Chris Gethard on Parenting

Scribd Original author and comedian Chris Gethard on parenting

In Open Book - Scribd Originals by Ashley McDonnell

Chris Gethard on Parenting

“Diversify your song catalog.” That’s just one of many suggestions comedian, author, and dad Chris Gethard has for new and soon-to-be parents in our video interview. As a father to a two-year-old son and a man who tells jokes for a living, his advice is, of course, funny, but above all it’s practical and heartfelt. Gethard has struggled with depression all of his life, and it’s given him a perspective that’s not often represented in parenting classes and books. 

Hear more about the highs and lows of parenthood in this video and in Gethard’s Scribd Original, Dad on Pills.

Dad on Pills by Chris Gethard

Gethard writes about his darkest fears as a dad who struggles with mental health (like that his son will also have a giant forehead full of suicidal thoughts) with humor and heart. For fellow mentally ill parents, Gethard’s hilarious personal essay is a reassuring pep talk, full of compassion, empathy, and kindness (and, OK, sometimes a few punches to the throat).


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About the Author: Ashley McDonnell

Ashley is an Everand editor who loves Ernest Hemingway, “The Hunger Games,” and EDM. When she’s not reading, she’s making nerdy podcasts about anime and manga and learning to DJ.