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The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting



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Parents were here first! How did the kids suddenly take control? Sure the world has changed from the days when children were supposed to be seen and not heard but things have gotten a little out of hand. What about some quality time for the grownups? Author Christie Mellor's hilarious, personal, refreshing, and actually quite useful advice delightfully rights the balance between parent and child. In dozens of short, wickedly funny chapters, she skewers today's parental absurdities and reminds us how to make child-rearing a kick. With recipes, helpful hints, and illustrations, this high-spirited book is the only book parents will really need and enjoy.

Author Biography

Christie Mellor is an actress, screenwriter, and parent of two darling angels. She lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction: In Praise of Grown-up Timep. 11
Saying No to Your Child: It's a Kick!p. 16
The Childproof House: How to Know If You've Gone Too Farp. 22
Bedtime: Is Five-thirty Too Early?p. 29
The Child at a Social Eventp. 32
Screaming: Is It Necessary?p. 39
Your Child's Life: Now Available on DVD!p. 42
Diaper Bag or Steamer Trunk?p. 46
When It Is Time to Leavep. 49
Children's Birthday Parties: Not Just for Children!p. 54
The Family at Tablep. 61
Child Labor: Not Just for the Third World!p. 68
Avoiding the Detritus of Childhoodp. 74
Preschool: The Fast Track to Harvardp. 78
The Three-Martini Playdatep. 82
Mommy, I Want a Puppy!p. 87
"Children's Music": Why?p. 94
Are We There Yet? On the Road with Max and Maddyp. 101
School Days, School Daysp. 108
Self-Esteem and Other Overrated Conceptsp. 113
Karate, Little League, and Ballet: Your Child's Eighty-Hour Work Weekp. 117
Steppin' Out with My Babyp. 121
Television: Is Six Hours a Day Too Much?p. 126
Your Cost-Effective Tomboyp. 130
Don't, Like, Waste My Timep. 133
The Amazing Hands-Off Daddyp. 136
Epilogue: Why Do We Have Children?p. 141
Helpful Hints!
Etiquette for First-Time Parentsp. 14
When You Are the Victim of Your Own Childp. 20
Practical Childproofingp. 28
On Getting out the Doorp. 53
On Having Your Cooking Appreciatedp. 66
Fiscal Planning and Your Tooth Fairyp. 72
For Your Listening Pleasurep. 98
Entertainment on the Roadp. 105
On Helping Your Youngster with School Projectsp. 112
Do-It-Yourself After-School Enrichment Programp. 120
Our Little Tot's First Martini Recipep. 37
Lemonade for Grown-upsp. 57
Weenie Fondue (For a Crowd)p. 58
Devilish Eggsp. 60
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