Al Roker is the quintessential, all-American good guy -- best known as the weatherman on NBC's top-rated Today, watched by six million people every weekday morning. On Today, Al's daily encounters with visitors from across America have been a highlight of the show, as have his "Today's Dad" segments, which feature parenting tips for fathers.
Drawing on his experiences as the father of two girls, and his own childhood as the oldest of six, Al has written a collection of telling essays, DON'T MAKE ME STOP THIS CAR!. With his trademark humor and heartfelt emotion, Al talks honestly and insightfully about the mishaps, perils, hilarity, and profound pleasure that are all part of the everyday life of a parent.
The son of "The consummate father"- a bus driver who worked back-to-back shifts and odd jobs, yet always made time for each of his six children (three biological, three foster)-Al reflects on how the expectations and realities of fatherhood have changed over the generations. As a father, himself, Al has weathered divorce, adoption, blended families, fertility treatments, and the demands of a high-profile career. He now faces the challenge of being a father to both a toddler and a teenager, while striving to get respect for dads as equal parents, not mere "baby-sitters."
Among many current issues of interest to dads, as well as moms, grandparents, and anyone who cares about children, Al Roker can discuss:
- The inside track on baby-proofing, Gap Kids Addiction, minivans versus sport utility vehicles, Ricky Martin mania, and other obsessions of America's parents.
- The quandaries of child-car for two-career couples, single parents, and the special anxieties of older parents
- The tough road to fatherhood, with insights on miscarriage, fertility drugs and technology, foster care and adoption-and why it is worth the trip.
A hands-on dad, who knows the ins-and-outs of onesies and never misses a dance recital, Roker comes to the defense of fathers striving to be accepted as equal parents. "When a father is with his child, it's not baby-sitting, it's parenting. And he can do it just as well as Mom," Roker assures. "There are dads out there who wouldn't know the business end of a diaper even if it came with labels. But there re moms like that, too. That's no reason to tar the rest of us with the same dirty diaper."
At turns poignant, though-provoking, and laugh-out-loud funny, Don't Make Me Stop This Car! explores a variety of timely issues through the lens of Al Roker's life as a father.
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