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Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad Paperback – April 2, 2013
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Early in this book, Benner tells the sweet story of his adoption, and then the sad story of his father abandoning the family on the author’s thirteenth birthday. Those short, clear passages are, however, virtual islets of good writing in a puddle of cliché and syrupy platitudes. This thin book is mainly a chain of tiny, advice-giving chapters that sound like an audition for The View. Yes, stay-at-home dads are rare, but the concept of them is no longer novel. That relegates this book to the shrinking group of parents who are only now finding that men can play big roles in homemaking. In other words, this book is dated. Benner more than meets the exhausting challenge of raising a child with type 1 diabetes. But other than restating the nightly, darkest-hours task of monitoring his daughter’s blood sugar, he does not take us inside this situation or its affect on his family. Worse, the ordeal of childhood diabetes comes across as a tyranny over readers who dare to shy from a lecture on it. --Dane Carr
- Erin Shea, Library Journal
"Scott’s open and frank discussion about life, love and making the most of every memory is advice of value to all of us. This book should be read by everyone who loves to laugh and values their family. His unique perspective and wonderful humor made this book a pure pleasure to read and a book that must be shared with everyone in your lifeyoung or older."
- Barbara Wagstaff, Diabetes Advocacy
"Most memoirs are written in the rear-view mirror of events and relationships long past. Scott Benner’s first book, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad,” looks through the windshield at a family in progress."
- Gwen Shrift, phillyBurbs.com
It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. I’m just having so much fun reading [this] book.”
- Mike Hoskins, DiabetesMine (on Blogging Diabetes with Tony Rose)
"Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad is by far one of the best books that I have read in a long time."
- Chris Stocker, The Life of a Diabetic
"I'll spare the hyperbole and elaborate metaphors and simply say it was a joy to read and I would recommend it to anyone."
- Christopher Snider, Just Talking Podcast
You don’t have to have diabetes. You don’t have to be a parent. But I can guarantee you if you read this book you’re going to be laughing, and laughing out loud like I was heavy endorsement by me.”
- Tony Rose, Blogging Diabetes with Tony Rose
"As a pediatrician and a parent myself, I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun but poignant read. Benner takes stay at home parenting, actually just parenting in general, to a whole new level. His anecdotes alternate between hilarious and touching, and the book's conclusion will leave you crying and wanting for more."
- Adam Naddelman, MD, President, Princeton Nassau Pediatrics, P.A.
This was a funny look at both fatherhood and parenting and you have to love the author's approach and writing style! Humorous and witty, this book will leaving you laughing in many places and touched in others.”
- Christopher Lewis, Dad of Divas' Reviews
"Indeed, I can't think of many people I wouldn't recommend this book to. It's an honest, sweet, and fun look at parenting that is a love letter to all the mothers and fathers out there, not just the ones who are lucky enough--and brave enough--to stay at home. If you've ever been curious about what can make a man turn to this female-dominated profession, if you've ever wondered what awaits the life of a homemaker, or if you simply can't believe that such a thing as a good stay-at-home dad can exist, Benner's story will enlighten you to no end."
- Eric Magill, Open Salon, The Unapologetic Geek
"I honestly can’t say enough good things about his book...I literally could not put my advanced copy down once I began reading it."
- Laura Kolodjeski, Discuss Diabetes
"Scott's first book (being such a great writer, I sure hope it's only his first!) is so chock full of moments you cannot avoid but smile at, think through, and cry to, as he describes the innermost details of his life as a stay-at-home dad. He exhibits the courage to bare his soul every bit as much as he makes you crack up with his brilliant humor."
- Manny Hernandez, TuDiabetes
"If you are young, old, male, female, married, or thinking about someday getting married and maybe, someday, having children, I couldn’t recommend a better way to learn about the trouble and joy you’re getting yourself into!"
- Ginger Vieira, Diabetes Daily
"Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal is a fast-paced, witty, and ultimately poignant book that is hard to put down and easy to finish in a couple of days. Filled with great advice, it is a great introduction to at-home parenting suitable for any parent, and a familiar take on a life that more and more dads are leading."
- David Ozab, Fatherhood, Etc.
"[Benner's] award-winning book, Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal, is giving fellow stay-at-home dads, caregiving parents, and folks who just want to peek into what it’s like to be on constant dad duty” a chance to do just that."
- The DX
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As a recently laid off Mom who worked outside the home for the first 7 year of my son's life, I didn't appreciate all that a stay at home parent does until it happened to me, but I could never write my thoughts as eloquently and humorously as Scott did. He nailed it. I would recommend this book to any parent who needs a reality check that parenthood is the most exhausting and most rewarding time one can experience. The way Scott writes about his love for his kids and his wife is raw, unfiltered, and refreshing.
Scott's writing is full of lessons about parenthood, marriage, and dealing with your past in a healthy way. I literally could not put the book down and laughed and cried my way through the entire book and was sad when I was finished. I can only hope Mr. Benner continues to write.
Scott writes from his heart. He is truthful even when being honest must hurt his very soul. He shares how he wooed his beautiful wife - and if his commitment to never giving up isn't clear with that he moves on to raising children and concludes with how he and his family are winning with diabetes. His stories of his parents divorce, dating, married sex, little league, facing fears, and all the dang laundry will have you in fits of giggles, shedding tears and rejoicing in the love and strength of family.
Loved every second of it Scott - meant to book mark pages to give examples of the awesomeness of your writing but didn't want to stop reading long enough to underline. Bravo Scott.
No matter whether you are the stay-at-home parent or the working parent, you should read this book!
This is an uplifting read - filled with challenges overcome (or in the process of being) and loads of hope for the future.