AIRED: June 25, 2012– 11 am PST
TITLE: “Fun Without Dick and Jane”
SPECIAL GUEST: Christie Mellor
Is $200 an hour too much to spend for exam tutoring? Is moving to an apartment near my daughter’s campus a valid option? If I don’t send a care package, does it mean I don’t care? How can I get my son to stay in touch without resorting to begging?!
Christie Mellor, Allen and Dr. Melody delve into these questions which are at the forefront for every mother (father) as they face the moment they have been preparing for since pre-school enrollment: sending their little darling off to college. Luckily for them, Christine Mellor—bestselling author of The Three-Martini Playdate—has bestowed her trademark wit and wisdom with her new book, FUN WITHOUT DICK AND JANE: Your Guide to a Delightfully Empty Nest.
Filled with unapologetically funny, blunt, and ultimately sympathetic advice, FUN WITHOUT DICK AND JANE will ease fears and generate excitement about the whole new world that awaits post-college move in day.
Mellor understands that letting go is not an easy thing to do, however she believes that an empty nest can equal a newly fulfilled life. In FUN WITH DICK AND JANE, she provides wise council on how to:
• Deal with the house being too clean and too quiet
• Admit the things you may not miss about your little angel
• Rediscover your lost interests and find new goals
• Rekindle the romantic flame with your partner
• Step back out into social circles
• Say sayonara to “Mrs. Minivan”
• Run away from home
• Figure out what to do when the children come home to roost. Because they will, for holidays, breaks, and possibly for years after graduation.
Mellor makes sure nobody goes without advice—including the single parent, the child who has moved away, the child who is left at home, and the husband.
Even if parents spent some quality time considering what life will be like once the darlings have left, they should still expect a bit of an adjustment period when the child actually does fly the coop. But when that time comes, FUN WITHOUT DICK AND JANE encourages readers to be so thrilled about what they are doing with their own life that the thought of their children moving on to a next chapter will only be a source of joy, pride, and excitement about the great adventure that awaits.
Celebrate the jubilation. Be ready to honor the grief. And then move on—happily—to the next part of life.
ABOUT CHRISTIE MELLOR
While pursuing a happy life that includes an interesting husband, two almost-always pleasant children, and a neurotic duck, Christie became a vociferous cheerleader for the “other kind of parenthood,” the anti-perfection, you-deserve-a-life kind. Her first book, “The Three-Martini Playdate,” was a harbinger of a new trend for today’s beleaguered parents, helping them to withstand the unceasing and overbearing good advice and pressure to raise perfect, highly enriched offspring,. She continued the thread with “The Three-Martini Family Vacation.” Christie also likes to draw, and does so repeatedly throughout the pages of “Raised by Wolves: Clues to the Mysteries of Adulthood,” out in paperback in the spring of 2010, a book designed for the adult child whose parents did NOT read “The Three Martini Playdate.” Christie’s rants have been published in Britain in The Guardian, Junior Magazine, and the Sunday Express, and in Australia’s Sunday Life Magazine, and she’s been heard on Britain’s BBC radio and American Public Radio’s Marketplace, in addition to being reviewed and interviewed in Newsweek, Playboy, The New York Times, People, and other publications.
For more information about FUN WITHOUT DICK AND JANE or Christie Mellor, please contact Newman Communications.