Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

by Scott Benner
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Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad by Scott Benner

2013 Mom's Choice Awards® Winner

MEN: Ever wonder about stay-at-home dads? What in the name of testosterone do they DO all day with those kids? I mean, are they really men at all, or are they some strange, invasive alien species, sent to Earth to defy and destroy all gender stereotypes?

WOMEN: Ever dream about stay-at-home dads? Do they really wash clothes, pick up after themselves, take great care of your kids, and have dinner waiting for you when you get home? There must be horrible, secret downside that they don’t warn you about, right?

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal provides a rare glimpse into the natural habitat of this most mysterious and splendid of creatures, the North American Stay-at-Home Father (Paternus domesticus). Learn what motivates a man to pursue this noble occupation. Discover the countless joys and periodic sorrows that come with raising a family.

Witness the life and family of Scott Benner, author, activist, humorist, and 12-year stay-at-home dad. When Scott’s daughter, Arden, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of two, his world took a sharp turn, but his positive outlook on life did not waver.

Scott’s colloquial wisdom will warm your heart while it challenges your ideas about parenting and gender roles in today’s household. Written from a truly unique point of view in a style both poignant and playful, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal is an honest portrait of the modern family.

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ISBN-13: 9781938170157
Publisher: Spry Publishing LLC
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of reading "Life is Short" while on a plane this past weekend. I found myself laughing out loud, smiling at the warmth my heart was feeling, and choking back tears all while reading from cover to cover in one sitting. I am quite certain the gentleman next to me thought I was emotionally unstable :-) Your funny, touching, and candid way of sharing your story (and admiral views on life/family) are so entertaining...you nailed it Scott!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life is Short Laundry is Eternal had me by my dirty socks in the first chapter. I cried, I laughed and found myself wanting to get in my car and drive to my parents’ house to thank them. I am recently engaged and looking forward to starting my own life with my fiancé and of course having children together. Life is Short will be my handbook…especially on those challenging days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To say everyone can related to this book is an understatement. Scott does an awesome job at explaining the ups and downs of life with a sense of humor and honesty that is unmatched. Scott writes about the things we all think about on a daily basis, but probably don't say. Life is Short is great book that realistically explains parenthood, marriage, and giving your self selflessly to your family. As a recently laid off Mom who worked outside the home for the first 7 year of my son's life, I didn't appreciate all that a stay at home parent does until it happened to me, but I could never write my thoughts as eloquently and humorously as Scott did. He nailed it. I would recommend this book to any parent who needs a reality check that parenthood is the most exhausting and most rewarding time one can experience. The way Scott writes about his love for his kids and his wife is raw, unfiltered, and refreshing. Scott's writing is full of lessons about parenthood, marriage, and dealing with your past in a healthy way. I literally could not put the book down and laughed and cried my way through the entire book and was sad when I was finished. I can only hope Mr. Benner continues to write.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book from start to finish. Anyone with kids or planning to have kids should read this book, as it will put a lot of things into perspective for you. Obviously, this book is also a must-read for anyone in the diabetes community as well. The individual stories are well put together and the book has a tremendous flow to it. You will laugh, you may cry and you'll definitely take a hard look at some things after reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed all aspects of this book, it makes you laugh, want to cry and be happy all at the same time. It goes through parts of parenthood that we all go through but don't always want to talk about out loud. Come on, we have all dropped the baby, lol. He really hit his stride talking about his daughter Arden and her having type 1 diabetes. It was a pleasure to read about his perspective from a man's point of view, without him giving parenting advice.
DrFred More than 1 year ago
"In 66 years I have read many a book. Nothing I can remember has ever touched me more. I laughed then I cried and then I laughed again, out loud. Scott hits the essence of being a father, at least in my terms. My dad didn't leave voluntarily like Scott's did, but died at 49 when I was 21. But I felt the loss much like Scott did. And, hopefully, his loss made me a better father and grandfather, just like Scott (even though he is far from being a grandfather yet, but I know when the time is right, he will be a great one). His message of love for family is one that everyone needs to embrace. Keep writing Scott, and I will keep reading."
Mike_Mick More than 1 year ago
One of the best non fiction books i've ever read. It's funny, touching and heartwarming all at the same time. Reading it felt like listening to the author talk directly to you. He has a unique voice that I look forward to reading again!
ANaddelman More than 1 year ago
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Scott Benner's inaugural book, Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal. There are a lot of books out there claiming to have all the answers to parents' insecurities about how to best raise their children, and many of them come off as pedantic and sanctimonious, turning most readers immediately off. Benner's book does the exact opposite. From the first chapter, I was pulled into the book and couldn't put it down. As a pediatrician and a parent myself, I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun but poignant read-- Benner takes stay at home parenting, actually just parenting in general, to a whole new level. His anecdotes alternate between hilarious and touching, and the book's conclusion will leave you crying and wanting for more. Parents of kids with chronic illness will especially appreciate the anxieties and insecurities Benner reveals, and his advice for dealing with them truly comes from his heart. I can't recommend this book highly enough. You won't regret it. Adam Naddelman, MD President, Princeton Nassau Pediatrics, PA
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Life is Short, Laundry is Eterna is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic must-read for any parent. Scott Benner is surprisingly honest and blunt about the ups and downs of being a stay-at-home Dad/Parent. Its funny, heart-wrenching and most of all - inspiring. Great parents everywhere will want to be even better.
danpizzi More than 1 year ago
It is truly a special, and unique experience when an author bares his heart and soul for all to see. When this experience is also hilarious at the same time, you have Life is Short Laundry is Eternal by Scott Benner. This natural story-teller captivated my attention fom the start of this book, and made it so I could not put it down. This is not a cute story about a stay-at-home dad, but rather the path of a human being tackling themes of love, forgiveness, and self-sacrifice (while being thoroughly entertaining at the same time). The author bares his heart, and soul to all, and it is beautiful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read- humorous, inspiring & honest! Scott’s love for his children and his devotion to his family saturate every page. How refreshing to read an honest book about family life that celebrates the mundane and so beautifully captures what it means to be a family. Though Scott’s family may not be “traditional” in terms of breadwinner-dad or dual-income parents, their challenges and victories are universal. As the mother of three children with a life-threatening chronic condition, I found myself nodding (and occasionally crying) in agreement as I read Scott’s words. This book reminded me that I am not alone in the absurdly overwhelming & utterly exhausting task of keeping my kids alive another day. Life is Short Laundry is Eternal provided me a much needed reminder that humor, limitless love & devotion override the uncertainty, and occasional terror, that all parents face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a little biased. I have known Scott for over 20 years. I was amazed with his talent as a writer. I always know that he was a creative person, but never in a million years thought he would be a published author. There were stories in this book that I knew, and others that I didn’t. I enjoyed them more knowing what was going thru Scott’s head as they happened. I don’t think that I could have the dedication and determination that it takes to be a stay at home dad, and I work from home. This is a truly inspiring story,. Spend the money and buy his book, so he can get to write another, because there are more stories and adventures out there are even more entertaining. Maybe then he can afford to get someone else to do his laundry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read, like chatting with a close friend about life.
Jd220 More than 1 year ago
Unlike most parenting books this book relates to all ages rather then just one specific age. The book captures a funny perspective on life but also shows the reality many of us go through everyday. This book is a must read! I recommend this book to anyone and everyone! If your looking for a book with lots of laughs and a good story line then this is your book! I hope everyone can enjoy this book as much as I did!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great reminder not to take life for granted! Laughter and tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. I laughed and cried all the way through. Glad to see a male's perspective of raising children and housework. Way to go Scott!!!! Can't wait until your next book is published. Friend in AZ..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must start off by saying that this book will make you laugh out loud AND cry so be wary of where you read (if you care about such things. I don’t. Hence why everyone at the gym now thinks I’m a weirdo who cries and laughs while riding the stationary bike. Whatevs.). I was struck immediately by Scott’s honesty. He wasn’t scared to tackle any topic (sex, gender roles, how unprepared he felt for parenthood etc) and the love for his wife and his family was actually palpable. I loved Scott’s writing style. As I stated it was honest yet also educational and self deprecating. It was real. It was like having a conversation with a friend. For the first 75% of the book before diabetes enters the picture he talks about how we wooed his wife, how they got pregnant the first time, learning to be a parent and so on. But I loved reading about when he took Cole to Barack Obama’s inauguration or to the zoo to watch the lions feed. There was so much detail that not only could I picture it in my head, I could feel it my heart and it was almost as if those memories were my own due to their vividity. I was simply blown away by how amazingly talented of a writer he is. Then Arden was diagnosed with diabetes. That’s when I cried. I cried for the fear and despair that Scott felt. I cried for a life that will never be “normal” for Arden. I cried for my own diagnosis. But I cheered when Scott  got blunt about diabetes. Instead of getting technical with medical terminology and acronyms (which is more or less the day to day conversational speech when you have a chronic illness), he made a simple comparison. He discussed how the one thing keeping his child alive was also the one thing that could take her life if the proper calculations aren’t made. I won’t lie, I try not to associate my mortality with diabetes. More or less because in order to survive I can’t constantly be thinking about how I’m dying every minute and instead I need to focus on caring for myself to the best of my abilities. He found a way to say to the world that diabetes sucks. And it’s scary. But you do what you have to do and you keep on keepin’ on.  So, if I can say one thing to anyone reading this blog right now, it’s get out and read this book. And then pass it on. It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t have children or if you do or don’t have diabetes. Everyone can take something away from this book. What are you waiting for? Get reading! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right from the opening chapter I was hooked. It felt like we were sitting down together on the sofa chatting…..about our mutual dislike for laundry. And this was the tone for the rest of the book, like old friends chatting about life, work, family, values and history. I’m a big believer of parental leave. Not just maternity leave, but parental leave. I feel that it’s not just the mom’s job to raise the kids, or to stay at home, but it is a shared responsibility between both parents. How you’re family dynamic works for you, is your decision, but people need to know that there are other, non traditional options, out there. I feel this was portrayed beautifully here. Benner seems to downplay what he does, with anecdotes of how he came “close to breaking, losing or otherwise ending Cole’s life three times” but this makes him relatable. All the fear that he felt before his first child was the same fear that I felt before mine. Just like most parents, he is initially apprehensive as he learns the ropes, but appears to do everything with love and for the betterment of his family. Although I found it very easy to relate to the entire book, the chapters about Arden’s diagnosis with T1D were definitely the most emotional for me. It brought me back to our own diagnosis day and all the fear and uncertainty came flooding back. I’m hoping that in the years to come, my family is able to fit diabetes into our lives as seamlessly as it is described here. I’m sure it’s founded from a tremendous amount of work, but they make management look easy and natural, when diabetes is anything but. The emotion that Benner shows towards his wife is incredible, and every woman should be so lucky to have a partner that is so obviously head over heals in love with them. I love how he thanks his wife for giving him the opportunity to be there for his children, and acknowledges the work that she does outside the home. To me, his underlying messages are to learn from your mistakes, communicate, and just love your family. Don’t just walk away if the going gets tough, that “if you stay until the end, the good parts will far outweigh the bad ones”. I laughed, I cried and I nodded my head in agreement. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Life is Short Laundry is eternal, Confessions of a stay at home dad today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Benner is so witty that it really made for fun reading! I was able to relate to so much of what he said in the book. With summer coming, pick up ths book. You will not be disappointed!