Read this book after you read all the attachment parenting books.
I’m doing a little research for a book I may or may not every write about life after kids arrive. The 3 Martini Playdate by Christie Mellor (Chronicle Books) is hysterical and my favorite so far in this genre of books. One night I was reading it by flashlight in the same room my son was trying to fall asleep in. I had to set it down because I kept laughing out loud, thereby prolonging the process of falling asleep by the curious 7-year-old. “Mommy! What are you reading?”
I knew I was going to enjoy the book, when on the first page the author slammed the term “playdate.” I personally loathe the term. Here are a couple of other gems:
All those expensive childproofing locks that you think are securing your arsenal of nail clippers, screwdrivers, and kabob skewers are nothing more than high-powered magnets for children, who have usually figured out how to unlock all of the more complicated ones by the age of two or three 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!” (p.25)
Once you’re ready to go, it’s wisest not to ask permission of your progeny. Now would not be the time to say, “Honey, we want to leave in about five minutes, is that okay?” Your child might be having the worst time of his life, but given the opportunity of deciding the fate of the entire family, well, what choice do you think a four-year-old will make? (p. 49)
The demands of a small household in an urban environment may not be quite so great, but I say it is high time we realize that we have a wealth of energetic and affordable labor sitting in front of the television set snacking on overpriced novelty food. Let’s tap this underutilized national resource, for the sake of their characters, and because we can. (p. 68)
I would sum up the book as an encouragement to not lose your life in the minutiae of kid-world, since, eventually those darling kids you’ve doted over drop you like a hot potato at some point.
So, please share a quick funny story in the comments below for a chance to win this book. Your story could be a funny ah-ha moment of parenting or perhaps observing someone else’s wacky parenting. It could be the crazy ways a 7-pound person has brought you to your knees. If you’re the lucky winner and you’re local we can arrange a drop off. If you’re not local, I’ll mail it to you. Good luck!