This weeks book is…
Daddies do it Different by Alan Lawrence Sitomer.*
Going to be totally honest here.
I am not in love with this book.
It might as well be called “Daddies do it BETTER”.
I know, I know. That may sound super cynical; but to a mom who is trying hard to make these nine months as enjoyable as possible, it’s reality.
Dad has never seemed more perfect in their little eyes than when Mom is the constant bad guy, the steady voice of reason, the persistent party pooper, the forever no.
Anytime I have to tell them something they do not want to hear I get a “I wish Dad was here!” or “I miss Daddy!”
All that being said, you should totally click on the above link and purchase the book!
Clearly, I am really good at this whole affiliate links thing guys. I should go into sales.
Here’s some pictures of the inside of this totally great book that you should definitely read! Read that without any of the sarcasm please…
These two are pretty accurate depictions in our house. Big breakfast is an event that can only happen with Daddy, with Mommy it is just plain, old breakfast. And bath time is always more fun with Daddy than with Mommy.
I may not like it; but Daddy is definitely the “fun parent”.
This comparison made me chuckle; but I’m sure this isn’t accurate in every household! I have definitely loaded up the kids, started the truck, and put it into reverse only to put it in park, turn off the truck, and go running back into the house for something I had forgotten. It happens!
The book did show the more fun side of mom. However, it was always a more organized kind of fun. Which, I guess is fairly accurate.
It does end on a level playing field. Mom and Dad both kiss their littles goodnight and tell them they love them. I think, in this house, Daddy and Mommy may tuck them in differently; but we both love them all the same.
And that’s what counts, right?
I thought of doing a project where they draw bath time with Mom versus bath time with Dad. Or cooking with Mom versus cooking with Dad.
I thought about having a conversation where we talk about what things are different between Mom and Dad. Followed by the very few similarities between Mom and Dad.
This Mom just doesn’t want to count all the ways that Dad is better right now.
Instead, I had them simply draw a fun thing they do with Mommy AND a fun thing they do with Daddy.
It was actually cute to see what they drew! Or what they explained their drawing was… (this Mommy doesn’t speak Cuddle Bug’s hieroglyphics, sorry Bug)
Little Miss’s favorite thing to do with Daddy is cook big breakfast. Her favorite thing to do with Mommy is learn to ride her bike without training wheels.
Cuddle Bug’s favorite thing to do with Daddy is also cooking big breakfast (maybe the big circle thingy is a pancake?). His favorite thing to do with Mommy is play with his trains and airplanes and blocks.
It may just be the timing of reading this book. Perhaps, when I reread it in a couple of weeks, after a not so terrible day, I won’t find so much to criticize in it.
I’ll let you guys know.
Hopefully next week’s book is better!
Eight books down, eight weeks down!
Have you read this book? Thoughts?
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