Boy Oh Boy!‘s subtitle is A mother’s guide to the wonderful world of boys from bris to bar mitzvah.
Moms of boys, this is the book you’ve been waiting. Okay, if you grew up the only girl in a horde of 12 brothers, you might be one step ahead of the game. But if you’re from an all-girl family, this book is going to be a lifesaver!
If like most people, you fall somewhere between those two examples, you are still going to find a trove of useful, interesting and unusual information between the covers of this work that will help you be a better mother to your sons.
As the author wryly notes in her preface, while most mothers will find much in their daughters that reminds them of their own childhood, “it’s an undisputable fact that no mother has ever been a boy.”
In her lively, humorous way, Mrs. Paluch presents a trove of valuable information. The book covers the Torah perspective on raising a son, practical, health and spiritual advice for the week before a bris, handy checklists for events from vachtnacht (What’s that? Read the book and find out!) to bar mitzvah, creative ideas for the upsherin. It covers minhagim and segulos. There are answers to things like “everything you always wanted to know about the kibbudim at a bris were too embarrassed to ask.”
The author also tackles questions such as boys’ clothing, tznius, how to choose a yeshivah and shaylos that arise from hiring a maid. There is a “Consumer’s Guide to Tzitzis” — written for moms. Chapters to help mothers understand boys’ play and chores. What should you know if your son’s a lefty? Even instructions for knitting a gartel!
And of course, and most importantly, there is a whole appendix full of tefillos for mothers and fathers to daven for their sons on all occasions.
If you’ve got boys or grandsons, (or even if you’d just like to understand a bit more about the world in which your husband grew up!) you need this book. Keep it somewhere handy, because you will turn to Boy Oh Boy! time and time again.
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Published by Jerusalem Publications.
We received a free review copy of this book.
Beily Paluch’s articles and stories have appeared in Binah, Family First, Inyan, Mishpacha Junion and Baby & Me, among other publications. You can follow the author on her blog: http://www.boyohboyblog.com
She is also the author of two lovely board books: