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Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love Paperback – October 2, 2003
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by Andrea Buchanan
Author of _Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It_(Seal Press)
What's great about this book is that it's so REAL. There is no such thing as a perfect parent, and these stories reflect that, whether in terms of accidentally swearing in front of our little ones, doing things that inadvertently cause them injury (which we then, of course, feel guilty about for the rest of our lives), or even just the ridiculous things we do sometimes to get through the day.
And the best part? It's a book of short stories, which sometimes is, realistically speaking, the only kind of book parents can really read. Got five or ten minutes while your child is eating? Read a story! Child is briefly playing on their own? Pick up the book! This book can easily be read in fits and starts, fitting perfectly into the lifestyle of any parent of a toddler, while providing some much needed literary therapy. I would recommend this book to any parent, no matter the age of their child.
~You will not be allowed to move an inch outside of the toddler's orbit without then having to listen to and deal with the terrified wails of a child who sounds like their toenails are being peeled back.
~Forget about getting anything all the way done, and try not to get too frustrated by the piles of half-finished things everywhere. If it gets too bad you could always just push it into a heap in the middle of the living room and light a fire-use it to roast the toddler.
~Nobody wants to listen to your kid scream on the other end of the phone. Nobody. So forget about maintaining any long-distance friendships.
~If the toddler doesn't have a chance to run around like a possessed pony for at least three hours a day, you shouldn't be surprised by the way the living room looks when the kid finally lets go of the ceiling fan and goes to bed.
One thing has recently given me a wonderful hit of sanity, and a much-needed reminder that I'm not the only person with a toddler in her life who sometimes has to fight the urge to throw herself in front of a speeding bus: Toddler: Real-life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love, edited by Jennifer Margulis.
This book is full of open and frank essays about life with the little heads. The writing is wonderful, and reading it gave me a feeling of renewal and connection to my parenting, and reminded me that this part will have passed into something else before I even know it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a collection of short stories by people who have raised a toddler and have lived to tell about it. Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by Ashley Sanders
First off I want to say -- buy this book! It's perfect for busy Mom's in that it's filled with short essays each written by a different author. Read morePublished on July 14, 2007 by mom23boys
Nice little book, full of short stories on toddlers. Very entertaining coffee table reading.Published on November 2, 2006 by Newmexdex
I loved this book! I loved it because it is real, full of real stories about real people. Having kids, and especially having toddlers, is not all sunshine and roses all the time. Read morePublished on June 24, 2006 by Tertia Albertyn
This book does capture a fairly diverse view of parenting toddlers, and I am really enjoying seeing myself and my friends in the stories that are aimed specifically at this crazy... Read morePublished on June 13, 2006 by D. Carr
"Toddler" is an absolute necessity for every parent! This book is such a gem; it was so unfortunate that I did not have the chance to read it until my son was five! Read morePublished on October 11, 2005 by Lisa
One of the many things I enjoyed about this book was that it allowed me to get some insight into the minds of other parents. Read morePublished on September 29, 2005 by William J. Kowalski
This book is unbelievable. I'm reading a book by parents here, and there are a few normal stories at the begining, then all of the sudden there's this one about a dad getting... Read morePublished on August 16, 2005 by Catholic Dad
Fun and touching stories that any Mom can relate to. An easy and quick read that will make you smile and maybe even "mist" up. Read morePublished on June 24, 2005 by Kit Kat