Monday, October 8, 2012

How Do You Tuck in a Superhero?

     You tuck in a superhero with cleverness and creativity, loads of love, heaping helpings of humor, and gobs of grace.  After babysitting, teaching, tutoring, and nannying boys, I knew I would totally appreciate and find great hilarity in the antics recorded by a mother of five wild and crazy boys (and since the book was published one sweet little girl).  I laughed hysterically at Rachel Balducci’s pithy writing, straight-up observations, and comical quotes.  If you have taken care of boys or spent any length of time around them, you will likely identify with this book and find it highly amusing as much as insanely accurate in describing the temperament of many young boys. 
     How Do You Tuck in a Superhero? is a wonderful collection of true short stories, funny bullet-point lists, and some absolutely priceless quotes directly out of the mouths of her own testosterone-driven brood.  Rachel Balducci would love to have a nice yard, a clean house, a tidy garage, but the adventurous nature of her boys has instead left her with bald patches of dirt, a lived-in looking house, and a garage without room for any adult-size vehicles, and yet, she wouldn’t trade her time hectic life for anything. 
     This wife, mother, and Christian includes one of the most beautiful descriptions of the vocation of parents I’ve ever read.  “The journey of motherhood centers on being the person God has chosen out of all humanity and space and time to care for these souls, these beings who will exist for all eternity” (pg. 88).  It’s important that parents and caregivers are reminded of the incredible task that taking care of, loving, and nurturing children is in the grand scheme of things, so we can remain thankful and God-focused in times of child-prone accidents, seeming chaos, and the nitty-gritty, day-to-day details of childrearing. 
     I highly recommend this book and also suggest checking out Rachel Balducci’s widely read website www.testosterhome.net where she writes regularly about her ongoing family adventures with five wild boys and one precious little girl.  For more information about How Do You Tuck in a Superhero? or to purchase your own copy of the book, click here. 
     I wrote this review of How Do You Tuck In A Superhero? for the free Catholic book review program, Tiber River.  I receive free product samples as compensation for writing reviews for Tiber River.
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