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Monday, March 3

Boys will be boys

It was a weekend night. And so because it was I allowed the kiddo to choose who to sleep with: me or Grandma or a friend's kids who were spending the night with us. Obviously he's gone creative with the grocery carton as his head board, homework notebook as his pillow, skateboard as his bed, Grandma's scarf as his blanket and with Snoopy his sleeping buddy, he nearly gave me a heart attack.

The Grandma woke up to go to the bathroom and to check on him, as she always does. Well, thanks to her instincts. The entire house was in muffled commotion at midnight before we all breathed back normally at finding this handful under the dining table.  Morning found him on my bed, and me - semi-conscious on a nearby swivel chair.

When you're a mom of a handful, you never get bored. If you are like me or know someone in similar shoes, here's a list of books I thought would help keep things sane.


How to be a happy mum: children behaving badly
Siobhan Freeguard
Netmums guide to stress-free family life

"Do you ever look at your children and wonder where you are going wrong? Do you sometimes feel if you're doing this parenting thing all wrong, and that just when you think you've got it all under control they press those buttons and it all comes tumbling down around you?" Netmum

Young gentleman's handbook(x): boys behaving badly
Jeremy Daldry
A book I may read for when Mr. Handful is a teenager.

"At the heart of this book is a simple, humane message: youth can be blissful and it can be nightmarish...." Books for Keeps
Also known as Harper
Ann Haywood Leal
A book to help explain the economy

"...Jacki is able to maintain her sense of humor though she is forced to learn some harsh realities about the economy when the recession begins to affect her own family and lifestyle." Scholastic


Hour of the Olmpics
Mary Pope Osborne
A kid's book about the Olympics

"Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to retrieve a lost story in ancient Greece, where they witness the original Olympic games and are surprised to find what girls of the time were not allowed to do. Scholastic 

Big dog...little dog
P.D. Eastman
A book about friendship

"This delightful book chronicles a day in the life of Ted and Fred-two dogs who are different in every way, but also the best of friends." Scholastic

Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt
A book with a female lead which is also perfect for boys

"History passes the Tuck family by... but though they live outside the rules of time, they never live beyond the rules of human compassion and feeling. Scholastica

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good very bad day
Judith Viorst
A book for dealing with tough issues

 "a kid with an unruly crop of hair, who gets out of bed to face a day that seems to grow increasingly worse with each passing minute" Scholastic
Gus and grandpa at basketball
Claudia Mills
A book celebrating grandparents

A great intergenerational team.... They're lucky to have each other. Readers are lucky to have them." Scholastic

The giving tree
Shel Silverstein
A book about gratitude

 "Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." Scholastic

The view from Saturday
E.L. Konisburg
A book for building confidence to face academic and social challenges

"Four students... develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition." Scholastic

When is a planet... not a planet?
Elaine Scott
A book for learning about life in space and reading about fun space adventures

"Because of the history-making reassignment of Pluto from "planet" to "dwarf planet" on August 24, 2006, all books on the solar system are now out of date." Scholastic

Weather whys
Mike Artell
A nonfiction book that will help expand your child's knowledge of the weather

"Why can't we see through fog? Why do I see lightning before I hear thunder? Why do some places have hurricanes?" Scholastic

If I ran for president
Catherine Steir
A book to help a child explore the drama of campaigning, voting, and competition

"The entertaining yet informative text is a good conversation starter for discussions on the election process." Scholastic


  1. Oh Hazel,

    You've got a problem on your hands if he won't stay in his own bed. How frightening to wake and find the bed empty! Perhaps he'll outgrow it.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  2. Hazel, that is terrifying! My cousin used to sleep walk, but he outgrew it.

    Happy Blue Monday!



    1. I also had a cousin who used to sleepwalk. Once he sleepwalked to a neighbor's rice mill. Now he's a Dad but I haven't heard of any of his kids sleepwalking.

  3. Oh my, do you think he sleepwalked? I love your blog back ground. Cute photo too :)
    Joy at Books and Life

    1. I don't think so. Sometimes with his creative ideas are so dramatic I end up on the brink of a heart attack.

  4. One thing is for asre, children makes life interesting.

  5. wow, scary. Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

  6. #1 is way too close to home. My 19 yo son thinks he's supporting himself but is crashing on my couch. Ugh.

  7. I sure could have used this list when my kids were that age.


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