Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down

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Motherhood -- it's not for wimps.Once the zigzagging hormones and endless, bleary-eyed exhaustion of the first year have worn off, you're left with the startling realization that your tiny, immobile bundle has become a rampaging toddler, complete with his or her very own, very forceful personality.Just as Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay helped debunk decades of parenting myths to offer honest advice for the first year, Naptime Is the New Happy Hour is a voice of reason for every woman facing questions such as: Will refined sugar make my toddler's head explode? Is it wrong to have a cocktail at two in the afternoon? And what exactly is a Backyardigan?With biting wit and boatloads of common sense, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor addresses all these concerns and more. Whether it's planning easy outings that are fun for both of you (fact: your child will find the local Target just as scintillating as the Guggenheim), dishing the dirt on preschool TV (those mothers who swear their kids don't watch television? Liars or psychos, every one), or perfecting the art of the play date, readers will find advice, anecdotes, and a reassuring sense of camaraderie to help them survive -- and even thrive -- during each hilarious, frustrating, and amazing moment.

Customer Reviews:

  • A Funny Respit From Mommyhood
    As a mom to twins I have very little time to curl up with a good book but I'm glad I did so with this book. Taylor is funny and real and a wonderful break from all the "how to" parenting books. With healthy jabs at status parenting, competative SAHM's and the uppity elite pre-school types. This book is geared toward moms who are hanging on by a thread most days and just want to be moms to happy, sugar eating, cartoon watching kids. Fun read, not too long and really kind of fluffy which if you are a sleep deprived mom to young'uns that will be appreciated....more info
  • Don't get me started!
    This book had tons of promise, but the author continuously takes every situation just a little too far. The voice of the narrator sounds too much like a washed up stand up comedian trying a little too hard, trying to boil every situation into a little zinger that more often than not falls flat. The quirky little mannerisms presumably inserted for comedic effect ("Can I get a whoop whoop? Hahaha!") truly made the book sad. I love mommy humor as much as this next person but I am sure there are better books out there. ...more info
  • Loved it!! I think I loved it even more than sippy cups.
    I think I liked this book every more than sippy cups! Makes me feel like I am not alone out there and personally I love sarcastic humor. Too bad I live on the east coast and can not immediately try to make myself Stephanie's BFF....more info
  • Couldn't finish it
    I was so excited to read this book, but I was really disappointed. I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never did. I felt like the author was trying way too hard to be funny and there were a lot of examples that I couldn't relate to as a mom. As an alternative, I found the book "I was a really good mom before I had kids" to be much more interesting and also included helpful tips....more info
  • Another lemon from an absolute mediocrity.
    The fact that publishing houses are now multinationals means that most new books are, in essence, washing powder: marketed to meet a particular demographic. And this "author" is responsible for some of the most perfectly packaged bilge in a very, very deep reservoir of bilge. Another depressing foray into her inadequacies as a mother, this book is to be avoided as studiously as her first....more info
  • Fun Book for Moms
    This was a great book, a quick read which is a must for busy moms, and had very humorous little stories and anecdotes. Makes you feel like you're not alone! ...more info
  • Funniest book for mom's EVER!!
    This book gives a perfect description of what "normal" moms are. As a mother of three, most days I don't start cleaning or getting dressed unless I have to leave the house or an hour before my husband gets home. The author gives us the OK to do that citing that she is just like us. I think moms worry too much about how their children will turn out if they make mistakes too often. I make them all day long and my kids are fine, as the author states about hers.

    The author tells her tales from finding a pre-school that doesn't involve a brief case and punchcard for kids to admitting that having sex once a month is normal after children. This book seemed to speak directly to me and my life. It made me feel like a better mother. Don't miss out on this one, ladies!...more info


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