Daddy Needs a Drink: An Irreverent Look at Parenting from a Dad Who Truly Loves His Kids-- Even When They're Driving Him Nuts (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Apr 25, 2006 - Humor - 273 pages
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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.


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User Review  - frozenplums - LibraryThing

This is a hilarious collection of narrative essays by a new father. Robert Wilder has such a great voice, and his blunt disclosure is wildly entertaining. Great for a quick read or a cover-to-cover read through! Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I get the idea: funny guy with a wife and kids recounts various vignettes and stories written in a comedic format, while sometimes imparting useful tips. I just found myself a little bored with the ... Read full review

Contents

Hoarding Names
1
Baby Oh Baby Monitor
19
One Handed
26
Driving and Rubbing
37
The Baby Whisperer
44
Pussy
52
Problem Pair
67
Jump in the P001
76
Mister Morn
119
For the Children
127
Little Latina of My Loins Crescit Eundo
157
Sam My Dad and Me
176
Blood on the Tracks
190
Supply Me
203
Creature Comfort
219
The Rising
239

Snowman
83
Flattery
97
Thunderbox
105
Things Are Heating Up
258
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About the author (2006)

Robert Wilder is a writer and teacher who lives with his wife and two children, Poppy and London, in New Mexico. He has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, and has a monthly column for the Santa Fe Reporter also called "Daddy Needs a Drink."


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