How Do You Tuck In a Superhero?: And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys

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"This book is a celebration of boyhood in all its glory."—Dr. Kevin Leman, author, Have a New Kid by Friday

When Rachel Balducci looks for material for her writing, she doesn't have to look far. Her subject matter can be found climbing through the window, hanging on to the edge of the roof, and rummaging through the refrigerator. Here she chronicles the exuberant, awesome life of boys through bizarre conversations overheard, unbelievable rules she's been forced to make, and the ...

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Overview

"This book is a celebration of boyhood in all its glory."—Dr. Kevin Leman, author, Have a New Kid by Friday

When Rachel Balducci looks for material for her writing, she doesn't have to look far. Her subject matter can be found climbing through the window, hanging on to the edge of the roof, and rummaging through the refrigerator. Here she chronicles the exuberant, awesome life of boys through bizarre conversations overheard, unbelievable rules she's been forced to make, and the many episodes of boy behavior that continue to mystify mothers worldwide. From the care and feeding of her team, to travels out in public, to their wide-eyed adoration of Chuck Norris, this laugh-out-loud celebration joyfully explores the sweetly wild side of boyhood.

"Balducci's tales of life in a house full of boys are as warm as they are funny. Her honesty, wit, and insightfulness combine to make How Do You Tuck In a Superhero? a true delight to read."—Jennifer Fulwiler, author of ConversionDiary.com

"Funny, heartwarming, edifying, and always uplifting, Rachel shares her joy for parenting in a way that will inspire you to be a better wife and mom. She teaches us that family life, with all of its ups and downs, is truly one of life's greatest gifts."—Lisa M. Hendey, author, The Handbook for Catholic Moms; founder, CatholicMom.com

"In this gem of a book, Rachel gives us a glimpse of her world. It's a field guide, a memoir, a mystery, and a love letter all in one."—Danielle Bean, mother of eight; editorial director, Faith & Family; author, My Cup of Tea and Mom to Mom, Day to Day

Rachel Balducci is a writer and the mother of five lively boys—with another baby on the way. Her website, www.testosterhome.net, has been nominated for several awards and continues to chronicle the antics of her boys.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Titled as though it were a book of parenting tips, this is actually a collection of amusing vignettes celebrating the author's decision to have a large family and describing what her life is like with numerous children. Ms. Balducci is the mother of six children, five of whom are boys, and has written an assortment of brief sketches of their daily lives. She makes no apology for the size of her family and acknowledges that many do not choose to have as many children as she has, but neither does she criticize others for their choices. The book is mildly entertaining without being terribly informative and its main audience would be adults rather than children. It is the type of book that is easy to browse without feeling compelled to keep reading. Elementary school teachers might relate to some of the incidents described in the book such as a list titled "Rules I Can't Believe I Had to Make." While it is not an appropriate selection for a collection of children's books, many adults would enjoy it. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800733728
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 163,818
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Balducci is a writer and the mother of five lively boys. Her website, www.testosterhome.net, has been nominated for several awards. Rachel is a former staff writer for the Augusta Chronicle and has been published in numerous magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Faith and Family, and The Word Among Us.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Grass Is Always Greener 9

1 Proper Care and Feeding 13

2 You Know You're with Boys When … 45

3 Family Togetherness 77

4 The Other Heroes in Our House 115

5 Keeping Up Appearances 135

6 Essentials of a Boy's Life 153

7 The Sweet Side 181

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    A must read for mothers of boys!

    I found this book to be a very heart-warming and uplifting read. It is filled with a cornucopia of adorable anecdotes revealing the mystery and joys of raising boys in a faith-filled home.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Love the book! Exactly how this household works.

    I always swore my sons needed instructions, after a bunch of child rearing books and self help and discovery books I decided they were going to be little monsters forever. Until coming across this book I then realized they aren't monsters but just boys. They will always be called "Beastie Boys" as it's accurate with how they act, the attitudes and amazing disasters that happen in this house but it is certainly normal after reading her journey and can relate 100%. A must read for any parent with boys!

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    Superheroes have never been so appealing!

    I'd love to quote you a pithy passage from Rachel Balducci's delightful new book, How Do You Tuck in a Superhero? And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys, but I'm afraid I can't.

    The day after I finished it, I lent it to our parish secretary, instructing her to pass it along to someone else in the parish office. I'm not sure who has it now, though I do know the second person started laughing as she raved about it to me.

    I'm betting that's a common response. I don't have sons, but I have a husband (who totally didn't "get" why I was quoting aloud and laughing uproariously so much during his basketball playoffs) and I have nephews and I have men in my life.

    And this book explains SO MUCH.

    Well...maybe I'm not being fair. What Balducci does, and does the way she does everything else, from her personal blog to her work at Faith & Family Live, is to use humor to bring us to our senses about a few things.

    Having a bunch of kids isn't an impossible scenario. It can be, from what I've gathered, a fun thing. And joy can be found all around you, in the bugs you eat (or, ahem, don't) and the company you keep.

    Balducci takes her reader deep into the world she lives in (which as of April has a little girl in it), and we find ourselves home, in the best sense of the word. Here's a family that seems like just the crew you'd invite over for a cookout and a rip-roarin, laughing good time.

    To call this book delightful is to do it a vast disservice, though that's the first word that came to mind when I put it down, disappointed to see it end. It is a tribute to family life, to pursuing the dream God gives you, and laughing all the way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Cute read, but lost interest about half way.

    Cute stories, but lacked clear direction. seemed to be a collection of memories for the mother, and while it did capture many things "boy," i lost interest in it a little over half way.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

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    "How Do You Tuck in a Superhero?" by Rachel Balducci

    Having grown up as the only girl between three brothers, I can attest to the shenanigans boys can and do get into. I think it is an inherent trait of boys to be curious and daring. Rachel Balducci catches it all in her book, How Do You Tuck In a Superhero? Besides all the antics the boys get into and the distinct rules they as parents have to make, she also offers lots of great advice and encouragement on raising boys, mixed with lots of laughs.

    My take on Rachel's book: Don't sweat the small stuff. Zero in on the important things that matter: spiritual growth, Godly character, safety, and the tenacity it takes to be a future great husband and father.

    This is a book I won and take the pleasure of blogging on to help parents of boys to raise Godly men.

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