Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Big Daddy's Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review - Big Daddy's Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look

About the Book
Famous for his role on The Sopranos and currently starring on ABC Family’s mega-hit The Secret Life of an American Teenager, Steve Schirripa brings a welcome dose of old-school advice (and new-school humor) to the parenting wars in BIG DADDY’S RULES: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look (Touchstone Hardcover / Simon & Schuster; May 7, 2013; $25.00; ISBN: 978-1-4767-0634-4).

Overprotective? Maybe. Willing to tone it down? Absolutely not. While Schirripa appreciates the fact that dads today are determined to be more involved and less distant than their own fathers were, this is a call to action for dads to return to commonsense parenting and reclaim their role as protector and holder of values to be passed down.

Schirripa shares advice just in time for Father’s Day, June 16th!:

  • uproarious and personal stories of his over-the-top parenting style;
  • tips on teaching kids the value of money and work;
  • his admittedly strict approach to teenage sex, drugs, and drinking;
  • a funny, to-the-point analysis into the difference between moms and dads—at least as it plays out in his household;
  • and revealing anecdotes from friends like Anson Williams, Joe Piscopo, and more.

About the Authors
Steven R. Schirripa was a breakout star on The Sopranos. He is the New York Times bestselling author of A Goomba’s Guide to Life and currently stars on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Schirripa also hosts Investigation Discovery’s Nothing Personal, a series that showcases real-life stories of murder for hire. Schirripa lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.

Philip Lerman is the author of Dadditude: How a Real Man Became a Real Dad and the coauthor of several books, including No Mercy. Lerman is the former co-executive producer of America’s Most Wanted and former national editor of USA TODAY.

My Take on the Book
As a father of girls this was a very good book that has both it's humorous and tender moments within it. I can tell you, and this book accurately talks about it, having girls is something totally different than I would have expected or understood when I became a father, and it takes time to figure out what that means, but as the author relates in so many of his stories, it is well worth the effort! Speaking of stories, this book is full of them, and so many of them will leave you laughing, but others will leave an indelible mark in your consciousness as you think about your own parenting style and how you can incorporate the ideas presented here with your own girls. I can say that if I can take even some of the ideas that he presents, I will be in a much better place when my own daughters get into their teenage years.

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