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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Top Ten Reasons To Read I’m Outnumbered! (Plus, A Give-Away)

Today, on Working Mommy Wednesday, we’re sharing top ten lists.  And I couldn’t think of a better place to share the top ten reasons to read I’m Outnumbered! One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys, by Laura Lee Groves.

1.  Laura is a fellow working mom.  As an English teacher and mother of four boys (that’s right four boys), Laura is a kindred spirit to busy, overworked mothers.
2.  The tone is spiritual yet realistic. I’m Outnumbered is written from a biblical perspective.  But I also didn’t find it to be overly preachy or unrealistic.  Laura acknowledges that no parents are perfect, and we all need God’s grace to get us through the journey. 
3.  Laura speaks from the heart.  In fact, Laura is pretty transparent and vulnerable about her own journey – including lessons learns and teachable moments.
4.  Nothing beats experience.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand getting parenting advice from people who haven’t been in the trenches.  (Like, “Gee, I read that you should ignore your child when he has a tantrum.”)  Laura speaks from a wealth of experience. 
5.  Laura offers lots of practical tips.  I’m Outnumbered doesn’t just give advice – it gives examples, resources, and creative parenting ideas.  (Yeah, it’s also a nice compliment to Chasing Superwoman, which by my own admission is more of a rant than an instruction manual.)
6.  Finally, a female voice about boys!  A handful of books have already been written about raising boys.  But few if any are from a female perspective.  (As someone who grew up with all sisters, I really need that female perspective!)
7.  Her sons actually contribute to the book.  One of my favorite parts of the book is where Laura’s sons provide first-hand insight.  (See Chapter 10 – A Word From The Boys.)  It’s one thing to talk about raising boys – but it’s another thing to actually hear from them directly!
8.  Help promote a new author.  This is Laura’s first book.  And first-time authors are always looking for creative ways to get the word out.  Once you read I’m Outnumbered, please consider passing it along to a friend or doing your own book review.
9.  We all need mentors.  I’m always looking for mentors on my parenting journey.  And I love connecting with moms I respect – especially when they’re a couple of steps ahead of me.  Laura is one of those moms!  Her blog is also a great source of encouragement. 
10.  I’ll send you a copy!  Last but certainly not least, I’d love to send you a copy.  By posting a comment on my blog before 5:00 p.m. Sunday, you can enter a drawing to win a free copy.  (Winners win be announced in the comment section of this post Sunday evening.)

Happy Wednesday, and thanks Laura for writing I’m Outnumbered!


Jennie said...

Amen for God's grace!

This is a compelling list, Susan. I can see why you're a great lawyer! ;)

I would *love* a chance to read this (and gift to a friend of mine who is also raising 4 boys)!

I love Laura's blog. I stumbled on it through you in the first thank you for that!

Happy WMW to you!

Ang said...

Marvelous! I can't wait to read it.

Corrie said...

I just had my second boy and also grew up with only sisters, so I've added it onto my to-read list!

Eyvonne said...

This sounds like a great resource!

Julia said...

it's on my list to read some "boy raising" books.. this sounds great!! i can't WAIT to give away your book!! I'm so almost done and i've loved every minute. i know i keep telling you that, but it takes A LOT for me to finish a book (as you can tell)

T. Anne said...

Oh I want to win!!! I am SO out numbered. God help me.

Heidiopia said...

How fabulous, Susan! I love Laura's blog but have yet to pick up her book-- I'd love to win a copy! I'm fascinated that her boys contributed to it...thanks for that tidbit. She's such a warm and encouraging voice for us moms "in the trenches" :)
Enjoy your evening!

Gina said...

This sounds great. I need a book directed towards raising boys.

Graceful said...

I read it -- I loved it! But don't send me a copy if you pick my name...because I own it, too! ;)

Not Just Another Jennifer said...

Great choice for your WMW Top 10 List!

Wow! I'm amazed she had time to write it with four boys at home. :) My best friend has four girls, and I'm always shocked at how well she keeps things running. I'm frazzled with two. :) That sounds like a wonderful book! Can't wait to read it!

Sarah said...

Great list - this sounds like a really interesting book.

cawa said...

Looking forward to reading this one. I am outnumbered in my house. Love that there is some input from the boys!

Susan DiMickele said...

Congratulations to T. Anne! boy, these are great comments. I wish I had more to give away -- good thing it's on Amazon!

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