Actor Ben Falcone And His Dad On The Funny Side Of Fatherhood : NPR

Ben Falcone’s advice for fathers is “love your kids and show up.” His dad, Steve, says, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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Ben Falcone’s advice for fathers is “love your kids and show up.” His dad, Steve, says, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Courtesy of Ben Falcone Dey Street Books

Actor Ben Falcone learned a lot about being a dad from his own father, Steve Falcone. For a while, Ben’s mother worked and Steve was a stay-at-home dad. (He eventually landed a job at a local community college.)

“In that interim, it was tough,” Steve says. “Of course it was tough. My wife was a genius at making do, feeding us beautifully with very little money.”

It was tough for Ben, too. Getting dropped off by his dad at school in their $100 car was mortifying. Then one day, something happened that changed his perspective: He was about to get beaten up by school bullies when one of them stopped short. He’d seen the car and took pity on Ben because he was “poor.”

Ben says, “I think the irony of this crappy, crappy car saving me from a for-sure horrible beating … has definitely colored who I am in some way.”

In fact, Ben often told stories about what it was like growing up with his dad. “I would get laughs at parties doing it,” he says. “… Then, hitting middle age, or wherever I am right now, I think I started worrying that I would forget the stories.”

So he decided to write them down. His new book is called Being a…

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