It gives glimpses into the domestic and professional life of cartoonist and father Mike Dawson, as he navigates earning a living, finding creative inspiration, and raising children (together with his wife).
The book intersperses mundane everyday experiences, told in illustrated diary form, with comics where he tackles massive issues: climate change, the scale of history, the ethics of eating meat, gun violence, and modern feminism.
in short, the kind of event that predictably ends with fathers glaring menacingly at young suitors.
While the original rules were meant to be a (mostly) humorous platform for a moderately-successful series, the 2013 versions are taking a left turn on to the on ramp to Crazy Town.
In the fading twilight, the headlights of an approaching car reminded Bill to reach for the dashboard and turn on his lights.
He hoped the conversation he was about to initiate would help close that gap. ” he asked, struggling to disguise the wobble he felt in his voice. Bill gripped the steering wheel and shot a glance into her eyes. Bill and his wife had talked before with Julie about God’s standards about sex, but soon she would be dating and making moral choices on her own. They were just a block from home, so gently but firmly, Bill pressed the final question: “Well then, would you mind telling me how far you intend to go? ” He stopped the car a few feet short of the driveway and feigned a look into the mailbox. If he had waited for a month, he wouldn’t have been ready for what she said. In our family the focus has not been on dating, but more on training our teens in their character and in how to develop a relationship with the opposite sex.The shifts aren’t jarring because ultimately this is a collection about parenthood.Global issues like environmental change are made to feel personal, now that Dawson is responsible for two young lives.The ABC series, “8 Simple Rules (for Dating my Teenage Daughter),” was based on the book by W. The book (and TV series) offered a humorous look at how parents handle the world of teenage dating.[ABC] Ten years ago, Hollywood gave us “8 Simple Rules (for Dating My Teenaged Daughter),” a television sitcom based on a book by W. Most of these rules predictably promised certain peril to the boyfriend at the hands of the father should certain lines of propriety be crossed; things like casting lascivious glances at said daughter, showing up with one’s pants hanging down around one’s hips …He might be a well-adjusted young man full of the right things, but I was not at his age, and I know all the angles. Control the public displays of affection and in private too.I’m not proud of my years as a teenage boy, but as a parent I have a wealth of experience to draw upon. I know you’re going to kiss, but I sure don’t want to see it. Show my daughter the respect she deserves, and she’s been taught to treat you the same way. And no, you can’t go out of town together to see a concert. We spent all those years teaching and instilling values.So no, I can’t buy into any of these rules memos running around the Internet.Except for the one about using a staple gun on the pants hanging down. First out of the gate came an expanded “10 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter,” which was a spin off of the show, if you want to be generous, plagiarism if you’re feeling less so.This is an equal opportunity nation, so it didn’t take long for the rules’ little brothers to show up: “10 Simple Rules for Dating My Son,” written by a mom to the unsuspecting bimbo young lady who foolishly dares to date her son. Frozen dinners do not count.” I don’t know about the author’s Special Snowflake, but for my teenaged sons, if it’s presented as edible, I’m pretty sure it counts, as I’m not sure they stop to chew before heading for seconds. “I suffered through 42 hours of labor to have him, and will unleash an unimaginable amount of anger such that the movie ‘300’ will look like an episode of the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ should you cross me.”Me? Isn’t what’s important here, whether my son’s girlfriend crosses HIM? And what does this whole list say about the horror show of a future mother-in-law we’re looking at here?He smiled as he thought about all those after-school trips over the last few years: dance classes, piano practices, the unending cycle of softball games and tournaments.He glanced at her in the seat next to him and thought, .We’ve raised them to seek their identity in the things that matter and not in the superficial, so they are somewhat intimidating to young men. But sooner or later a boy of equal substance was going to show up, and now he has. They both have busy schedules, but if they aren’t learning or working, they are in our home.