Oh Boy, You're Having a Girl: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters

Oh Boy, You're Having a Girl: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters

by Brian A Klems


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Rules for Raising Little Girls

"As the father of a daughter, I wish I'd read this very funny book sooner, if only to know that it's OK for a grown man to wear a tutu." - Dave Barry

"Required reading for any parent who doesn't know pants from leggings." - Dan Zevin, author of Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad

It's easy to imagine how you'd raise a boy—all the golf outings, lawnmower lessons, and Little League championships you'd attend—but playing dad to a little princess may take some education. In Oh Boy, You're Having a Girl, Brian, a father of three girls, shares his tactics for surviving this new and glittery world. From baby dolls and bedtime rituals to potty training and dance recitals, he leads you through all the trials and tribulations you'll face as you're raising your daughter. He'll also show you how to navigate your way through tough situations, like making sure that she doesn't start dating until she's fifty.

Complete with commandments for restroom trips and properly participating in a tea party, Oh Boy, You're Having a Girl will brace you for all those hours playing house—and psych you up for the awesomeness of raising a daughter who has you lovingly wrapped around her little finger.

"Somehow, Brian Klems has taken one of the most traumatic situations known to a father—having a daughter—and made it into something so completely hilarious you'll laugh until you've got oxygen deprivation!" - W. Bruce Cameron, author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440545450
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 04/18/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,177,500
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brian A. Klems is a writer, husband, softball player, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls. He's a proud graduate of the journalism school at Ohio University. He's also the online editor of Writer's Digest magazine. When he isn't explaining the differences between "who" and "whom" on his "The Writer's Dig" blog or mowing his lawn (two weeks later than he should have), he's likely playing "Ring Around the Rosy" with his daughters. You can visit his website at www.TheLifeofDad.com.

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Oh Boy, You're Having a Girl: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being the father of two little girls, it was nice to know, I'm not alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book for a friend and ended up reading it myself. Very, very funny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I don't have girls, this book prepared me for the possibility of one day having them. A very humorous writer, who shares in my dislike for pink and my love of the Cincinnati Reds! A quick & easy read, that is extremely enjoyable!
Laeljeanne More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: Brian Klems let me interview him for my blog (laelbraday.com), so I wanted to give an honest review of his book. I don't have children, so I don't normally read parenting books, not even humorous ones. Brian lays out thematic chapters on Disney, Dora, the color PINK, and so forth. Almost everything becomes somehow related to sports in convoluted, sometimes sexist, but generally humorous and inventive ways. There are silly quizzes, because why not? There are rules upon rules, because, well, apparently, girls. I expected gender stereotyping based on the title, but it seemed to be tongue in cheek, so not so bad for a dad. I was a bit dismayed at the routine references to protecting his baby girls from boys, as I felt it wasn't really sincere, but rather low-hanging comedic fruit. This book didn't resonate with me, because, as stated, I don't have children, and also because neither my sister or I were "girly-girls." We hated being called tomboys for choosing cars over dolls, horses over tea parties, and westerns over Disney. I do know that Brian Klems' daughters play various sports, so that must make him incredibly happy. Having said all that, this is a damn funny book. I found myself laughing out loud and sharing passages with my husband, who joined me in snort laughing. There were a few dad jokes, and even then, he acknowledged the dad jokiness of them, which struck me as funny as well. His descriptions of things that go wrong, including bodily function messes, and dialogues with daughters were written so well I could see it and hear it. I'm glad I met Brian Klems and asked him for an interview, because, as much as I appreciate his online writing, I wouldn't have read his book. My takeaway is that Brian Klems is a tongue-in-cheek master, who shares how much he loves his children and the ways that he shows that love. I'm also pretty sure Mr. Klems is the king of dad jokes. Readers who love kids, if they have their own, daughters or sons, or not, will appreciate this book. Though the humor originates with a bit of gender stereotyping, and Klems sometimes comes across as a big child himself, when he borders on serious, it’s clear where he stands, and often, he cannot help but state it outright, that girls are awesome. We know we are, Brian, thanks!
threesee More than 1 year ago
Hilarious and heartfelt.  A quick and hilarious read for dad, moms, aunts/uncles, grandparents or readers looking for a Dora the explorer drinking game.