Posted by: laughs4dads | January 20, 2010

Why I’m Doing this Blog…and Why You Might Like It

In 1987, a book of mine was published called Don’t Mind Him; He’s Pregnant. It was a humorous account of my wife’s pregnancy, written from my point of view (which was the point of view to which I had the easiest access).
The writing, and particularly the publishing, of Don’t Mind Him… was, as you might expect, very exciting (although not quite as thrilling as the event it chronicled). Every author, even, I imagine, Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, shares the unique experience of strolling into a book store and seeing his or her first volume on the shelf (and then, after making sure nobody is watching, rearranging the display so that book is more prominent).

Of course, I had my book framed and I started a scrap book containing my reviews (I received very nice write-ups in the Chicago Sun Times and Publisher’s Weekly), fan mail (two letters), and some articles I had published in Parents Magazine. I have a videotape of a talk show I did on CNN, and audio tapes of my appearances on radio shows in Pittsburgh, Spokane, Minneapolis and St. Louis (at ungodly hours of the morning when only my infant daughter–and anybody who was in aural range of her wails–was likely to be awake). These radio shows were done via telephone from my living room, and I’m not ashamed to admit that it’s a bit of a power trip to talk to an entire American city while sitting at home in your underwear.

It’s now 23 years later. Don’t Mind Him… has been out of print for a long time (search my name on Amazon and you can usually find a used copy for 1¢ plus $2.99 shipping). And my daughter, Casey, is a talented graduate of Rhode Island School of Design who is actually running this blog for me.
So…why do this after 2+ decades? I’d like to say I wrote this as an aid to millions of otherwise helpless young fathers out there who will benefit from my searing insights about parenthood.  Except that my insights are likely to be not at all searing, but closer to the temperature of water in an indoor pool.  In fact, let’s call them lukewarm insights.  This blog will be full of them.

There will be some helpful tips, too. Okay, maybe that depends on your definition of “helpful.” Also on your definition of “tip.” Let’s just say that I accept no legal responsibility for anything that happens as a result of you doing anything I may suggest.

The real purpose of this blog will be to impart a few laughs. When you read it, you will understand that the stupid things you do as a father are not really that stupid because all fathers do the same stupid things.  And you will feel comradery, because you will realize that all over this world, parents and children alike share a common trait.

They are all stupid.

I’m not excluding myself here.  I will not be at all shy about telling you about the dumb things I’ve done.  And I’m not saying we’re all stupid all the time.  Or even most of the time.

But certainly, you will grant me that we’re all stupid some of the time.
What’s that you say?  You disagree?  Okay then, I give you this.  A one-month old baby who, at most, is capable of rolling over, is in the middle of a floor, or in a crib.  You have to go to the bathroom.  I’ll bet you that, in at least one situation like this, you said something to the effect of, “Don’t go anywhere.  I’ll be right back.”

Can you deny it?  I didn’t think so.
Stupid, just like I said.

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  1. Mark I got you beat! I was home day 1 w my newborn son in march of 87 when he started crying so loudly that I got scared. I couldn’t make him stop so I finally called ou nanny who suggested I check his diaper! Yep! Just had no idea…and I was truly close to tossing him out of our 19th floor window onto second Ave!
    B


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