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Parents Behaving Badly

Gummer, Scott

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ISBN 10: 1611200555 / ISBN 13: 9781611200553
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Title: Parents Behaving Badly

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Book Condition:Good

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Parents Behaving Badly is an uproarious, surprising, and poignant satire of American suburbia and youth sports gone wild. Everyone that has ever been involved with youth sports can relate. Kids, coaches, friends, family - everyone knows 'that guy' or 'that mom. The setting is Little League, but the experiences and issues are universal. Layered beneath the book's laugh out loud action are provocative questions about the what ifs of our adolescence, the lost art of personal interaction in the age of texting and Twitter and Facebook, what constitutes infidelity, and blurring the line between fair play and bad sports. Parents Behaving Badly is a good, fun read that will make you laugh, make you think, and make for conversation in bleachers and on sidelines everywhere.

From the Author:

I vividly recall the moment I had the idea for this book: I was sitting in the bleachers watching a game at our neighborhood Little League park, and one of the players on our son's Majors team booted an easy ground ball--as a 12-year-old kid will sometimes do. As the other team scored a run I grumbled, "You've got to be f***ing kidding me" under my breath...or so I thought. A friend's kindergartener daughter sitting in front of me spun around pie-eyed--I was totally busted.

I was mortified. I have coached everything from boys T-ball to the high school varsity girls golf team that won back-to-back league championships, and I always maintained a positive perspective and balance as a coach. I vowed I would never become one of "those parents"...until the moment I realized I was one.

The silver lining is that in that moment I had an epiphany about the story of an earnest dad just trying to do right by the kids in spite of the shenanigans of overzealous parents and hyper-intense coaches who all too often suck the fun out of the game for the kids.

Bubbling beneath that storyline are subplots that examine the ways we connect with our parents, our children, and one another in a world made increasingly insular by technology, as well as differing perspectives of men and women on topics like fidelity.

To that, here's a provocative question: Did Ben cheat?

I would love to hear your take on that, as well as any other thoughts you care to share, and I invite you to e-mail me on scottgummer at gmail dot com.

And remember: it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, it's all about the kids.

Scott Gummer

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