draw up a rota before he changes his mind!

Laura Kemp

It’s time to take a stand – and have a sit down!

My second book MUMS ON STRIKE is out for Arrow on January 16, 2014.mums on strike - laura kemp

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We have ten copies of ‘Mums on Strike’ to giveaway. Simply leave a comment and from all comments received by midnight on 31st January we will pick out ten lucky winners. Usual Netmums terms and conditions apply. So – would you go on strike?

If you think a strike might be a bit drastic then find tips on how to share the housework and the chores and find a happy balance here.

And if things lead to rows read tips on how to stop a tiff turning into a tornado here

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56 Responses to Netmums Strike Guide by Laura Kemp

  1. Tanya says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!! I would def go on strike!!!

  2. Charlotte Bryson says:

    Would love to – might just do if I win a book 😉

  3. miss samantha poole says:

    I think this book will be the type where a lot of mums can relate to. Sounds a great book 🙂

  4. Jacqui Ss says:

    I’ve gone on a mini strike on occasion and it has worked. It makes everyone stand and stare at each other with a wide-eyed “what shall I do now?” expression. A few hours having to manage under their own steam never did my family any harm. Love the humour in the excerpts of the book, hope it’s a success for Laura.

  5. Gemma Hayes says:

    Love the idea of this. Couldn’t do it. Had to throw my partner out the house just so he actually understood how angry and upset I was. Already tried the tips to get him to listen and understand. Maybe a bit drastic but I think it worked. He’s moving back home and he now seems to get it, me and proper family life! Would love a copy of this book. Right up my street. Good luck when the book goes on sale x

  6. yvonne says:

    would love this book

  7. laura daley says:

    My partner still wouldn’t help he’s a lazy so and so

  8. JENNY LEACH says:

    Have often thought of going on strike….but believe the house would probably fall down despite having a nearly a teenage child and two older children. The husband had to go as was like having a fourth child! Really need to install some rules and regulations as a mum and full time cancer nurse soon before I go stir crazy…..

  9. Emma McAndrew-Bruce says:

    Would love to win a copy of the book! Then I might go on strike for a few days haha!! 😆

  10. Sarah cartin says:

    Sounds like a great book. I often have days where I manage to ignore the mess for a few hours but I can never go to bed with the house in a mess.

  11. agnes says:

    I would love to go on strike I just feel sorry for my daughter. It would be good idea for my husband to have a look at that book as a pre-warning.

  12. Charlene coy says:

    This sounds so tempting,love to have a read seems like a lot of mums will relate to this 😊

  13. Ann Craddock says:

    Tbh am very lucky to have a husband like I do. I’m at home with the baby and do things during the week but come weekend if stuff needs sorting we do it together. If I’m putting baby to bed then my husband will clear the toys away same the other way around.

    I’m lucky as my husband will do the washing up after I’ve cooked the dinner.

    In the past I have had bf’s that a the topical type of men where everything around the house has to be done and I’m expected to do it!! I once cut my finger so badly that it probably needed stitching! I didn’t want to get it wet and had no washing up gloves. So instead of my bf at the time washing up I had to call my mum round to do it!! So if I had gone on strike then, I doubt nothing would of changed except becoming single lol

  14. Emma Miller says:

    Sounds like a funny book. I’m tempted to go on strike most mornings but the thought of living in a pigsty with no clean clothes and nothing to eat puts me off! would love to win x

  15. thesoupdragonsays says:

    This book sounds fab, and I wish I could go on strike not so much from my son, but hubby! very tempting…

  16. Tracy McWhinnie says:

    The book sounds really good and I would love to read it. I am a lucky lady though and my husband is actually good at helping with the housework. He stood and did all the ironing two days before the new year, we do the dishes together (I wash he dries) and he helps with the laundry too. He will put on the washing machine and hang up or out the washing. There are the odd days when I think I am running around doing everything and he is sat on his laptop but not too often.

  17. Sally says:

    I would love to go on strike and win a copy of the book

  18. angie says:

    I think I could definitely learn a few tips from this book, its a very tempting idea!

  19. Lisa Pearson says:

    Love it. I’m going back to work soon and I can just see it happening. X

  20. CatM says:

    I would go on strike, but the other half already pulls his fair share of weight, Our day jobs are I be the SAHM (free childcare woohoo) and he earns the money, but when we are both at home the house work gets divied out 50/50. So I can’t complain honestly. LOL maybe I should write a book “how to arrange a 50/50 work load without going on strike”. Hope one of the other posters gets a copy, but failing that I’d like a copy so I can give it to a good friend of mine in a bias chore routine who probably would get a great boost out of reading it. So I would like a copy for that reason.

  21. emma passmore says:

    Tempted very tempted!!

  22. Rachael says:

    Ooo id happily go on strike – I do everything round the house from the minute my little boy wakes around 5.30am too the minute he goes to bed at 7pm (whether it be cleaning, cooking, shopping, chores, walking the dog etc) and even then I have uni work to complete 😦 I once did go on strike from washing the dishes as I was fed up of them just being left as though I was expected I woukd do it – we ate off paper plates for a week before someone got the hint x

  23. mariam bashua says:

    i would go on strike. fortunately for family my sister would step in

  24. helen d says:

    There are many times in my busy household with five lovely children that i would like to go on strike! would like to read this as i can relate to it! please

  25. Caroline Sparks says:

    I love the premise of this book, and would love to win it!!

  26. Gemma says:

    I like the idea of going on strike, but in reality not sure I could!

  27. emma crane says:

    Brilliant blog, I’ve threatened strike action today, were in negotiations the moment, my cars been washed and i haven’t made a hot drink all day but he could still fail to deliver and the strike may still commence! Added in that I’ve struggled to walk today thanks to being two days in to an exercise plan and his laughed at my stair hobbling muscles aching attempts and he could get a sex strike too although he probably would say he couldn’t notice 😋

  28. Amanda Peers says:

    Sounds like a fab book. Would love to win a copy 🙂

  29. Caroline Harnett says:

    I canceled sky sports once, boy I got noticed!!!

  30. Helen Lisseman says:

    This book sounds really funny! I would love to go on strike, maybe this book can give me more ideas on the pros and cons 😉

  31. Iisa says:

    What a good idea, but eventually I. Sure I’d have to step in

  32. Leanne allen says:

    When I go on strike it last about 5 minutes 🙂

  33. Cassie Kinsman says:

    Sounds a great read!

  34. Lisa Hibbard says:

    Love the idea of going on strike but not sure I would go through with it , I am really on the case of my 10 year old son at the moment as he is just so lazy, every time he leaves a room it’s like a crime scene

  35. Emma Jordan says:

    You took a peek into my conversation with Dearheart this morning, didn’t you, about the household triangle that is laundry, bathroom and hoovering!

  36. Rachel D says:

    I think I might go and hide in the cubboard under the stairs,I would love to read this book,sounds fun

  37. Anne Marie Jackson says:

    Book sounds brilliant! I’m contemplating a strike! :0)

  38. Shellie Cranage says:

    I wouldn’t be able to go on strike as my fiancé already does some housework. Not quite half but what he does do really helps. The book sounds like a really good read though.

  39. Carmen says:

    I am officially on strike at this very moment…., my 10 yr old said ” Don’t you think you should Hoover, it’s looking a bit messy? “……. It’s sooo lush to switch off and suddenly I have loads of time to read and paint my nails….. Revolution!!! Girlfriends!!! Lol!!!!

  40. Sam says:

    Washing left by the SIDE of the linen basket gets me. Have made a rule that if it’s not in the linen basket it doesn’t get washed. It’s all good until I get a 7 year old’s voice say “I don’t have any pants left” just before going to school!

  41. Lucy bunn says:

    This books sounds fab! I think all mums could relate to this book. I did when I red I’ve not got to scratch the itch of looking at the crumbs and spilled milk etc lol

  42. Carly says:

    This sounds like my life down to a tea
    Strike is looking like a great plan to even up our household

  43. Kelly Durbridge says:

    I laughed out loud when i read this blog! i am slowyt but surely putting some of these actions into place AND IT IS SLOWLY WORKING! keep at it ladies and you will def see results!!

    Would love to read the rest of the book!

  44. Grumpy says:

    About the most patronising thing I have ever read. Plenty of us Dads do our fair share, yet have to listen to guff like this. I don’t know a single guy like this, and if you do, it’s your own fault for marrying an oik from the 40s. PLENTY of Dad stuff gets taken for granted too, but we don’t feel the need to write books about it. Sheesh.

  45. Clare says:

    A book I can most defiantly relate to!

  46. Ellen says:

    All mums can relate to this book! This house would fall apart if I went on strike!

  47. Ella Brucher says:

    Would love love love this book. And def eould go on strike to show them what were worth…and how much were doin for all family. 🙂

  48. Kate clifton says:

    Seems like the author was in my house tonight! This book could be me…very soon! I just need to find my strike partner !

  49. Indranee Taukoordass says:

    Be it in Europe or Asian countries…all mother faces the same problems. Truly said in this book.

  50. This book sounds fab I need to go on strike

  51. Geri says:

    If I went on strike, he wouldn’t know what hit him! I would love to give it a go.

  52. lindsey bluff says:

    this book looks amazing, I definitely need to go on strike. Hope I get the chance to read this!

  53. Debbie Burfoot says:

    need to go on strike for them to appreciate things dont happen on their own..Looks a fab read:)

  54. Would love a copy of this book. I could give it to hubby for Valentines day and perhaps he will get the hint. If not I can down tools, lie on the sofa all day reading the book, drinking coffee and eating chocolates.

  55. Sharon says:

    Sounds fantastic. What a great idea for a book and for putting into practice. The Ask Dad game is genius, mine can be sat on daddy’s knee watching tv all together but get up to track me down at the far end of the house (doing one chore or another or another or another or……. get the idea?) to ask if they can have a drink or watch a DVD or play on Daddy’s phone!

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