{Vlog} On Kids, Capes and Independence (Plus, Read on for a Great Book Giveaway!)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Speaking of raising these boy chil’ren, there’s a new book out to help some of it make sense. Bestselling author Rosalind Wiseman, who wrote Queen Bees and Wannabes upon which the new-classic flick Mean Girls was based, has turned her lens to the boys. Her new book, Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, delves into the complex and surprising emotional lives of our sons.


I’m early into reading it (because my nightstand already shouted the safe-word), but I would definitely like to have you reading along with me. Yeah, that’s a big hint meaning … Aww, yeah. Giveaway time!

The good people at Crown publishing have generously offered up FIVE free copies of Wiseman’s new book. To be in that number, all you have to do is leave a comment below. Tell us you best boy-world story. Funny or frank, it’s all welcome. Just leave comment about raising boys and you could walk away with a crisp, new copy of the book.

I’ll announce the winners at the end of the month. Good luck!

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    Brandey says:

    My son is only in preschool and has already come home talking about how “nobody will play with Edward because he’s the bad guy.” And watching the power dynamics play out between him and his little brother is already fascinating. Maybe this book can help me figure out when to intervene and when to let playground justice hold sway.

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      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Brandey! You won a free copy of the book. Please email me with your mailing address. Thanks for the comment. e: get[dot]msmack[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Sveta says:

    Unfortunately I’m not a mother yet :( However, I used to have a friend who had a friend and they created very crazy bets for one another that a loser has to fulfill it. Most of them involved nudity and some of them sound outrageous, such as dressing up in women’s lingerie, hehe.

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    Kristin says:

    I’m struggling with wanting him to stand up for himself and wanting him to be kind. I’m so glad that he is loving karate — and we’ve found a sensei who is demanding but doesn’t have a FIGHT philosophy. True karate, not the nutty fierceness we see in some other places. I see the power-plays in rough play, and my string bean has found coping mechanisms that I don’t love. It’s really brought out a part of me that I didn’t think was there. Looking forward to this book, actually.

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    Laura says:

    We have 2 boys and it is the hardest thing raising them! A joy, yes, but also a huge learning experience. I grew up with 3 sisters and one older brother, so now being the only girl makes things interesting. I pray all the time that my boys learn to treat girls well, that they grow up having good self-esteem and are kind souls. I know it starts with me teaching them all this, so it’s a huge thing to in charge of. The book looks like it would be a good start in steering me in the right direction!