Friday, January 25, 2008

Reading Dadditude: How A Real Man Became A Real Dad

Dadditude: How A Real Man Became A Real Dad
Phil Lerman
Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books
Hardcover, $19.95
245 pgs.

I have to admit, when I found out the author of Dadditude is the same Phil Lerman of America's Most Wanted fame, I was a little surprised. I just didn't know what to expect. What I found between the cover was real..and hilarious.

In Dadditude, Lerman lays it all bare from the Dad's point of view, all with raucously sharp humor and keen insight: the perils and pleasant surprises of being an older parent, the infectious nature of Disney, Dora and Barney-and the unexpected occurrence of....nipple pinching, among many other things.

It's very likely you'll find a laugh-or at least an amused chuckle-on nearly every page. I found myself busting out a laugh here and there, nodding in agreement: The Whys? Endless rounds of Nos? Oh, yes, been there, done that on the Mom's side of things.

It was great to see a book by a Dad so involved in his child's life. So often you see the Dad's point of view overlooked, not taken as seriously, or in some cases, just not there.

Lerman certainly doesn't take himself too seriously, as evidenced by the book; but takes the job of being a Dad honestly and with humor intact, a trait, admittedly, hard to hang onto when life can become ''.

Visit for more info on Phil and his book. See his guest post here. Cross-posted at MotherVerse Blog.

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