Father’s Day Giveaway: Two Books For the Funny Dad

BY ,  |  Friday, Jun 01, 2012 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

WINNER: Congratulations to Tim Lynch!

Just in time for Father’s Day, we have a copy of The Kid Dictionary: Hilarious Words to Describe the Indescribable Things Kids Do and You’re Not Doing it Right to give away to one lucky reader!

GARBOFLAGE (v.): To hide a piece of your child’s artwork under other trash in the waste basket so they don’t catch you throwing it away.

UPTITUDE (n.): The intense desire to be the one who presses the button in an elevator.

If you’re familiar with these words and definitions, then you must be a parent. Eric Ruhalter is. He’s a NJ dad of three, who describes himself as a “Lexiconnoisseur” which means – “A lover of words.” Actually “Lexiconnoisseur ” doesn’t mean “a lover of words.” In fact, it doesn’t mean anything. But Eric thinks it should. Which is exactly the point of his new book, The Kid Dictionary: Hilarious Words to Describe the Indescribable Things Kids Do. Eric says, “People who have children in their lives to any degree have a profound need for many words that are not currently found in the dictionary. I am introducing and defining these much-needed terms. Call it a renaissance, call it a revolution, or just call it a book.”

The Kid Dictionary is chock full of terms that parents are all too familiar with. Like “Sponge-bogged,” which is the inability to record a movie because the DVR’s full of kids shows and “Dis-Coolification,” which is a parent’s gradual transformation from being their kids’ hero to being their greatest embarrassment.

It’s a really funny book and would make a perfect gift for Father’s Day, which is coming up on June 17.

Another fantastic and funny book for dads is comedian Michael Ian Black’s You’re Not Doing it Right. At Barista Kids, we believe that laughter is the best method of maintaining parental sanity. Or any sanity, really.  And Michael Ian Black’s new book You’re Not Doing it Right will help dads to stay just a little more sane for just a little while longer. Black acknowledge that yes, Dads can be kind of ridiculous and inconsistent and immature, but Dads can also be pretty fantastic.  This husband and father’s memoir is full of both fervent love of family and raw, cringeworthy admissions of foibles that we can all recognize in ourselves.

Does You’re Not Doing it Right sound like something you – or a Dad you know – could handle?

To enter the giveaway for the chance to win both books, let us know about a time you (or a loved one) were “not doing it right.”  Have you used Clorox cleaning wipes to clean your hands? Perhaps you added dishwashing liquid to the dishwasher with (not so) hilarious results! Whether it has to do with parenting or marriage or just life in general, go on and publicize your mistakes.

The giveaway starts on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 12 pm EST.  One person who replies to this post by 11:59 pm EST on Monday, June 4, 2012 will be chosen at random to receive The Kid Dictionary by Eric Ruhalter AND Michael Ian Black’s You’re Not Doing it Right. Please post only once.

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Good luck!


  1. POSTED BY mackelvis  |  June 01, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    I have mistaken hair gel for face wash and Preparation H for toothpaste. In my defense, my daughter was going through her ‘night terror’ phase so I wasn’t getting much sleep.

  2. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  June 01, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Prep H for toothpaste? If this giveaway was based on answers and not random, you would be the clear winner. 😉

  3. POSTED BY Selma Avdicevic  |  June 01, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    My dad and my husband actually used the hand dish-washing liquid in the dishwasher. My mom and I had a girls’ night, so we left them in charge of the kids and the kitchen. When we came back, everything looked OK, except for a pile of white foam in our backyard. Apparently, when the foam started seeping from the dishwasher, they used a snow shovel and a broom to carry it outside.

  4. POSTED BY boonanas  |  June 01, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    I poured water all over Marky Ramone when I bent over to take a picture with him since he was sitting down and I had an open bottle of water.

  5. POSTED BY madamerkf  |  June 01, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

    How about when my father pit my daughters diapers on backwards and they leaked all over the couch!

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  6. POSTED BY Tim Lynch  |  June 02, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    My cousin’s told me about one of her newborn daughter’s first rides in the car (around 1979 or so). Seems my cousin hadn’t quite figured out how to latch everything in place; she braked suddenly for a red light, and her daughter’s car seat (with daughter strapped in) did a 180-degree rotation until she was upside down and backwards. Fortunately, I think my cousin took it a lot worse than her daughter (who is herself now a mom of three!).

  7. POSTED BY lucylou  |  June 03, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Dad washed the kids’ hands and faces with Lysol Disinfectant wipes! Now, they’re squeaky clean and sterile, to boot.

  8. POSTED BY klocascio  |  June 03, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    love Michael Ian Black and so does my dad. Would love to win it for him! Kid Dictionary sounds cute too!

  9. POSTED BY johar1  |  June 04, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    A couple of days before a trip to Toronto from Puerto Rico, our 10 month old got a really bad case of diarrhea. It was the first time he got sick and all the tests were driving us and the doctor crazy. The day before the trip, while basically deciding we were going to have to cancel, it dawned on me we had been giving him açai juice! Poor baby. It was giving me a bad stomach and I never stopped to realize it was too strong for him too 🙁

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