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Big Daddy's Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look [Hardcover]

Steve Schirripa , Philip Lerman

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May 7 2013
What happens when a world-famous tough guy takes on the toughest job of all— becoming a father?

Welcome to the world of the Big Daddy.

Steve Schirripa is known for his star turns on The Sopranos and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but in his own life he’s the father of two daughters of his own—and a self-confessed human volcano. In Big Daddy’s Rules, Schirripa tells all and brings a welcome dose of old-school advice (and new-school humor) to the parenting wars. “You’re not there to be a friend,” Schirripa says bluntly. “You’re there to be a dad.”

Schirripa serves up the heartwarming and hilarious stories of how he and his wife navigated the wild waters of parenthood: from the moment the tough guy’s heart melted when he held his first-born in his arms to what he felt (and did) the time he caught someone looking at his teenage daughter’s butt.

He lays out all the rules for being a Big Daddy— someone who is strong, devoted, and always looking out for his kids’ best interests, even when that means not being the coolest dad on the block. Overprotective? Maybe. Willing to tone it down? Absolutely not. Big Daddy’s Rules is filled with tales of his over-the-top yet heartfelt parenting style—confronting bad teachers, staring down boyfriends, and explaining just how crazy you’re allowed to get if you catch your kid drinking (hint: really, really crazy).

With a mixture of street-smart bravado and selfeffacing humor, Schirripa pulls no punches as he delivers his no-bull stance on what it takes to raise kids today. He’s uproariously funny, but Schirripa isn’t just cracking jokes here; this is also a call to action for dads to return to common-sense parenting and reclaim their role as protector and holder of values to be passed down.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (May 7 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476706344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476706344
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

“Steve Schirripa makes the Tiger Mom look like a pussycat.” (Katie Couric)

“If you read one hilarious book about parenting make it Schirripa’s – or he will come down on you like a ton of… don’t you walk away from me mister… get back… oh f**k it, just read the book.” (Jon Stewart)

“Steve Schirripa's book “Big Daddy’s Rules” is wonderful and might help lots of parents be brave enough to put their foot down. This book is funny and insightful and I loved it.” (Whoopie Goldberg)

“I read the book like we agreed, Steve. Have to admit it's funny, insightful and unique. Now keep your end of the bargain. Come over my house and yell at my kids. Please.” (Ray Romano)

“I’m not endorsing this great book by Steve Schirripa, about being the father of two daughters, because I was intimidated. Well, not completely. OK, mostly.” (Jim Gaffigan)

“There aren't many men who can be smart, tough, tender, witty and insightful all in perfect measure, and who can also write so well. That would define the inimitable Mr. Steve Schirripa!” (Richard Belzer)

“Listen, I know Steve. Steve is actually crazy. But his kids are nicer than almost any adult I know. So I thought, maybe it’s a good crazy. Then I read this book. No, he’s actually just crazy. But he figured out how to make crazy work for him and his kids. Which is more than I can say for the rest of us.” (Joe Rogan)

About the Author

Steve Schirripa was a breakout star on The Sopranos. He is the New York Times bestselling author of A Goomba’s Guide to Life and currently stars on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Schirripa also hosts Investigation Discovery’s Karma’s a Bitch! Schirripa lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.

Philip Lerman is the author of Dadditude: How a Real Man Became a Real Dad and the coauthor of several books, including No Mercy. Lerman is the former co-executive producer of America’s Most Wanted and former national editor of USA TODAY.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Daddy's Rules May 17 2013
By Sheri Newton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Big Daddy's Rules by Steve Schirripa is a funny and honest account of the author's life raising two girls. Known for his acting skills as being a tough guy, Steve Schirripa shows readers that he can give excellent advice to parents out there, too.

Big Daddy's Rules is written by an actor of one of my all-time favorite TV series - The Sopranos. I was really excited to read this book, because even though I don't have kids, I am at that age where a lot of other people my age have kids, and certain things that parents and kids do annoys the (insert curse word here) outta me, too.

First of all, I have to admit, Steve Schirripa is truly funny. I honestly didn't know he was this hilarious. He also writes very well. The entire book is easy and fun to read. I found myself laughing out loud and agreeing with a huge percentage of what he comments on.

This is a great book for all parents out there to read, and hopefully they'll learn a thing or two from it, so Steve Schirripa won't consider them one of those parents who need to be slapped. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Big Daddy's Rules, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book. June 10 2013
By Charlotte Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Known for being an actor, Steve Schirripa tells the story of his life as being a dad. His old school rules and advice and his humor make this a perfect self help book for any parent of girls, especially teenage girls. His definition of Big Daddy is someone who is strong, devoted, and always looking out for his girls even if it means he is not the cool dad.

This book is informational but so funny and enjoyable. I have a tween and a teenager, both girls. The stories Steve shares in his story hit home with me. The stories of his kids pushing for more freedom, of dating, and of fighting were almost exactly the story of my life. I got ideas on how to react and how to approach some issues. As a mom I saw a lot more of my husband in Steve's reactions then myself in his reactions and thoughts. They made me laugh and shake my head.

I absolutely loved this book. I laughed, I cried (when he left his daughter at college), and I read... and read...and read. I could not stop. Anyone, Mom or Dad, who has teenage girls will relate to Steve. This could be labeled as self-help or parenting, but it is so much more. I will certainly recommend this to my fellow parents.
4.0 out of 5 stars review March 9 2014
By Marlene Silva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought it for my husband. He has read a few chapters and likes it. So far he would recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I ever read Jan. 5 2014
By Danny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let me say....this book has made me laugh..cry...and also think an meditate on my life situations raising a daughter in the crazy world we live in...I highlighted a lot of good tips and situations along with notes yo help.me in becoming the best Big Daddy I can be...Thank you Mr. Schirripa for writing this book and letting me know I'm not the only guy put there that doesn't know it all..but I sure as hell try..
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Daddy Rules Dec 28 2013
By W from Kent WA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great ideas and nice stories but I could not finish the book because of the constant profanity that dominated the story.
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