So a couple of weeks ago, I had this thought that I should go borrow some organizational books at the library. You know, since I said I become more organized. I was hoping the books would tell me that half the bills and stuff I was filing I could throw out. Still hoping. But while I was at that, I decided I should pick up some parenting books too, since organizing and parenting go hand in hand. Or maybe I feel like perhaps I’m missing some easy parenting trick that everyone else knows about because they read the books.
And wouldn’t you know? The first book I picked up was tongue-in-cheek. God, I can’t even take parenting seriously.
The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting by Christie Mellor was pretty funny and gave a few good tips. Mellor encourages the readers to take on a more hands off approach to parenting which was popular in our grandmothers’ or perhaps our mothers’ time. Mellor has you agreeing over the joy of saying no to your child and the joy of early bedtimes for children. She has you laughing at yourself over things you’ve done that she is making fun of in her book. Like the first time we took Tornado E out to someone’s house. My God, we packed for an army.
The only complaint I have is that she broke out of her voice when talking about too much television. I thought she would play it tongue-in-cheek like she had the rest of the book, like when she suggested teaching children to make martinis. Instead she was matter-the-fact about how too many children watch too much TV and that it’s bad for children. Which I agree, but I was hoping she would make it funny when she talked about it.
So if you want a fun parenting read, this is the book for you.
And yes, I have two more books I can write reviews on. Is any one interested?