Hey friends! I am really excited right now! As I mentioned in my New Year’s post, I am on the official countdown to turning in my full Boy Mom Book manuscript in April. April may sound far away, but as all busy moms know, it will be here in the blink of an eye! The good news is, I’ve been working on this book since last May. And I’m so thankful that this first book contract has offered me such a reasonable schedule. Because life is so full for my family right now, it’s a huge blessing to be able to take my time writing, while still being a
fabulous mostly decent mom.
My writing process has, of course, included a lot of research, and reading. (My agent finally cut me off from ordering any more parenting books, haha) But nothing has been more helpful to me than learning from families I have great respect for, and the experiences I’ve had raising my own four sons.
And more: The feedback I get from you — here on the blog and through emails and social media-– has been incredibly beneficial to my writing. Because of you, I better understand the challenges, hopes and dreams that real people, raising real kids are facing today. This means more to me than any University research or fancy statistics I could find.
And your input matters to me so much because my greatest goal for this book is that it will be super practical…helpful…and inspiring. I want it to be you and me, sitting across the table at our favorite coffee shop, getting real about our boys; a handbook you take home with you to pull out when your son hits a new season. (a girlfriend? a job? the SAT’s…)
Which brings me to today...and this, the first in a series of posts which I will share before my manuscript is complete! Because though I have written the bulk of my chapters, I am now at a point where I want to fine tune my content. I want to know if I’m nailing the issues, or if perhaps I’ve overlooked something. I want to be sure I am addressing the greatest concerns and challenges you face in each of the topics I plan to cover in the book. And maybe one of your stories (good, bad, or funny) would be a great fit for my book content! (Don’t worry, I’ll ask your permission first!)
So if you’re a #boymom, I’m asking for your help now! (Girl moms are welcome here too, please simply let me know.) Please comment on any of the topics that grab your attention or seem relevant to parenting journey!
Today’s topic is one I recently put out on my Facebook page. It got a great response there, so I decided to camp out on it a bit more.
BOYS AND HEALTH:
When it comes to raising a HEALTHY SON (who we hope will grow up to be a healthy adult,) what are your greatest challenges, or concerns? Keep in mind: Your son’s health includes his diet, exercise, and hygiene, as well as his emotional and social health. (Spiritual health will be a separate topic.) I would love to hear from you, no matter how young or old your son is, on any of these things.
— Is it a battle to get him to floss his teeth? Eat his veggies? Is your son good at handling his emotions, or not? Does your son get enough sleep, fresh air, and exercise? Whether it’s acne, anxiety, or nose picking, I want to know.
Finally, with each topic I throw out, it seems only fair to leave you with at least one little nugget that may or may show up in the book itself. A little advice, wisdom, or experience from my end!
On the topic of raising son’s with a healthy lifestyle, here’s a fun one:
My good friend Judy, who is originally from Australia, shared this tip that her amazing older mentor (who was also a counselor and speaker) passed on to her. Her mentor suggested that for our boys to grow up with a healthy lifestyle (and avoid depression) every day they should be sure to include these FIVE things:
- Some work
- Some rest
- Something creative
- Something social.
*In addition, she said they should also name three things they are grateful for each day.
I love this! (Great for our kids, and for us, right?)
Love to you all, and can’t wait to read your comments!
PS I would be so honored and very grateful if you would share this post with your friends! The more input I get, the better my book will be! Mahalo!