Steve Schirripa knew he was in trouble the moment he held his firstborn daughter in his arms. He realized that he was now in the role of a Big Daddy—someone who is strong, loyal, and always looking out for his kids’ best interest—even if it isn’t always the popular decision. Overprotective? Maybe. Willing to tone it down? Absolutely not. Behind Schirripa’s approach is the deep-seated, old-fashioned belief that fathers have a definite role to play in the lives of their children, to be, as he puts it, “Enormously Present.

While always leading with a laugh, Schirripa is not afraid to shed light on some of the egregious behavior he has encountered, from parents who let their children run wild to the mother so eager to be a pal to her daughter that they get tattooed together. And while he appreciates the fact that dads today are determined to be more involved and less distant than their own fathers were, he unapologetically maintains that the best tool is still the simple, straightforward declaration, “Do it because I said so.”

Schirripa is particularly incensed by the “new parenting rules”: the insistence on finding something positive to say about everything a child does, no matter how lame it is; the willingness to put up with back-talk and worse to prove you are a “cool” parent; and the convenient notion of “quality time.” Schirripa pays special attention to the challenges and delights of raising daughters, conceding that girls are likely to be interested in stuff a father doesn’t care about, to which he issues an inviolable rule, “Suck it up. Be there. Because you only get one shot at this.”
In Big Daddy’s Rules, Schirripa shares:

  • uproarious and personal stories of his over-the-top parenting style;
  • tips on teaching kids the value of money and work;
  • his admittedly strict approach to teenage sex, drugs, and drinking;
  • a funny, to-the-point analysis into the difference between moms and dads—at least as it plays out in his household;
  • and revealing anecdotes from friends like Anson Williams, Joe Piscopo, and more.

230 pages

Published by Simon and Schuster

copyright 2013