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Balducci combines her writing talent and her life as the parent of five rambunctious boys to deliver a collection of essays on the everyday aspects of mothering boys. Pondering her bald backyard, she longs for grassy vistas she knows she will never see. She has five climbers, diggers, and runners with huge appetites that require ceaseless feeding. She insists that her husband take the lead on Boy Scout hosting and camping activities but manages to get pulled in anyway. Balducci regales with stories of breaking up tussles, teaching etiquette, hosting birthday parties, managing homework regimes, and trying to get her own work done. Mothers of boys will recognize the scenarios and appreciate the labor of love. --Vanessa Bush

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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 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080073372X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733728
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was really excited to receive this book as we have two little superheros in our home. Always trying to understand a little better the male mind, I couldn't wait to dive in.

How Do You Tuck In a Superhero?: And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys is a collect of stories written by a mom of five boys. Rachel Balducci is a delightful writer and has an amazing way with words. The book contains approx. 100 mini-stories of life around the Balducci home. She proves that with boys there is never a dull moment.

Even though the title is "How Do You...", this is NOT a parenting book. This is key. In reality, this book is just stories of life with boys. The crazy, unthinkable, scary things that boys do and say. This book is set up more like a gift or coffee-table book.

Momma C's Thoughts: As much as I hate it, I couldn't get into this book. I didn't laugh at the stories or chuckle at raising boys. I really wanted to. But it didn't come. Here are a few reasons why, I believe I had this reaction. With three kiddos five and under, I am tired. Reading some of these stories was like reliving them. Some of the things boys do, I would rather forget! Also, as Moms we tell stories about our kids that are really funny to us and our immediate family but other people just don't get into them like we do. Lastly, boys are boys. They truly are Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul. With that said, unless you like to read stories about other families, I can not recommend this book.

Contradictory of my last comment, there are a few moms who might find this book helpful.
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Was expecting creative parenting tips for how to wrangle hyper boys and make the routine acivities fun. This book is just a Moms observations about her 5 boys and her own quirks related to parenting. It is okay but not great.
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I just tucked into How Do You Tuck in a Superhero last night and COULD NOT put it down! I love how Rachel captures the creativity and craziness of boys and the beauty of being a mom of boys. And by beauty I mean, the total disruption of what you thought your life would be like as a mother. Being a mom of boys myself, I saw myself in every chapter, laughed outloud, and was reminded once again that I love that God blessed me with 3 wild and sweet boys. If you are a mom of boys or a mom in general, this is one for you!
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This is a fabulous book. I love the experiences that mirror so many of my own! It's not really a manual on how to be a better parent or anything...just a funny tale of what this author has gone through with her family and what it has taught her as a parent. I laughed through most of this book, however (not a manual aside) I learned a lot, too. It's not told in a way that you feel like you are being scolded at for being wrong. The author simply says what she has learned works for her as a parent...and a LOT of it makes so much sense that you just feel that it is worth trying.

The antics of the boys and the way the author writes about her parenting journey make for a hilarious read; whether you learn anything from it or not. I will definitely continue to recommend this book to other parents.
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I loved this book. I have read a ton of parenting books and have gotten bogged down with the do this and do that or the list of horrible things that can happen in parenting. This book is purely a book of funny stories and some of the delightful joys of raising boys! I loved this light and fun parenting book that made me look forward to many more years ahead with my boys!
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I read this whole book and honestly, I just really thought the writing wasn't that good. I kept waiting to actually laugh or find something entertaining and I really didnt. Wouldnt recommend it. Author seems reluctantly happy and it felt very awkward.
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I, too, have FIVE children.....ALL boys, so this book had me literally laughing out loud! I could relate to SO much of it! It is a very easy read. It also, of course, choked me up many times, too, as it talks about the sweetness of boys and the many joys of raising them! I bought another one to give to my friend, who has SIX children.....ALL boys, for her birthday. She's going to love it!
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This was a fun read. Her ability to draw a picture with words is amazing. I'd give it 5 stars but at times it was hard to follow as it jumped around & didn't quite flow like a book should hence the 4 stars.
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