Review: How To Update Your Parents – Giveaway


Our review of the book How To Update Your Parents by Pete Johnson.


How to Update your parents book cover


I was sent a copy of this book to review. I am also running a giveaway competition at the bottom of this post via rafflecopter, for you to win your own copies of the three books in the series.


The book is actually the sequel to the books How to Train Your Parents and My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy. We haven’t read either of the other books before. It didn’t matter though, as the book read well on its own and didn’t read as though we were missing any detail.


The blurb at the back of the book has this to say:


What can you do when you’re trapped in a TECHNOLOGY TIME WARP?

When Louis’ parents decide he spends too much time “glued to screens” they come up with their WORST IDEA ever – a TOTAL BAN on tablets, computers and mobiles! Louis needs a plan to FIGHT BACK and FAST!

Can his best friend Maddy come to the RESCUE?


According to my boys a screens ban is the worst idea ever. I know they felt this way, as for bad behaviour they get grounded so that they can’t go out and play. We also then take away their tablets and phones for the duration of the grounding.


The threat of this is usually pretty effective in minimising bad behaviour. In all honesty though and without any rose-tinted glasses, they are on the whole very lovely boys.


I read the book with the boys to gauge their reactions and it was fun to do so as it isn’t often we read together anymore. Only really when it is my youngest reading to me for homework.


They were laughing a lot and were in total agreement with Louis on the fact that his parents were completely out-of-order in making him go screen free. They loved the YouTube references in the book, as they would both love to be YouTube stars if only their mean Mum would let them.


There are some groan worthy jokes all the way through, which really suited the boys’ sense of humour. I suspect I may be hearing them for a while, which is the only teeny downside.


The book is aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 11 and I think that is pretty accurate for who it would suit. My boys are 10 and 12 and both really enjoyed it. It is really easy to read with mostly simple vocabulary, so I am sure a 7-year-old could easily read it solo.


I can see this book being a great stocking filler later this year for those awkward to buy for Tweens. The colourful and well illustrated front cover is bound to wow them before they even start reading. We definitely recommend it.


If you would like to with copies of all three books in the series so far, then please do enter via the rafflecopter below. If you would just like to buy a copy of the new book yourself, then you can buy it from Amazon. Who knows, the books may mean you can drag your own children away from their screens and encourage them to #GoGadgetFree .


My usual competition terms and conditions can be found here¬† A Cornish Mum’s Competition Terms and Conditions.


Good Luck!


Stevie x

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We were sent a copy of this book for the purpose of this post, but as always all opinions are honest and my own or those of the Tweens.
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  1. Margaret Clarkson
    15 August 2016 / 9:41 am

    Reading, gardening and cookinng

  2. emma walters
    15 August 2016 / 10:35 am

    i have a veggie patch with my 2 boys which is great fun and gets everyone outside :)

  3. julie kenny
    15 August 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Reading , yoga , shopping and running – thanks for the chance to win x

  4. Hayley F
    15 August 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Going in my craft room , gardening and baking x

  5. laura banks
    15 August 2016 / 8:57 pm

    i like baking

  6. Margaret Gallagher
    15 August 2016 / 11:20 pm

    Love reading baking and walking

  7. Jodie Harvey
    16 August 2016 / 10:29 am

    i love to read and do cross stitch :)

  8. Andrea A
    16 August 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Gardening, reading and jigsaw puzzles.

  9. paul smith
    16 August 2016 / 1:07 pm

    doing diy and training birds

  10. Sharon stanley (@Shandy2008)
    16 August 2016 / 7:57 pm

    I love walking in the woods nearby, getting myself to a point of being lost and finding my way out. Sad I know, but fun with the kids except when we get caught in a muddy bog like last time …whoops

  11. Angela Boucher
    16 August 2016 / 10:23 pm

    I adore reading.

  12. Michelle Muirhead
    17 August 2016 / 1:32 am

    I love doing water colour painting, paper crafts and reading

  13. Jo Carroll
    17 August 2016 / 1:42 pm

    I love walking the dog with my family and watching a really good movie. x

  14. jules eley
    18 August 2016 / 3:44 pm

    sitting in the sun reading I adore losing myself in a book :)

  15. helen tovell
    18 August 2016 / 10:15 pm

    Reading cooking walking and playing board games

  16. cheryl hadfield
    18 August 2016 / 11:54 pm

    I love baking

  17. Solange
    20 August 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Reading and baking

  18. Linda Ford
    21 August 2016 / 3:37 pm

    I love to read and visit museums with my husband and sons

  19. Julie Ward
    21 August 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Reading mags and doing their comps, also enjoy shopping when I have enough cash

  20. Donna Tomlin
    21 August 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Enjoy Line Dancing, knitting, crafts, scrap booking

  21. Leanne Lunn
    22 August 2016 / 8:42 am

    Walking in the woods so much to see with my girls.

  22. kat lucas
    22 August 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I love gardening

  23. Rebecca Mercer
    22 August 2016 / 8:16 pm

    reading and cooking

  24. Angela McDonald
    27 August 2016 / 4:05 pm

    I love to go walking and I also love to get lost in a good book!

  25. Corinne Peat
    27 August 2016 / 9:32 pm

    I love long walks exploring with the kids.

  26. Laura Pritchard
    28 August 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I love reading and geocaching (although some screen time there!!) and going for long walks.

  27. Michelle O'Neill
    28 August 2016 / 6:33 pm

    i love walking and watching movies x

  28. Ann marie Gould
    28 August 2016 / 11:00 pm

    getting the kids out for a nice walk, baking cakes and playing board games. thanks for the fab competition :)

  29. Ruth Harwood
    29 August 2016 / 7:57 am

    I really enjoy readingt books and going to bingo with my friends!

  30. Kim M
    29 August 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Love baking and tending my roses x

  31. janine atkin
    29 August 2016 / 5:31 pm

    reading. the tv is very rarely plugged in

  32. Rachel Butterworth
    30 August 2016 / 1:23 pm

    Reading, listening to music and crafting.

  33. Rich Tyler
    30 August 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Playing in garden with my little boy :)

  34. Kimberley Ryan
    31 August 2016 / 10:42 am

    Love gardening and going for walks with my children

  35. Victoria Prince
    1 September 2016 / 5:10 pm

    I love going for walks with the dogs and growing fruit and veg :)

  36. Emily Clark
    1 September 2016 / 5:20 pm

    I absolutely love reading (kids books at the moment as I’m starting a career in Primary schools!) I used to love drawing and doing crafty things as well, so I’d love to get back into that. I would happily spend time away from screens!

  37. Sarah Parkin
    1 September 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Reading, sewing, baking, DIY and gardening :)

  38. Jennifer Lunn
    2 September 2016 / 12:01 am

    I love to read books especially horror and suspense novels x

  39. Lindsey W
    2 September 2016 / 5:38 am

    I love riding horses and walking my little dog

  40. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    2 September 2016 / 7:57 am

    Baking, looking after animals and enjoying the fresh air!

  41. Pamela Gossage
    2 September 2016 / 10:17 am

    Reading / Knitting / Walking

  42. Tracy Gladman
    2 September 2016 / 11:42 am

    I like Sewing

  43. Suzanne Howell
    2 September 2016 / 11:47 am

    Baking, crochet, and reading are my favourites.

  44. Gemma Cook
    2 September 2016 / 12:28 pm

    I love reading and gardening.

  45. Kirsty Hosty
    2 September 2016 / 1:08 pm

    I love to do crafts, play with my daughter etc

    2 September 2016 / 3:24 pm

    I enjoy reading.

  47. Barbara Handley
    2 September 2016 / 4:20 pm

    I love watching my grandson play football.

  48. Angela Kelly
    2 September 2016 / 5:26 pm

    I love to read. I’m a school librarian so I’m fighting the good fight of books vs screens!

  49. Sheri Darby
    2 September 2016 / 5:46 pm

    I love going for long walks

  50. donna l jones
    2 September 2016 / 6:15 pm

    cooking and walking

  51. Adrian Bold
    2 September 2016 / 8:36 pm

    I love walking and hiking. We live near the Lake District so we’re spoiled for choice for trails to walk.

  52. Lisa Wilkinson
    2 September 2016 / 9:22 pm

    I love going hiking

  53. Kirsty Fox
    2 September 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Gardening and rock pooling on the beach

  54. Rachel Craig
    2 September 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Reading, colouring in etc.

  55. 2 September 2016 / 10:39 pm

    Either going for a walk or swimming with my daughter, oh and shopping lol

  56. Louise ryves
    3 September 2016 / 6:10 am

    Walking on the beach or gardening

  57. carol boffey
    3 September 2016 / 8:30 am

    i love cooking

  58. David Crabb
    3 September 2016 / 11:03 am

    We always make time for quality family time. This involves regular games nights, walks, movie nights, word games and of course the joy of reading :)

  59. Clare Munden
    3 September 2016 / 11:28 am

    Me and my eldest love to geocache

  60. A.E. ADKINS
    3 September 2016 / 11:33 am

    Brownies seem to consume anytime that I am not working or sleeping!

  61. jo liddement
    3 September 2016 / 12:36 pm

    I enjoy crafts especially knitting and making things for the house and revamping furnature and am learning to crochet which is proving hard to do!

  62. Lesley Styles
    3 September 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Reading – especially sitting in my garden in the sunshine!

  63. Hollie Newton
    3 September 2016 / 12:53 pm

    We like the library and picnics

  64. Marie cozens
    3 September 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Picnics rock

  65. Vicky Hawkins
    3 September 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Spending time with my children

  66. Anna brown
    3 September 2016 / 5:24 pm

    I love spending time with my family and friends, movies, music and reading.

  67. claire woods
    3 September 2016 / 8:12 pm

    I love reading books.

  68. Diana
    3 September 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Reading books, playing board games, jigsaws and just laying on the grass and watching the clouds :)

  69. AnnaH
    3 September 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Knitting and reading!

  70. Miss Tracy Hanson
    3 September 2016 / 11:17 pm

    Reading, listening to music (on my battered personal CD player which cost me about £4 years ago and is still going strong), horse riding when I can, volunteering at our local charity shop and walking the dog.

  71. Claire Matthews-Curtis
    4 September 2016 / 8:42 am

    I like to do a bit of crochet in my spare time. X

  72. Hayley Todd
    4 September 2016 / 10:58 am

    I love reading, colouring and crafting when I find the time between working full time and being a mummy to 2 gorgeous girls!

  73. Pam Francis Gregory
    4 September 2016 / 11:10 am

    A bracing walk over the nearby Clent Hills

  74. Lorne Bedford
    4 September 2016 / 4:00 pm

    Daytrips with Picnics,going swimming waterplay in the garden trampolining xx

  75. Alex Fowler
    4 September 2016 / 5:14 pm

    loving chilling out with a brew and a good book

  76. Karl Borowy
    4 September 2016 / 5:54 pm


  77. Carly Belsey
    4 September 2016 / 7:08 pm

    My favourite thing ever is to go to the beach which is just round the corner, we share a beach hut and I just love taking the children down there every day that we can in the summer. It doesn’t cost anything and they love it, plus they sleep better after a day at the beach! :-)

  78. laura stewart
    4 September 2016 / 7:09 pm

    doing diy x

  79. gaynor spanswick
    4 September 2016 / 8:59 pm

    I love reading and baking cakes ,even though I’m not very good at it I still like to have a go .

  80. Sam Parkes
    4 September 2016 / 10:32 pm

    Days out, reading and playing board games with my little girl

  81. Tee simpson
    4 September 2016 / 10:53 pm

    I love scetching and drawing

  82. paula cheadle
    4 September 2016 / 11:01 pm

    cooking, days out with my family and shopping

  83. Natalie Crossan
    4 September 2016 / 11:02 pm

    I love baking

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