Familyhood

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For the longest time, based on no evidence other than our own insecurity and sense of incompetence, my wife and I were convinced that we were the flat-out, no-question-about-it, least-skilled parents in the country. Furthermore, we were convinced that every other set of parents we knew was perfect. They were more thorough in going over their kids' homework, they set better boundaries than we do, didn't let their kids watch as many hours of TV as we do, raised kids who are unfailingly polite in public and have a ...

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Overview

For the longest time, based on no evidence other than our own insecurity and sense of incompetence, my wife and I were convinced that we were the flat-out, no-question-about-it, least-skilled parents in the country. Furthermore, we were convinced that every other set of parents we knew was perfect. They were more thorough in going over their kids' homework, they set better boundaries than we do, didn't let their kids watch as many hours of TV as we do, raised kids who are unfailingly polite in public and have a far greater sense of community and public service than our underachieving offspring over there on the couch watching SpongeBob. We were certain everybody else's kids willingly and joyfully eat nothing but healthy foods, shunning all candy and candy-based products, they all sensibly and automatically put on weather-appropriate clothing, and voluntarily call their grandparents with clockwork regularity, giving fully detailed accounts of their numerous accomplishments, ending with testimonials to their wonderful and perfect parents.

Turns out: not so much. At all.

In the number one New York Times bestseller Couplehood, Paul Reiser wrote about the highs and lows of falling in love and getting married-and the heartbreak and hilarity that comes with it. In Babyhood, he turned his sharply observant eye to the experiences of having a brand-new family. And now in Familyhood, Reiser shares his observations on parenting, marriage, and mid-life with the wit, warmth, and humor that he's so well-known for.

From the first experience of sending his two boys off to summer camp-the early feelings of gleeful freedom in an empty house, to realizing how empty the house actually was-to maneuvering the minefield of bad words learned at school, this hilarious new book captures the spirit of familyhood, the logical next frontier for Reiser's trademark perspective on the universal truths of life, love, and relationships.

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Actor/comedian Paul Reiser has been on the film and television scene since the early eighties and, if things go right, he's on the cusp of a new career: The Paul Reiser Show: a comedy based on his real life experiences, is poised for a spot in an upcoming NBC season. Until then, Reiser can rest on his book laurels. His previous memoirs Couplehood and Babyhood have won enviable audiences and Familyhood, the next logical life progression, promises to keep readers beaming with its stories of parenting, partnering, and achieving mid-life tranquility. A nice gift for Mother's Day (May 8th) or Father's Day (June 19th).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455806430
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/3/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 703,708
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Reiser
As a seasoned actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, Paul Reiser has appeared in many films and television shows, including co-creating and starring in the critically acclaimed NBC series, Mad About You. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Couplehood, and the follow-up, Babyhood. His new show, The Paul Reiser Show, is set to air on NBC in 2011. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Family 1

Roll, Pitch, and Yaw 9

Like a Half Hour 21

Leave a Tender Moment Alone 29

The Car Door Ding 43

Congratulations 61

What Little I Know 69

It's Not Just You 85

Bad Words 95

Enough 101

Faith 111

Sitting 123

The Other Woman 131

The Grmile 139

Life and Death 151

Castle Walls 163

My Dog's Father 173

Take My Kid. Please. 185

Emotional Baggage Vs. Luggage 199

Loyalty 209

Currency 217

The Empty Nest 223

Acknowledgments 235

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2011

    <3 Paul Reiser books.. this one is no exception!!!

    If you liked couplehood.. babyhood... then you will LOVE Familyhood... love reading and laughing out loud as I lay on the beach :-)
    GET IT!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    There is a sense of closure reading this book. Mostly if you hav

    There is a sense of closure reading this book. Mostly if you have read his other ones: couplehood/babyhood.
     Now that I have read familyhood, I now know what it means to have a family and the importance of keeping
    that family alive and supportive. Paul Reiser wrote about the highs and lows of falling in love and getting
    married — and the heartbreak and hilarity that comes with it. In Babyhood, he turned his sharply observant
    eye to the experiences of having a brand-new family. And now in Familyhood, Reiser shares his
    observations on parenting, marriage, and mid-life with the wit, warmth, and humor that he’s so well-known for.
     From the first experience of sending his two boys off to summer camp — the early feelings of gleeful
    freedom in an empty house, to realizing how empty the house actually was — to maneuvering the
    minefield of bad words learned at school, this hilarious new book captures the spirit of familyhood,
     the logical next frontier for Reiser’s trademark perspective on the universal truths of life, love, and relationships.

    An amazing actor, he is also an amazing author. He literally gets right down to the nitty gritty of things that
    make you think what are YOU doing with your life? How is it? Are you making your quota? Are you helping
    out your family? When I was sitting there reading his book (so while reading his book, I went back and
    read his other books, just to be on top of things) I was actually revaluating my life! I was thinkng, where
    has my life gown too, what have I done personally to make my life a living example to my kids
    (if I ever have any)? He really makes you think about your own life and that what I love about him.
    His show MAD ABOUT YOU, made me think of my life as well. Good for you Paul Reiser!!

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