MotherTalk Book Review: "Naptime is the new Happy Hour" by Stephanie Wilder-Taylor
I haven't done one of these MotherTalk book reviews for a while. I just haven't had the time recently to read anything for pleasure, all the books I choose are for the 'educational value'. If it isn't going to teach me something, I don't have time to read it. Terrible, I know! What happened to pleasure? Not quite sure. I think I penciled it in between 13:00 and 14:00. Co-incidentally when my toddlers have their naptime too!
I started off not liking this book too much, I felt like Stephanie was trying too hard to be funny and irreverent. But by the end of the book I really liked Stephanie and thought I could quite easily share a glass or two of Chardonnay with her.
"Picking up where her last book (Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay) left off, Wilder-Taylor takes the reader through life after that hazy first year into a land where parents wonder: “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?”
From errands and haircuts with toddlers to surviving playdates, Wilder-Taylor will have readers laughing hysterically and nodding empathetically through the second year and beyond."
I must admit I did chuckle to myself along the way and nod my head in recognition at a lot of the book. It is a light-hearted read that pokes a stick at the Perfect Parents (who are probably also part of the Parenting Police) and who quite often takes themselves far too seriously.
Going back to my intro, I'm not sure the book 'taught' me anything as such, but it was an entertaining read nonetheless. An unintentional 'for pleasure' book. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. Now if you'll excuse me, I think the Boeing just flew over*. Time for mommy's Chardonnay.
*Do you use that expression there? I think it is a South African thing actually. No idea where it comes from, but if we use it here to to determine what time of the day it is appropriate to start drinking. "Oh, I think the Boeing just flew over, time for a drink everyone".