Monday, October 15, 2012

Don't Punch People In The Junk

Don't Punch People In The Junk by Kelly Wilson

About The Book:
When our youngest child punched two kids in the junk within an 18-hour period, I questioned whether I could have done anything to prevent it. To be honest, I hadn’t thought to tell my children directly not to punch people in the junk. It wasn’t a message that I imagined I would have to state with the straightforwardness of instructions like, “Don’t talk with your mouth full.” However, once I stopped to think about it, there had been several rather obvious life lessons that I had been forced to teach our children over the years in order to help them navigate life. Don’t Punch People in the Junk: (Seemingly) Obvious Life Lessons to Teach Kids is a collection of those lessons that explores the journey of parenthood, which is by far the most challenging and rewarding endeavor I have ever attempted. Although many of the statements and lessons in this book seem like common sense, there may be several that you have already said or will someday say in the indeterminate future, all with the general air of amazement that you even need to utter the words out loud to another human being. Many of these lessons involve statements that I never dreamed I would have to state directly to my children.

My Thoughts:
This is a hilarious book, but so real and true as well. I can relate to almost all of the situations the author writes about. I laughed, I nodded my head in agreement, and I even read anecdotes out loud to my husband because wasn't that particular story exactly like ours? A great, quick, fun read.

About The Author:
As my totes full of notebooks suggest, I've been writing since I was a child. I was an Army Brat, and also a shy kid, so I read and wrote a lot. When I was in college, writing became more of a chore, a necessity to succeed in my classes. It wasn't until I had my first child that I came back to my passion for writing. My son and I had almost lost our lives, and writing helped me work through the trauma associated with that experience. Once I started writing again, I couldn't stop. I often have to get out of bed in the middle of the night to write down a random thought that later turns into a story, or an outline for a book I'm thinking of finishing. I don't sleep until whatever it is on my mind is written down. I also found that I enjoyed writing children's stories, and I became curious about how the publishing industry worked. Creating and submitting stories opened the gates in my brain to more stories, and now I find that I enjoy all different kinds of writing, including grants, children's stories, magazine articles, poetry, and books of different genres. This year, I've published Live Cheap and Free! and have been published in three anthologies, along with other various articles and stories. It has been better than anything I could have asked or hoped to do.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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