The heart attack I suffered on my teenage daughter's birthday was a wake-up call. I remember every second. The sudden, intense pain in my chest. The world going dark around the edges as dread consumed me. Afterwards, I started feverishly drafting a book of wisdom for her, in case I didn't make it to her high school graduation. Guess what? I made the deadline! But what began as a manual for her grew into something even more valuable. The Odd Dad Guide begged to arrive and flowed as catharsis filling a void of unspoken need. Originally intended for my new adult, those of all ages who partook said the rules resonated with them as well. The stories and perspectives here will expose young people to complicated lessons. It is neither pretty nor easy for me to share some of these, but those of us who are more seasoned know that truth is both painful and freeing. In this rare moment, I have arrived at messaging a point of view completely, concisely, and precisely as desired. I wish someone had given this tome to me thirty years prior, but it did not exist. Now I offer it to you and your families with a hope that your new adult might live a life of authenticity and boldness that represents their true selves.