Ken Swarner has a confession to make. "Parenting is a lot harder than I thought!" he admits. He should know - he's giving it his best shot. He's been a PTA president, Cub Scout leader, classroom volunteer, mentor, and homework warden.
In his book Whose Kids Are These Anyway? True Confessions of a Family Man , Ken Swarner sheds light on the state of the modern day family. "They're hectic! All across the globe, parents are carpooling kids from soccer to ballet, shopping for dinner through a take-out window, completing parent-child homework assignments, and battling a mountain of laundry. They don't tell you about this in Lamaze class!"
Despite the cookie cutter advice from psychologists, pediatricians and his mother, Ken has learned 'the truth' - parenting is just plain difficult. Period. There are no easy fixes - no miracles - no obedience classes offered for children. It's all about surviving the toils of daycare, childless co-workers and breast pumps only to be rewarded for this hard work by entering the teenage years! Isn't God hilarious?
So take stock in the fact that Ken Swarner's kids are obnoxious, loud and chew with their mouths open. Whose Kids Are These Anyway? is the common parent's coping strategy. A laugh-out-loud trip through Ken Swarner's life as he asks for paternity leave, builds a homework jail, and sells fundraisers to frustrated family and friends. It will have readers feeling better about their own situations in minutes!
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Q& A with the author
Q1: Why do you call this book a confession?
Answer: Because I thought having kids was all about having fun, snuggling, playing games, and sharing my wisdom. That’s grand parenting. Parenting is responsibility - trying to raise children who flush toilets and don’t chew with their mouths open. It's about teaching courtesy and why you shouldn1t hit your friend on the head with a lunchbox. It's A LOT harder than I expected.
Q2: So why write the book?
Answer: For a long time, my wife and I thought we were the only ones struggling with the job of raising children.
Answer: Because parents lie. Very few people, for whatever reason, will be honest with you that they have goofy kids too. They don't tell you that their kids are flunking math, or sleeping in their parent's bed, or still not potty trained even though they're four. So, I thought that by being honest about my life, others could feel better about their own.
Q4: Are your children happy about this book?
Answer: No. I expect to be sued for mentioning their Barney underwear.
Q5: What advice do you have for parents?
Answer: There is no advice so stop listening to those who try to dish it out. Just hang on and pray your kid gets a college scholarship - at a school where he can't live at home!
Q6: But if you were to give advice?
Answer: Nap more.
Q7: You built a homework jail?
Answer: Yes. But my son escaped!From the Inside Flap:
In the tradition of Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry, Ken Swarner lets readers into the world of parents and kids, the enormous differences between sons and daughters, and provides assorted tips on coping with bosses, angry spouses and uncooperative breast pumps (long story).
Whose Kids Are These Anyway! is a hirlarious look at parenting that will have moms and dads nodding in agreement and laughing out loud.
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Book Description Perigee Trade, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110399528814
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