Mellor, mother of""two darling little angels,"" tells parents it's time take back their lives--and their right to have a few cocktails at a child's midday birthday party. With chapters such as""Bedtime: Is Five-Thirty Too Early?"" and""Screaming: Is It Necessary?,"" the author lays out a plan for parents to enjoy themselves and not be slaves to their children while still offering their kids a warm, nurturing environment. Mellor's advice has a retro twang, and is always wry and often quite funny, standing in sharp contrast to the guidance normally found in books of its kind. The author urges readers to recruit children to pitch in with household chores (""Three years old is not too soon to start learning the fundamentals of decent vacuuming"") and thinks excessively childproofing a home is ridiculous, since kids find a way to open complicated locks anyway (""You might as well festoon all your drawers and cabinets with brightly colored flags that say 'Hey, You! Kid! Fun and Danger in Here!'""). Mellor's guide will surely be a boon to parents in need of some""grown-up time.""