Dadditude: How a Real Man Became a Real Dad

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A fresh take on the foibles, pratfalls, and occasional successes of fatherhood, Dadditude is a rollicking new twist on the “daddy book”: Lerman, an older dad, spins a yarn about his trek from producing one of the longest-running network television shows ever to tackling one of the longest-running jobs known to man: full-time parenthood. Going in, Lerman believes that moms are like God: Most of their important work is done in the first week, so, after that, they can rest on their laurels. Dads, on the other hand, ...

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Overview

A fresh take on the foibles, pratfalls, and occasional successes of fatherhood, Dadditude is a rollicking new twist on the “daddy book”: Lerman, an older dad, spins a yarn about his trek from producing one of the longest-running network television shows ever to tackling one of the longest-running jobs known to man: full-time parenthood. Going in, Lerman believes that moms are like God: Most of their important work is done in the first week, so, after that, they can rest on their laurels. Dads, on the other hand, he figures, are the Avis rent-a-cars of parenthood, always trying harder. But surprise: Even his many years of highly structured management experience have left him unprepared for the chaos that awaits. Ultimately, Lerman learns that good parenting isn’t about your gender and that controlling your child is, paradoxically, a matter of learning to let go. By turns poignant and hilarious, Dadditude shows that in the process of almost losing your mind, you can find your heart.

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Infodad.com
Lerman's amusing take... will give many other parents, of any age, a whole series of been-there moments.
Publishers Weekly

The strength of print and television reporter Lerman's funny and insightful look at full-time parenthood has almost nothing to do with being a "real" man and everything to do with being an older dad. At 44, Lerman hits his self-imposed age deadline for fatherhood and being able to attend a child's marriage "without the aid of a portable oxygen tent." His account of what older parents-to-be go through to get pregnant will be immediately familiar to any couple who has experienced what Lerman correctly calls "the promising, terrifying, and enormously embarrassing world of Baby Science"—including Clomid fertility treatments, sperm tests and in vitro fertilization—and it adds a sweet and thoughtful edge to the many adventures over four years after his son, Max, is born. While Lerman's Dave Barry–style humor doesn't always work, he is far more successful—and funny—recounting his struggles with lack of sleep, changing diapers and "full-fledged neurosis" about forgetting Max somewhere. More important, he captures the many ways fathers work hard at establishing their "own special relationship" with babies and toddlers, concluding with a beautiful definition of "Dadditude" as "being in the moment" and experiencing the "closeness beyond words and before words" that can be felt between parent and child. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738211008
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 998,138
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Lerman is the former co-executive producer of America’s Most Wanted and former national editor of USA Today. He lives with his wife, son, and stepdaughter in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Defending the Cavedad     1
The Vagina Dialogues     21
Waiting for the Miracle     51
To Dream, Perchance, of Sleep     73
There Goes My Baby     107
Neuroses Are Red     125
Finding Dadditude     169
Autumn, When the Leaves Turn Blue     205
Nothing But the FAQs     233
Permissions     245
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