Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love

Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love

by Jennifer Margulis (Editor)


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Forty delightful essays on the day-to-day experience of parenting toddlers

These clever, succinct and poignant tales capture all the hilarity, magic and chaos of raising these complex little people. Poised between the baby's and the child's world, toddlers teach us to take joy in the roundness and the texture of a small yellow ball, in the comfort of a warm blanket, in the beauty of a spider web. They help us see the world differently with their wonderfully wacky-and occasionally surreal-interpretations of everyday objects. They exasperate us, defy us and devastate us, yet they fill us with a profound sense of awe.

Readers share in the joy a father feels when his daughter looks at him and exclaims "dada!" (and the disappointment that follows when she addresses her Sippy cup by the same name), in the struggle of a blind mother in keeping track of her very mobile two-year-old, in the frustration a mother-who is also a family doctor-feels when the potty-training advice she routinely gives to worried parents doesn't work with her four-year-old triplets, and in the hilarious resignation of a father who comes to realize that even his bathroom time is now a family event.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580050937
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 10/15/2003
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Everything Is Full of Dada3
Lessons from Snake Boy6
A Tale of Two Preschools12
The Dinner Hour19
Fly-fishing for Footwear23
Why Does Your Son Have a Phallus on His Head?36
The Tea Party44
Big Bird Is Just Big Bird48
Pretender to the Throne52
Willful Girl56
Willy Walks61
Slow to Warm64
When the Unthinkable Happens70
Our Drinking Problem78
Eagle Moon83
In Child Time87
Pantless Superheroes and Chocolate Donuts92
Snapshot Daddy97
The Fires of September102
Inchworm Turns Three106
Field Notes from the Playroom Floor113
Bedtime for Milo118
I Not Spill123
Floating Cups, Quicksand, and Sudden Death128
Saving Sophie134
Passing Clouds138
Eye to Eye143
Stinky Face146
Is It Day Now?154
After the Fall161
Under My Skin170
Deconstructing Little Boys174
Love Bites177
Sunday Bloody Sunday181
Queen of the World186
Playing with Potatoes193
Fix Me198
The Rules207
An American Toddler in Mexico213
Potty Prattle218
On Becoming a Brother223
The Box226
About the Contributors233
About the Editor246

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Toddler: Real-life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Jenners26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yet another compilation of essays by writers who are mothers, this one focuses specifically on the toddler time of a child's life. The subtitle pretty much says it all and was one of the reasons I purchased the book in the first place. The essays are usually pretty funny and recount some of the priceless moments that toddlers inflict on their parents. Whether you are heading into this phase, in this phase, or out of this phase, this is a fast, funny read about one of the most amusing and frustrating periods of motherhood!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Margulis has put together a superb collection of toddler stories. This is NOT a how-to book; it's real life stories that are inspirational, informative, and entertaining. It makes a great gift! In fact, I've given it to everyone I know who has (or is thinking of having) a toddler.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The stories in this collection are extremely well-written, thoughtful, hilarious, devastating, and above all else-honest. These are true tales of what it's REALLY like to be a parent. I found myself both laughing and crying as I read-sometimes within the same paragraph.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, a literature of Toddlers! Like teenagers, they teeter at the edge of blissful ignorance and knowledge of the world. That makes them full of insight and wonder -- a bridge to consciousness from which we all can learn. These stories keep the full dramatic promise offered by this new genre: they entertain and mystify, providing us all with the wisdom those lucky enough to be parents get from their children. {Full disclosure: I knew the editor-in-chief back when she was a Toddler)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must-read for parents and others whose eyes glaze over at standard toddler fare (e.g., how can Jimmy sleep better at night? how Suzie inspired me to be a better person). Edgy, witty, sarcastic, irreverent, and fun, the stories are like short episodes of great shows--just the good parts. I especially enjoyed Brett Paesel's view of her maternal insecurities and Priscilla McKinley's heartbreakingly uplifting portrait of blind motherhood. There's something for all readers here, but those who want a book that strays from the beaten path of parenting stories will be really satisfied.