There are a million parenting books out there, but surprisingly few contain the recipe for a good Manhattan cocktail. Luckily, author Christie Mellor's book, Three-Martini Family Vacation: A Field Guide to Intrepid Parenting remedies that appalling situation.
As Ms. Mellor, explains, traveling with children is challenging, but so is traveling with anybody that refuses to do exactly what you want them to do, exactly when you want them to do it. Hence, the need for a good cocktail.
You may recognize Christie Mellor as the author of The Three Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting, which tackled the vexing problem of the overparented child, and while there is a fair bit of overlap advice between the two books with regard to the overwhelming trend of helicopter parenting, her travel advice, while offered tongue-in-cheek, bears repeating:
• Stop overpacking! Lugging suitcases just leaves people sweaty and cranky, and a dashing layer of grime never hurt anybody.
• Children benefit from a little less enrichment, and a little more spontaneity.
• When Grandma comes to visit, ply her with liquor and get her playing cards. Everybody wins when Grandma is happy.
Sure, The Three Martini Family Vacation could be described as 'parenting under the influence', but at the same time, it is a refreshing change from the doom and gloom of most parenting resources. This isn't really a travel guide, but more a skewering of the professionalization of mommyhood, and the assumption that parents need to program, organize, and oversee every moment of their child's free time. If you are looking for help planning a trip to Disney, this isn't your book. But if your cocktail shaker is still damp from your last martini and you need a good dose of the snarky, Christie Mellor has you covered.