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Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a…

by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

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You don't have to be a new mom, or even have the twinkle of a baby in your eye, to enjoy this book - trust me! I'm a hardcore fan of "For Crying Out Loud," the podcast Stefani Wilder-Taylor does with Lynette Carolla, Both women have radically changed my opinion of what a "mom" is (in the best way), but that is a ramble for another time. Both women are utterly hilarious, so once I realized Wilder-Taylor has written some books, I knew I had to get my hands on them. This book doesn't disappoint. It's incredibly funny while still actually giving good advice on how to cope after having a baby - most importantly, to raise your child as you see fit, not to fall into any fad like attachment parenting, etc etc. There are short little sections with checklists mocking how far your child should be, developmentally, and pick-up lines to use on other new moms who look sane enough to be your friend. Many parts of this book will have you laughing out loud. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
Read this book if you are sick from the overload of information about parenting methods, dos and donts, etc. Just don't take her advice seriously.

I think I appreciate this book more after going through all the motions of being a new mom myself, having experienced the ridiculous worrying over nothing and making a big deal out of tiny details. I enjoyed her criticizing the exaggeration of parenting in this new day and age.

An entertaining read, but didnt leave a lasting impression.
  deadgirl | Jul 31, 2014 |
I had high hopes for this books and didn't like it as much as I expected. I read it because it was recommeded by Jen Lancaster, whom I love. It was an entertaining read, but I dont find that I really identified with the character. ( )
  TBRetc | Jul 25, 2011 |
This book is a kind of anti-parenting guide. Instead of offering advice and suggestions on the many responsibilities of parenting, Wilder-Taylor takes many of the guidelines mentioned in the plethora of parenting books and picks them apart with her sarcastic humor. Her point is that the guides are a little extreme, and so are a lot of parents, while much of life does not progress like all the straightforward books would like you to believe. Some of her comments are extreme, but she certainly has a point.

Parenting guides are excellent to have, and I've read my fair share of them, to be sure, but everyone has to remember that applying them to reality requires adjustment to your own individual life. Extreme application is not a good idea. I have run across people that push their ideas too hard, so a lot of the stories in this book were funny, and I could definitely relate to them. Also, once you become a parent, you suddenly are interested in all stories about children, yours or others. The humor was crass, and that was fine at first, but it started to get old by the end. I didn't always agree with all her points; sometimes she was too extreme in her laissez faire attitude, although I think it was mostly a joke. All the chapters are small, bite-size lengths, and it's a light read. Not much to it, just a relaxing little diversion. ( )
  nmhale | Jan 28, 2009 |
This book hit me at just the right time. Two months into parenthood, I've skimmed so many parenting books, received so much advice, and watched my own ideals already fade away--and to hear someone else say so much of what I've been thinking with wit and humor has been a welcome retreat. Sure, it's a predictable sort of humor, and I wouldn't have picked up this book three months ago. But if you know anyone in the first 6 months of parenthood, they should give this a read. ( )
  caideey | Jan 26, 2009 |
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Friends, family, colleagues, the delivery guy--suddenly everybody is a trove of advice, much of it contradictory and confusing. With dire warnings of what will happen if baby is fed on demand and even direr warnings of what will happen if he isn't, not to mention hordes of militant "lactivists," cosleeping advocates, and books on what to worry about next, modern parenthood can seem like a minefield. In busy Mom-friendly short essays, Wilder-Taylor delivers the empathetic straight dirt on parenting, tackling everything from Mommy & Me classes to attachment parenting. She combines practical tips with humor and honesty, assuring women that they can be good mothers and responsibly make their own choices. This antidote to trendy parenting texts and scary case studies provides support, encouragement, and common-sense advice.--From publisher description.… (more)

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