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.
Introduction: Naptime Really Is
the New Happy Hour
PART ONE: Your New and Improved but Strangely Less Exciting Life
Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Or Won't)
Halloween -- and Other Holidays You May End Up Hating Less Than You Thought
Supermom or Superliar?
Mind Your Mommy Manners
Playdates: and Other Potentially Irritating Ways to Spend an Afternoon
PART TWO: The Culture of Toddler
Television: It's Not Just for When You're In the Shower!
I Don't Like You -- I Don't Like You, Either
The Littlest Dictator: How I Deal with Tantrums and Screaming with Only a Minimum of Nonprescription Drugs
Baby Bling Bling
Movin' On Up to the Big Bed
Food: It's Not What's for Dinner
What's On Your Toddler's PalmPilot?
The Potty: Revisited
PART THREE: Who Are You?
A Little Help, Please
The Best-Laid Plans of SAHMs and WAHMs
Keeping Up Appearances
It's All About Date Night: and Other Urban Legends
The Newest Addition To Your Family: Stress
In Praise of Praise
Going for Broke -- or a Second Baby