Christie Mellor
Welcome to a judgment free vent zone. Christie Mellor is the author of The Three Martini Playdate and The Three Martini Family Vacation. She has received enthusiastic reviews from dozens of media outlets, including Newsweek, People, US Weekly and Playboy. Christie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her two boys and a couple of high-strung ducks. She likes her martinis extremely well chilled.

You Better Watch Out.

If you somehow restrained yourself from hanging your blinking Christmas lights and plastic Rudolphs before the Turkey was even stuffed, I applaud your self-control. Some people can’t quite manage it. Many, in fact, feel compelled to leave their holiday table, rush off to their local super-store and join a long line of people. Very cold people, standing in line on Thanksgiving night. So they can procure some must-have bargain crap. more

The Cult of Mommy.

I think there’s some kind of implied apology in the term “Working Mom.” Like, it’s not properly maternal of us to admit that we’re working women without mentioning that we’re also mommies. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t recall hearing much about the “Working Dad.” And yet, working moms seem to be an eternal topic of discussion and scrutiny.

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Seinfeld Working Mom Moment.

Every mother has had her bad mommy moments, but working moms have the exciting possibility of their bad mommy moments coinciding with their workday, providing a doubly embarrassing memory nugget that can be savored long after the awkwardness or shame has worn off. more

Keeping the World Safe from Comedy.

I know, you all think that the life of the freelance working mom means going back to bed after the kids are sent off to school, drinking pots of coffee in our bunny-feet pajamas, and, possibly eating bagels at our computers while we wait for inspiration to strike. more

The Word That Dare Not Speak Its Name.

A mother acquaintance of mine complained in sort of a faux complainy voice, that she gave her sixteen-year-old son her credit card and he racked up enormous charges after going out with a group of friends. more

The Importance of Being Earnest.

As you enter your ninth month of pregnancy, take a rough survey of names at some local preschools. You may find, as we did, that there are often several children of the same name in each class, and not necessarily the names you might imagine. more

Christie Mellor Welcomes You To The Three Martini Complaint Department.

You may be one of those parents who run, white-faced and silently screaming, from Mommy-And-Me and similarly themed parental support groups. You might, like me, enjoy being a grown-up. You may have no compunction shooing away a doe-eyed youngster who has become annoying. You may have no wish to orbit around your own tiny sun. Perhaps, like me, you refuse to play "Children's Music" in the car as you run your errands, thinking it a fine time to introduce your youngsters to Bach, The Kinks, or progressive talk radio.

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