This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. With that being said, let us jump in and get started.
Today I want to talk about How Do You Tuck In a Superhero: And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys by Rachel Balducci. This book was given to me at a baby shower when I was 25 weeks pregnant with my first son William. I read it through while my husband was away at Airborne School and I remember laughing at some of the stories inside, but with chapter titles like, "Proper Care and Feeding" and "The Sweet Side" I didn't exactly take it seriously.
Fast Forward three years and we arrive to present day.
I have read and re-read this book four times.
I currently have two rambunctious, full throttle, non-stop boys. The stories and anecdotes in Balducci's book make me feel like she might be a kindred spirit. I have found myself saying no you may not cook (insert legos/shoes/duplos/crayons) in my oven, too! Balducci does a great job of tackling the "are you going to try for a girl" question with grace and humor. My favorite part of the book however, is where she writes,
Whenever we are out in public, someone will invariably come up to us and note that we have all these boys and that I have my own team. Yes I will say and I am the team mom and my job is to keep the players fed and clothed and prevent them from fouling out.I love her perspective that they are together and a team. I love that she doesn't shy away from the fact that she has "a lot" of children. I respect that she has taken to being a mom of boys with humor and a biblical perspective. She allows them to be masculine while helping to cultivate their active little hearts and pointing them to Jesus. While I originally thought this book was going to be full of tips and tricks it was actually so much more than just another parenting book. Rachel Balducci manages to be funny, relate-able, and relevant despite the fact that this book is predominately a biography of family life. Her wit and insights help those of us new to being Boy Moms to feel better about the fact that we have melted Legos on the bottom of our ovens. Overall I give How Do You Tuck In a Superhero a solid A+ and I encourage any #BoyMom to read it through and share it with your friends.