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It's a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons Paperback – November 11, 2005
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In fact, you'd better be careful about leaving this one lying around the house or you might find it spirited away by the males in the household. I love books where you can read each section separately, especially as I have a very busy life. This book qualifies as the sort you can grab and take with you as you are driving back and forth on "mom chauffeur" duty, leading to insight about the males around you.
I find myself just appreciating all the good things that boys have to offer and relishing in them while reading this book. I am half way through it and have told many friends about it. I think if you have 2 boys or more it is a good read.
So one may wonder if I liked all of these essays so much why am I only giving the book three stars. Well that is because many of the essays despite being fairly entertaining did not touch me...I could not relate. The beginning essays mostly focused on women's disappointment at learning they were having a boy. Now, trust me when I tell you no one has wanted a little girl more than I did and when I found out I was having twin boys after already having a three year old son I was a bit miffed to say the least. However, no matter how much I wanted a girl I never cried over the fact that I was having boys, my disappointment did not run as deep as many of these women's seemed to have at the news of a boy. I was just happy to be having healthy babies. So on this issue while I could totally understand, I couldn't completely relate.
Also, many of these women writers wanted to raise their sons to be free of the confines society forces on boys. Which is all well and good but I cannot, personally, relate to letting my son wear earrings and necklaces to preschool just because he felt like it. I cannot conceive of buying my son pink clothes and shoes from the girls section of the store just be cause he really likes pink and I don't tend to give my sons dolls over trucks because I want them to be more open minded. I am just not one of those mothers so again I couldn't relate.
Overall I think this is a good collection of essays centered around raising boys especially since there are not a lot out there like it. Therefore, I would recommend it to mothers of sons even if you cannot relate to all of the essays some are guaranteed to touch your heart.