Don't Make Me Stop This Car! Adventures in Fatherhood

Don't Make Me Stop This Car! Adventures in Fatherhood

by Al Roker

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ISBN-13: 9780684868943
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 06/05/2001
Edition description: 1 FIRESIDE
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Al Roker began working at NBC in 1983. He is the author of the bestsellers Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue and Don't Make Me Stop This Car! He lives in New York City with his wife, ABC news correspondent Deborah Roberts, and their three children. You can reach Al Roker at his website www.alroker.com.

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An Excerpt from Don't Make Me Stop This Car!

The best reason for buying this book is that I think you'll be able to relate to it. I'm a dad, and if you're a father, we can share our dadhood.

And I have a mother, so if you're a mother, well, maybe you can get some insights as to why your husband is such a bonehead. See, my wife thinks I'm a Grade A bonehead.

Are you a single guy? Reading this book will either scare the bejeebers out of you and make you swear allegiance to your single lifestyle, or it will so enamor you of the kind of life we fathers lead that you will want to make a commitment to the woman you're seeing, get married, and raise a family. Pronto.

Maybe you're a teenager. Here's proof that your father isn't the only clueless geek out there. Or perhaps this book will make your own father look great by comparison.

So you see, there is something for everybody here. Did I mention it makes a fabulous Father's Day/Mother's Day/Christmas/Arbor Day gift?

Seriously, I think we all have something to learn as fathers. I think I've always wanted to be a father. It's what I was born to do. Being the oldest of six kids, I felt like a surrogate dad to my younger siblings. I enjoyed being the father figure. When you're the oldest, you get to perform many of the 'dad' functions without the responsibility.

Ordering your kid brother or sister around is a definite perk. Having them pick up after you, fetch you a cold soda from the fridge, or perform some menial task you didn't want to do was a real plus. In return, you, as the oldest, could impart much in the way of knowledge and insight. "I wouldn't do that if I were you; Mom will go crazy!" Or, "Go ahead, take the cookies, Mom is downstairs doing the laundry. She won't hear you." Advice like that is better than "Dear Abby" or "Hints from Heloise" any day of the week.

In the ensuing pages, you'll find out how I became a father twice. I consider myself a blessed man. Both of my kids are the best a father could hope for. Each is a beautiful, considerate, loving, and funny child. I am amazed at how much better my life is now that I'm a dad.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. I'm bragging about my kids. What parent doesn't? That's why Sony invented the camcorder. They knew that the main reason people would buy these things would be to videotape every move their children make. Technology marches on, creating new and better ways for proud daddies to bore every person who walks into their family room. For my father's generation, it was slides and grainy 8mm movies. For my generation, it's digital snapshots you can e-mail and Hi-8 video.

I guess that's why fatherhood looked so appealing to me. My dad was and continues to be the consummate father. A teacher, a friend, a buddy, and a disciplinarian, he always made time for each of his six children. I think I can honestly say there were no favorites when it came to his kids.

As I got older, I really came to appreciate exactly what he did for us. Why he worked back-to-back shifts as a bus driver. Why he worked odd jobs on the side. Some might say being out of the house was the only way he could get any peace and quiet. I know better. It was because he wanted the best for his children.

Maybe you want to be a dad. Hey, I know what that's like. I've been there. I enjoy being a dad, but it took a while before I was able to be one.

Eventually, I did. I had to travel a couple of different roads to get there, but it was worth the trip. The destination is two wonderful kids who mean the world to me.

I hope you enjoy what I've written and pick up something useful from it. If not, you could always use another book to make your bookcase look balanced. It has a wonderful cover, no?

Copyright (c) 2000 by Al Roker

Table of Contents

Introduction13
We're Pregnant!
The Odds19
The Test23
Who to Tell First25
The Official Word28
Telling Courtney31
The End34
Fun with Fertility38
The Baby Boys50
The Dreaded Question53
Feeling Bad? That's Good!56
Picture This60
Matters of the Heart63
Our Ever-Changing World66
Keep On Growing70
Baby Decor74
The Guessing Game77
Home Stretch80
Special Delivery86
Special Delivery, Part 297
Father's Day
Don't Make Me Stop This Car!117
Baby-Proofing122
I'm a Dad, Not a Baby-sitter127
Baby Germs133
A Whole Lot of Firsts136
We Are Family149
The Crying Game152
Sibling Sitting156
Off to Work161
The Way It Is163
"GapKids Addict"169
Ballpark Plumping173
So What's the Deal with These TV Ratings?175
Daddy-in-a-Box178
Toon Questions183
The Most Important of Rooms186
The Great Vehicle Debate190
How Quickly We Forget194
It's Hip to Be Square198
Where's Rod Serling When You Need Him?203
Golden Time209
Grandparents214
The Girlz222
A Sense of Loss225
Boys228
Recital Fever232
Performance Anxiety236
Nurturing Those Talents239
A Great Father's Day245
Happy Birthday247

What People are Saying About This

Joyce Brothers

Al Roker shows what a natural state parenting is with on-the-job training each and every day, with each and every child. He hits the touchstone of being a modern parent—the awe you feel as your child grows coupled with how quickly you become your own mom or dad! The scientific term is love. A funny, warm, truthful book that every parent can relate to.

Rosie O'Donnell

With a hail of insights and a gale of laughs, the breezy, warm side of Al Roker shines through on every page. This book has a high probability of being a bestseller, so unless you're in a dense fog, my advisory is: Storm to the register right now.

Whoopi Goldberg

The best thing about reading Al Roker's book is that deep in my soul I know it's all true. How many times I remember so much of what he's talking about. Read this; it's fun, real, and makes you want to shout, Don't Make Me Stop This Car!

Regis Philbin

Yes, I heard my father say this line many times. I was cared then, but Al Roker's book made this trip so much fun I want to read it again and again.

Matt Lauer

Every day, people outside the Today window tell me theat they want to wrap Al Roker up and take him home with them. Now they can! In these pages, Al shares his remarkable wit and insight into everything from parents and pregnancy to dating and driving with the kids. Finally, we have the chance to see what's happening in Al's neck of the woods!

Introduction

First of all, thanks for picking up this book. I feel like the flight attendant at the end of a trip from, say, Cleveland to New York. They give that spiel just before you disembark. "We know you have a choice when it comes to air travel, so thank you for choosing Air Cheapo."

I know when it comes to buying books, you have a choice. Lord knows, there's the latest John Grisham book on the shelf. Or bam! A cookbook by Emeril can satisfy your hunger. Suze Orman could make you richer, and Richard Carlson will keep you from sweating something. (When he works out, does he sweat?)

What's my point? My point is, I am glad you chose my book. Perhaps you're flipping through it right now, trying to decide whether to buy it. What will it take to get you to go ahead and reach for your wallet? A free forecast? My putting you on TV when you come down to visit me at the Today show?

Sorry, I can't promise those things. The good news is, there are two other morning shows with windows that you can get on if you don't make it to ours. Well, one other. I hear that Good Morning America is going off the air and ABC is putting on reruns of Sea Hunt to take its place.

The best reason for buying this book is that I think you'll be able to relate to it. I'm a dad, and if you're a father, we can share our dadhood.

And I have a mother, so if you're a mother, well, maybe you can get some insights as to why your husband is such a bonehead. See, my wife thinks I'm a Grade A bonehead.

Are you a single guy? Reading this book will either scare the bejeebers out of you and make you swear allegiance to your single lifestyle, or it will so enamor you of the kind of life we fathers lead that you will want to make a commitment to the woman you're seeing, get married, and raise a family. Pronto.

Maybe you're a teenager. Here's proof that your father isn't the only clueless geek out there. Or perhaps this book will make your own father look great by comparison.

So you see, there is something for everybody here. Did I mention it makes a fabulous Father's Day/Mother's Day/Christmas/Arbor Day gift?

Seriously, I think we all have something to learn as fathers. I think I've always wanted to be a father. It's what I was born to do. Being the oldest of six kids, I felt like a surrogate dad to my younger siblings. I enjoyed being the father figure. When you're the oldest, you get to perform many of the "dad" functions without the responsibility.

Ordering your kid brother or sister around is a definite perk. Having them pick up after you, fetch you a cold soda from the fridge, or perform some menial task you didn't want to do was a real plus. In return, you, as the oldest, could impart much in the way of knowledge and insight. "I wouldn't do that if I were you; Mom will go crazy!" Or, "Go ahead, take the cookies, Mom is downstairs doing the laundry. She won't hear you." Advice like that is better than "Dear Abby" or "Hints from Heloise" any day of the week.

In the ensuing pages, you'll find out how I became a father twice. I consider myself a blessed man. Both of my kids are the best a father could hope for. Each is a beautiful, considerate, loving, and funny child. I am amazed at how much better my life is now that I'm a dad.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. I'm bragging about my kids. What parent doesn't? That's why Sony invented the camcorder. They knew that the main reason people would buy these things would be to videotape every move their children make. Technology marches on, creating new and better ways for proud daddies to bore every person who walks into their family room. For my father's generation, it was slides and grainy 8mm movies. For my generation, it's digital snapshots you can e-mail and Hi-8 video.

I guess that's why fatherhood looked so appealing to me. My dad was and continues to be the consummate father. A teacher, a friend, a buddy, and a disciplinarian, he always made time for each of his six children. I think I can honestly say there were no favorites when it came to his kids.

As I got older, I really came to appreciate exactly what he did for us. Why he worked back-to-back shifts as a bus driver. Why he worked odd jobs on the side. Some might say being out of the house was the only way he could get any peace and quiet. I know better. It was because he wanted the best for his children.

Maybe you want to be a dad. Hey, I know what that's like. I've been there. I enjoy being a dad, but it took a while before I was able to be one.

Eventually, I did. I had to travel a couple of different roads to get there, but it was worth the trip. The destination is two wonderful kids who mean the world to me.

I hope you enjoy what I've written and pick up something useful from it. If not, you could always use another book to make your bookcase look balanced. It has a wonderful cover, no?

Copyright (c) 2000 by Al Roker

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Don't Make Me Stop This Car! Adventures in Fatherhood 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
al roker is 100% amazing i have one of his books i gave it to my mom on her b'day
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a world where celebrities are trying to hide their private lives from the public, Al Roker's book gets you up close and personal with his private life. Would I reccomend this book? In a word, YES!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS GREAT, MY SON WHO IS NOT A FATHER YET, WILL LIKE THESE STORIES. MY SON WENT THROUGH CHILD BIRTH ALRIGHT, WITH HIS PET CHIHUAHUA,LOL. CAN'T WAIT TIL HE HAVE TO GO THROUGH CHILD BIRTH WITH HIS FIRST BABY. HE SAID, THANKS AL FOR ALL THE BASIC WARNING HE MIGHT HAVE TO ENDURE TOO. OH MY! I'LL BE A GRANDMA !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like Al Roker on the Today show and was looking forward to reading a funny book by him. The first half of the book is horrible and not at all funny. The second half picks up slightly. I am sorry that I picked this book up!