A Santa Fe dad shares heartwarming, comic, often ludicrous tales of raising a family in this laugh-out-loud book perfect for anyone who enjoys the edgy humor of David Sedaris or the whimsical commentary of Dave Barry. Waxing both profound and profane on issues close to a father’s heart—from exploding diapers to toddler tantrums, from the horrors of dressing up as Frosty the Snowman to the moments that make a father proud—Robert Wilder brilliantly captures the joys and absurdities of being a parent today.With an artist wife and two kids—a daughter, Poppy, and a son, London—Robert Wilder considers himself as open-minded as the next man. Yet even he finds himself parentally challenged when his toddler son, London, careens around the house in the buff or asks the kind of outrageous, embarrassing questions only a kid can ask. A high school teacher who sometimes refers to himself jokingly as Mister Mom (when his wife, Lala, is busy in her studio), Wilder shares warmly funny stories on everything from sleep deprivation to why school-sponsored charities can turn otherwise sane adults into blithering and begging idiots.Whether trying to conjure up the perfect baby name (“Poppy” came to his wife’s mother in a dream) or hiring a Baby Whisperer to get some much-needed sleep, Wilder offers priceless life lessons on discipline, potty training, even phallic fiddling (courtesy of young London). He describes the perils of learning to live monodextrously (doing everything with one hand while carrying your child around with the other) and the joys of watching his daughter morph into a graceful, wise, unique little person right before his eyes.By turns tender, irreverent, and hysterically funny, Daddy Needs a Drink is a hilarious and poignant tribute to his family by a man who truly loves being a father.From the Hardcover edition.
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A collection of memoirs about parenting that sometimes made me laugh out loud. I especially liked the story about his trying to change his little girl in a Macaroni Grill restaurant, so much so that I had to show it to my husband, because it reminded me of a situation he had with our little daughter Aubrey. It's funny - before I was a parent, I wouldn't have thought much about picking this book up and reading it. In fact, I probably would not have appreciated the humor as much. But once you have a child, everything in your world changes, and it's nice to read stories from other parents that show you're not alone in this crazy, upside-down place. It's comforting to know that others are just as befuddled as you are.The other aspect of this book that I liked was Wilder's obvious love and adoration for his family. Even though he is writing about the crazy and strange and unsettling moments of familydom, it's clear that he will do just about anything for his wife and kids. Yet he isn't sappy about it. (Warning - he can be vulgar or risque, though.) A very genuine and heartfelt memoir about the absurdities of parenting. I highly recommend this as a nice escape for parents, and anyone who wants to know what the more hilarious side of parenting is like.more
I literally laughed out loud numerous times while reading this book. Any parent whose children have embarassed them or made them want to kick another adult's butt should read this book. So fun.more
This book is frustratingly dual personality. First, let's get the mechanics out of the way. As you would expect from an English teacher with an MFA, the book is well-written. It is, at times, a howlingly good time. Wilder finds moments all parents can recognize and then uses HGH (Humor Growth Hormone) to blow them to the extremes. There is a story of his father getting angry about Wilder not disciplining his son properly that rings true in the generation gap of parenting, with the grandfather ending up sticking his lower lip out and pouting on the couch.So why three stars? Wilder tries to pull off the Dave Barry/Paul Reiser/Bill Cosby schtick but just can't pull it off. There are too many offsetting moments where arrogance pokes its head through and the attitude of "I'm better than these people" is there. Combined with an anarchic book structure that doesn't readily follow either timeline or subject, it makes for moments of pure hilarity followed by the puzzlement of "Why is this here" to, "What a jerk." Normally all within 10 pages of each other.A good library check out.more
Not as voice-y as "Mack Daddy" by Larry Bleidner. More thoughtful and writerly, but still very guy-to-guy. The subtitle gives you a better picture of what you're going to get than the title. This isn't about booze. It's about a dad who loves his kids, is very involved in their lives, and wants to share what he's learned. Great gift for a new dad or dad-to-be.more
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