Edited by Dana Bedford Hilmer
About the Anthology
In Blindsided by a Diaper, some of today’s most popular writers dare to tell what it’s really like for couples in the trenches of the parenting experience. They boldly reveal intimate aspects of their relationships, sharing the choices they’ve made, the joy and frustrations they’ve experienced, the trials and tribulations of their sex lives, the lessons they have learned, and how their lives together as parents may or may not be what they were expecting. The writers have quite literally invited you inside their bedrooms, their minds, and their lives as parents.
Packed with essays by some of the best known names in self-help, Bedford's anthology of newborn baby angst is by turns heartwarming and hilarious, and perfect for freshly-minted parents. A wide range of tones and topics map the contemporary child-rearing landscape nicely…they provide much more engaging reading than the typical parenting book, and, arguably, more honesty as well. Readers will be happy to join Bedford's community of new parents, and will love sharing favorite essays with their own crowd of postnatal newbies.
Jackie's Essay: "Parents Without Parents"
Jackie's essay in Blindsided by a Diaper, (an anthology now in serious development as a Broadway show) is about the poignant prospect she faced with her late husband when they became parents in their 20s: Jackie's mother died when she was 19; and both Dan's parents were gone by the time he was 21. And so, the "parent" who taught her to change a diaper and tame a tantrum was Dr. Spock; and more than once, without the advice or counsel of an older woman, she felt as lonely as a pioneer woman in an uncharted territory.