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Mellor, mother of "two darling little angels," tells parents it's time take back their lives--and their right to have a few cocktails at a child's midday birthday party. With chapters such as "Bedtime: Is Five-Thirty Too Early?" and "Screaming: Is It Necessary?," the author lays out a plan for parents to enjoy themselves and not be slaves to their children while still offering their kids a warm, nurturing environment. Mellor's advice has a retro twang, and is always wry and often quite funny, standing in sharp contrast to the guidance normally found in books of its kind. The author urges readers to recruit children to pitch in with household chores ("Three years old is not too soon to start learning the fundamentals of decent vacuuming") and thinks excessively childproofing a home is ridiculous, since kids find a way to open complicated locks anyway ("You might as well festoon all your drawers and cabinets with brightly colored flags that say 'Hey, You! Kid! Fun and Danger in Here!'"). Mellor's guide will surely be a boon to parents in need of some "grown-up time." -Publishers Weekly
I can't say enough good things about this book. Ignore the martini stuff if you don't drink--it's about so much more than that.Published 4 months ago by Sondra Abel
I enjoyed the hilarity and witty sensibility in this book. The book being written in short story format made it possible to quickly read & enjoy while tending to 2 kids under five! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cole Herman
Before children became extensions of the parents the were second class citizens to be guided by the elders. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Veronica Garnett
Just reading the chapter titles will make you laugh out loud! I have given this book as a gift to many new parents. It is very funny but actually has some excellent advice too. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jessie Violet
I got this book free and I want my money back.
The author is trying to write a humorous advice book and fails at both. Read more