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Mellor, mother of "two darling little angels," tells parents its time take back their livesand their right to have a few cocktails at a childs 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. Mellors 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!"). Mellors guide will surely be a boon to parents in need of some "grown-up time."
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Christie Mellor is an actress, screenwriter, and parent of two darling angels. She lives in Los Angeles.
Reading Christie Mellor's take on being a mom made me want to run out and have some kids of my own. She manages to be both hilarious and wise, and I now wish I drank so I could... Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by sarah777
The title is hilarious, but once you get past this, it's a second-rate [version] of a writing style perfected by Judith Martin in books like "Miss Manner's Guide to Raising Perfect... Read morePublished on April 17 2004
This book is right on! It's a humerous look at child-rearing. I am eight months pregnant and I work in education. Read morePublished on April 9 2004
Finally a no-nonsense book about raising children: Spare the snark, spoil the child. The author gives a hilarious discourse on such topics as school projects, manners, and... Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Douglas Lang