Father·ish: adjective. When a man is trying his best.
Clint Edwards equates fatherhood to the time he did an important live TV interview from home: To the viewers, he looked put-together in a nice button-up shirt . . . but below the camera he wasn’t wearing any pants. And it may have looked like he was in a nice office, but he was in fact hidden in his bedroom closet because his whole house was too messy to show.
This highly relatable collection gets to the heart of parenting: all those unexpected fails, awkward conversations, and well-intentioned little white lies. Clint chronicles all these things and more with stories like “The Time My Son Realized I Was Santa,” “I’ve Never Been to Hell, but I Have Been to a Little Girl’s Birthday Party,” and “How to Get the Sex Talk Very, Very Wrong.” And with each story you’ll see over and over again that there really aren’t any rules when it comes to parenting, and all you can do is try your best.
Whether you’re a first-time parent unaware of what you’ve gotten yourself into yet, or a father of five, clinging to your last ounce of sanity, you’ll find relief in knowing that at end of the day, we’re all not wearing any pants.
About the Author
Clint Edwards is the author of I’m Sorry . . . Love, Your Husband and Silence is a Scary Sound and the creator of No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog. Clint’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, People, and more. He has also appeared on the TODAY show and Good Morning America. Clint, his wife, and their three kids live in Lebanon, Oregon.
“Have the tissues handy because the tears of laughter won’t stop. Father-ish is a hilarious, heartwarming must-read.”
—Rita Templeton, Deputy Editor at Scary Mommy
“Parents at all stages of kid-wrangling will appreciate the comic relief and honesty in Clint’s storytelling.”
—Annie Reneau, Associate Editor at Upworthy
“From performing the Heimlich on his dog, to doling out lies about Santa and Elf on the Shelf, Clint expertly navigates the headaches of parenting.”
—Stephanie Jankowski, author of Schooled
“I think [Clint] is hilarious!”
“A delightful, engaging and illustrative read, Clint’s essays in Fatherish are humorous, emotional, and relatable placing the reader in a scene with exceptional details and storytelling. Fatherish brilliantly captures the universal experiences dads (parents) can relate to, and as a bonus, the needed stress relief capturing modern life and parenting.”
—Dr. Claire Nicogossian, author of Mama, You Are Enough
"Father-ish is perfect for the dad who likes humor and memoirs with a dash of wisdom on the side."