I used to read parenting books like crazy, but discovered that the best solution is just to ignore the kids. Joking! I’m just joking. The best solution is to read a book and forget I have kids.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan has five kids. Five kids! His new book is a collection of essays (he acknowledges that his wife co-writes everything with him) that nails the joy, frustration and absurdity of modern parenting. Topics covered in Dad Is Fat include comparing babies to puppies, getting ready to go out, determining how much money the “Toothfairy” should pay, the insanity of children’s birthday parties, ridiculous children’s literature and sleep training, just to name a few.
Dad Is Fat is truly hilarious. I laughed out loud many times and I was listening to the audio book, so imagine me trying to suppress my giggles on the train. About 98% of the parenting situations Jim talks about my husband and I have lived and survived. We could be war buddies with Jim.
Although the essays are kept quite short and most of the stories are good, some of the jokes that weren’t based on real parenting experiences fell flat for me.
Jim Gaffigan is a very likeable comedian who prefers keeping his laughs clean and Dad Is Fat is a prime example of his kind of comedy. Jim’s acute observations about parenting and kids will make any parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, babysitter or anyone who deals with little people smile. It sends a comforting message: yes, the kids are making us all crazy, but its okay. At least we’re not alone.