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So you thought you'd made it past the difficult part: the midnight feedings, the colic, the breast pumps, the endless diaper changings. Just when you thought you'd reached the blissful part of parenthood...here come the toddler/preschool years! Only Sandi Kahn Shelton could deliver such a dead-on, hilarious, true-ringing look at the walking, talking, crazy years. In...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 14th 2001 by St. Martin's Press
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the jacket copy describes the author as a "modern-day erma bombeck," & that pretty much sums it up. i was a big fan of erma bombeck when i was like 12 (i was a weird kid). this was like reading an erma for the 90s...because this book was published in 2001 & a lot of the references in it now seem painfully dated (do kids still watch "barney"? or "teletubbies"?). i also got the impression that by the time shelton got around to writing this book, her kids were much older, making the ...more
Aug 16, 2011 lee lee rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Parents who need a "laugh" (read: are CRAZY/PSYCHO)
I picked this up because I liked the title of the book and the cutesie/punny titles of the chapters, but it turns out that this woman thinks parenting is a lot siller, funnier, crazier, uncontrollable, etc. than I do. To me, this kind of parent (I won't get into the writing, which isn't the point of this book anyway) is the *worst* kind--the kind that thinks they're being a good parent by letting their children do whatever they want all the while KNOWING that this is not what it means to be a ...more
Laugh out loud funny! To the point that my spouse kicked me out of bed because I was laughing (and crying) too hard and it was keeping him up. I only wish I'd discovered this gem when my son was three. I feel like I would have kept it by my bedside for at least 2 years, if only so as not to feel so alone in the absurdity that is parenting these wee humans who are no longer toddlers but not yet 'civilized' by the school system (though Shelton also has some uproarious observations on what ...more
Hmm. This reminded me a lot of The Honest Toddler but dated (are preschool girls still playing that they're brides??? Or did we stamp that out of them by now? Please say we did.) and not as much fun. With The Honest Toddler it was very much hyperbole and I felt comfortable with that. Because yeah your life with your toddler can be bad, but you're reminded that it's not that bad and we should all have a good laugh about that. Also having the book from the toddler's perspective made that clear. ...more