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Housebroken: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad [Paperback]

David Eddie
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Oct. 10 2000
Housebroken charts the evolution of one man from unregenerate cad to stay-at-home dad. And along the way David Eddie provides lots of useful tips for other men who have ended up treading the domestic path: basic but puzzling things like how to cook, how to stay faithful to your wife and how to bend your gender without losing your machismo. Above all, Housebroken is a story of the great adventures it is possible to have within a three-block radius of your house, from one of the frankest, freshest and wittiest voices to come along in years.

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Novelist and journalist Eddie (Chump Change) is living a dissolute bachelorhood of bohemian squalor and interchangeable "sexually forthright, non-rocket-scientific young women" when he finds the love of his life in the form of a family-minded woman. He was wary of the crimp domesticity might put in his literary aspirations, but when son Nicholas comes along, the avowedly unemployable writer decides that he was "born to be a househusband." He may stay home while his wife goes to work, but he's not entirely housebroken: he uses the corner bar and neighborhood lingerie shop as day-care centers, longs to join the glitterati, muses about divorce on a hellish family vacation, exists for long periods in a haze of boredom and sleep-deprivation and wears the indelible social stigma of the stay-at-home dad. But he derives an unsuspected degree of fulfillment in a house well-kept, a meal well-cooked and a child well-cared for, and finds that family life gives him "more sustained happiness than I ever expected to enjoy on this earth." These superbly crafted explorations of fatherhood are full of wry humor, keen observations, and hilarious, off-kilter riffs on such topics as the Teletubbies, the seduction techniques of the single man and the scientific literature of parenting. This indispensable guide to fatherhood in the post-feminist age proves that writing and child-care do indeed mix.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


"A refreshing, utterly hilarious and often moving portrait of parenting and masculinity at the dawn of a new millennium. In addition to the sharp humour, there is a tenderness and warmth--" -Quill & Quire

"One of those truly delightful literary gems: an amusing and witty book that leaves you chortling out loud until your spouse tells you to share it or shut up--. All this is served up in a clever, earthy style that's reminiscent of American humorist Bill Bryson." -Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"Housebroken is an etiquette for married men -- a life skills guide for guys who would never deliberately buy one--funny and never preachy, Eddie is an envoy from the galaxy of domesticity." -The Vancouver Sun

"If you, prospective father or mother, read only one 'Prepare Yourself for Parenthood' book, make it this one." - The National Post

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This book is absolutely hilarious! It is warm, funny, smart, and should be read by dads AND moms alike. Ladies, don't let the title sway you from picking this up.
David Eddie details his days as a bachelor wonderfully, complete with descriptions of his apartment such as putting food out on his "trunk/coffee table in his living/dining/bedroom/study area". He leaves this swinging lifestyle for Pam, "Ms.Right", and they purchase a home across from a mental health center. The irony of raising a child, (a job that can be mentally stressful at times as any parent knows), across from an actual mental health center was just too funny for me!
David Eddie and Pam married when she was 5 months pregnant with their son, and due to several lay offs for David and Pam's growing career, he ultimately becomes the stay-at-home parent to their little boy Nicholas. He talks about middle of the night wake ups, people making unsolicited comments on his parenting in public, and finding adventure in his neighborhood. He gives advice on methods of child rearing that have come to work for him, and commiserates on topics that any parent can appreciate, such as "Nap Time: Your Window to Sanity".
I love this book because it's a real life account of a 'househusband', but it's just as touching and funny for me as a woman and mother. I was touched and amused by a father's point of view on his child coming into the world; as he put it, "he felt anxiety and protectiveness toward him and hoped he would always be warm and dry in the world and find happiness". His stories about the birth experience, his relationship with Pam before and after baby, vacationing, all ring true and made me laugh out loud. It's great that he takes over what is usually considered a 'mother/female role', and keeps his masculinity in tact. He manages to be nuturing and 'just one of the guys' at the same time.
Kudos to David Eddie, personally AND professionally!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars REQUIRED READING FOR PARENTS June 26 2003
This very funny take on fatherhood by Mr. Eddy should have a place of honour on every new parent's bookshelf-right alongside whichever overly earnest new authority is the current guru on childrearing.Dead-on in its insights into parenting and family life,it's the perfect antidote to the notion that marriage and babies is the end to life as we know it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punk to Pa book a riot June 19 2003
Housebroken is a book about parenting for people who aren´¿t interested in books about parenting. Finally, a witty, playful AND philosophical take on the biggest decision of your life, by one of the funniest authors of our day.
Eddie´¿s new book is a fresh break from the slightly bitter, bleary eyed assessments of this ancient art: You don´¿t get any sleep? You don´¿t say! Instead of whining about scraping applesauce off the walls for 10 pages, Housebroken explores new ground with the kind of details you´¿ve always want to know, especially for lads: Is it possible to still be cool as a Dad? What happens to your mojo? Your sex life? What REALLY changes? What do you actually need to know to be a Dad?
It´¿s all here in Housebroken for the anxious Dad-to-be. Think About A Boy meets Bukowski and you´¿re getting warm. Eddie´¿s transition from Cad to Dad is the story for every man who is taking the leap or even just thinking about it. That mysterious gap between the single life and fatherhood is traversed with enough insight and original humor to give the nervous newcomer a very clear idea of what to expect.
Still, it´¿s not a dude book exclusively. For all those girls out there wondering about that tormented clown expression on your man´¿s face whenever the subject of children comes up ´¿ read this!
Whether you´¿re a parent in waiting, just flirting with the idea or sure you´¿re not going to breed, Housebroken is a hilarious and inspiring read, the first of it´¿s kind on the topic of domestic Dads.
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