Project Runway finalist and mother of six, Laura Bennett recounts her experiences raising children in New York City. She is unapologetic about not cooking for her family, using nannies and on weekends a "manny" to coordinate and entertain her brood, and choosing to sign on for a reality TV show while pregnant with her sixth child. She offers her personal insight into everything from helicopter parents who obsess about sugar and food allergies to the sea of skateboards, balls and duct tape-covered furniture that fill her 2-bedroom loft apartment. She gives her take on family vacations and holidays along with raising a house full of boys, each of whom comes with a unique personality and challenges.
I picked up this book because I'm a working mother who enjoys reading about other mothers who struggle to balance career and family and because I enjoyed watching Laura Bennett compete on Project Runway. I'm fascinated by her ability to manage such a large family in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Her story is sprinkled with laughs and fashion tips. This book is recommended for any woman who needs a reminder that what children really need is a good role model and what moms really need is a sense of humor.
Reviewed by ld, 08/10. Other reviews by ld.