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Sugar Milk: What One Dad Drinks When He Can't Afford Vodka [Paperback]

Ron Mattocks
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February 22, 2010
By all appearances, Ron Mattocks was leading a successful life. As he drove a fast car to and from his downtown loft and his executive job, he considered himself a good father, even transferring across the country to live closer to his three sons after his divorce. But after an unexpected economic downturn, Ron suddenly began to question everything he knew about success and fatherhood.

After surviving the ups and downs of Internet dating, Ron shares how he remarried, inherited two stepdaughters, and then lost his job, subsequently becoming a stay-at-home dad. In this hilarious and touching account of his daily battles against subversive Care Bears, fire-belching demons, the pancake mafia, and his own masculinity-all while struggling to reunite with his children-Ron provides a glimpse into how he took lemons and created not only lemonade, but a lifetime of memories with his family.

From his highest highs to his lowest lows, Ron Mattocks shares the compelling story of how, without a parenting manual in sight, he learned to fumble his way through fatherhood with modesty, courage, and a whole lot of humor.


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About the Author

Ron Mattocks is a father of five who, after stints in the Army and corporate America, became a stay-at-home dad. He has a degree in English Literature from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and has been published in several magazines as well as on-line. He and his wife reside in Houston, Texas.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (February 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450204031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450204033
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,160,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read March 23, 2010
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Ron's book "Sugar Milk- what one dad drinks when he can't afford vodka" is a humorous look at his journey from corporate America, where he worked as an executive in "residential home building industry" to a stay at home dad to his two step daughters. The housing bubble burst and he found himself in a world of uncertainty and Care Bears (and I am sure the Care Bears were the terrifying bit). Many men have been felled by such overwhelming odds but he battled on with humor and grace (mostly humor).

I really can't say enough about this book. I tore through it cover to cover devouring each word. It is funny, thought provoking, heart wrenching and heart felt. What more could I ask for in a memoir penned by one of my favorite bloggers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! March 29, 2010
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I just finished reading Sugar Milk by Ron Mattocks and as cliche as it sounds, I couldn't put it down! I found this book endearing, charming and at times just plain hilarious. Ron gives the reader a very candid account of his transition from corporate big shot to stay at home dad. He uses humor mixed with sacrcasm to poke fun at himself as he illustrates just how complicated this can be. There are obstacles to tackle on a daily basis and situations that he finds himself in that are nothing short of awkward, hence a rather embarrassing one involing his adorable little step daughter and her teeny tiny bladder! This book shares some great lessons in parenting and just life in general. Go grab yourself a tall glass of "sugar milk" and pair it with this book and you won't be sorry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Milk is laugh out loud funny March 14, 2010
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Ron Mattocks is a real Dad taking on real life issues. Whether it is long-distant parenting his own boys or up close and personal parenting his step-daughters; Ron finds a way to make almost any situation hilarious. From his first meal with his step-daughters-to-be to Saturday morning pancakes Ron makes is all look so easy and simple. Ron figures out parenting daughters is much different than parenting boys; I will never look at the Care Bears in the same light, ever again. I have a feeling we will be hearing more from Ron Mattocks.

btw
Ron: love your glasses and want your recipe for Saturday morning pancakes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Milk--a real dad dealing with real life March 12, 2010
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Sugar Milk by Ron Mattocks was an easy read because it never wasted time wallowing in self-pity or preaching to the choir. Ron seems to have actually adjusted to his new position in life and isn't looking for a pat on the back. With so many dads out of work, separated from their kids or trying to blend with someone else's kids, this book is entirely relevant, while maintaining a sense of humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Blend - Humorous and Touching March 23, 2010
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Hilarious stories interspersed into the serious, insightful story of a caring father struggling to accept a new role as stay at home dad. Ron uses incredibly vivid descriptions (with sarcastic embellishment for sure) which will have you laughing out loud. Definitely a pleasure to read and one you'll recommend to everyone you know.
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More About the Author

Ron Mattocks is a freelance writer and a father of five. Prior to this, Mr. Mattocks served as an Infantry Captain in the United States Army and Texas National Guard, after which he transitioned to corporate America, working for a two leading national homebuilders from 2001 to 2007. During his time in the residential real estate industry, Mr. Mattocks' titles included President of Operations (Houston), Vice President of Purchasing (Houston), and Vice President of Sales (Chicago).

Following his departure from the corporate world in 2007, Mr. Mattocks turned to writing while also joining millions of other men in becoming a stay-at-home dad to his two stepdaughters. Over this same period, he started Clark Kent's Lunchbox, now ranked as one of the Top 20 Daddy Blogs (PostRank.com) as well as being listed among AllTop's leading sites in its niche. Currently, Mr. Mattocks is a leading contender for a Blogger's Choice Award in the categories of Hottest Daddy Blogger, Best Humor Blog and Best Parenting Blog of 2010.

In March 2010, Mr. Mattocks released his book, Sugar Milk: What One Dad Drinks When He Can't Afford Vodka, which is based on a number of his earlier blog posts that chronicled his progression from traditional working man to stay-at-home father. The book earned mentions in Reuters New, The Globe and Mail and The Bund-Pic even before its release.

Mr. Mattocks is a regular contributor to Houston Family Magazine and his freelance work can be found in a number of publications to include Babble.com, Sloth Jockey, Prodigal Magazine, Errant Parent, and The Good Men Project. Mr. Mattocks has also had his writing featured on public radio, and his essay "Death Wish" was awarded a semifinalist nod by HumorPress.com.

Mr. Mattocks graduated in 1998 from St. Edwards University with a degree in English Literature, and he currently lives in with his family Houston, Texas.

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