Local writer’s book covers the ridiculous and amazing in parenthood

Linden Hills resident and New York transplant Jason Good was in for a shock when he had kids, now ages four and six.

He imagined parenthood would be something akin to his parents’ experience, but came to realize he had no memory of his parents handling babies and toddlers.

“Before kids, you see people suffering and not realize that’s going to be you suffering,” he said. “It comes as sort of a shock that it takes over your life completely.”

His new book “This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists” covers the chaos in detail, with observations like “Kids party way harder than we do.”

“We frequently have families over to our house — families that have children the same age as ours,” he writes. “And while the adults might have a couple beers or a few glasses of wine, it’s the kids who do the heavy partying. At the end of the night (approximately 8pm), our home looks like a Frat house during pledge week. … At least one kid is passed-out on the sofa in the basement. There’s a half-eaten piece of pizza on the bookshelf. At least two kids leave in bare feet. One kid is crying. The shower is on. There’s a streaker. The coin jar has been pillaged. Two kids have to be carried out. There are at least three mysterious puddles. …”

Good previously worked for the New York Times in marketing and business development, designing pay models for the paper’s website. When he quit his job to pursue writing and standup comedy, he and his wife decided to move to Minneapolis.

“It dawned on us that we could live anywhere, and didn’t have to pay the crazy New York taxes,” he said.

In an effort to force productivity, Good decided to write something every day for one year. One of his blog posts was titled “46 reasons my three-year-old might be freaking out.” Possibilities included: His shirt has a tag on it. He’s not allowed in the oven. A balloon he got six months ago is missing. There’s a dog within a 70 mile radius. A shoe should fit either foot. Things take too long to cook.

On day 215, Good’s blog post “Approximately 3 Minutes Inside The Head of My 2 Year Old” went viral, and a month later, he got a call from a publisher suggesting he write a book.

His first book is enjoying positive reviews — including a surprising one from James Van Der Beek (of Dawson’s Creek fame) in People Magazine.