When I told one of my older softball teammates so many years ago that I was getting married, he — a veteran of a couple of marriages at that point — offered me this piece of advice: Apologize.
“You’re always going to be wrong, no matter how right you may actually be,” he told me. “No matter how irrational she is being, no matter how crazy she’s acting, just say ‘I’m sorry’ and let it go. You are just never going to win.”
While I don’t follow that advice every time my wife (now of 20 years) and I have a disagreement, there have been many times I think my teammate was on to something.
Clint Edwards apparently thinks so, too.
The author of the dad blog No Idea What I’m Doing and staff writer for the Scary Mommy parenting site joins us on the latest Modern Dads Podcast to talk about his new book, I’m Sorry — Love, Your Husband.
The new book is a collection of humorous and heartfelt apologies written from his viewpoint as husband and father. I’m Sorry— Love, Your Husband features chapters titled “I Wasn’t Man Enough To Witness Childbirth,” “Maternity Leave Isn’t a Vacation,” “Dad Can Stay Home With the Kids, Too, Ya know,” and “25 Things People Do Daily That Are More Shameful Than Breastfeeding.” A colleague at Scary Mommy called the new book Clint’s “a funny, heartwarming account of the terrifying yet completely rewarding life of a parent.”
Clint Edwards, a father of three whose family resides in Oregon, has previously noted his parenting and approach to child rearing has been impacted by the absence of his own father. On his blog bio, Edwards writes his dad “left when I was nine, and he was in and out of jail until he died from drug addiction. He was 49. I was 19.”
Clint Edwards previously penned the humor book This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (Parenting. Marriage. Madness). His work has been featured on TV’s Good Morning America, and he is a parenting contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and Fast Company among others.