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It's a Boy

Women Writers on Raising Sons

Andrea J. Buchanan (Editor)


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The most popular question any pregnant woman is asked, aside from "When are you due?", has got to be "Are you having a girl or a boy?" 

When author Andrea Buchanan, already a mom to a little girl, was pregnant with her second child, she marveled at the response of friends and total strangers alike: "Boys are wonderful," "Boys are so much better than girls," "Boys love their mothers differently than girls." 

This constant refrain led her to explore the issue herself, with help from her fellow writers and moms, many of whom had had the same experience. The result is It's A Boy, a wide-ranging, often-humorous, and honest collection of essays about the experience of mothering boys. Taking on topics like aggression, parenting a teenage boy, and wishing for a daughter but getting a son, It's A Boy explores what it's like to mother sons and how that experience may be different, but no less satisfying, than mothering girls.

Seal Press, 9781580051453, 272pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2005

About the Author

Andrea J. Buchanan is the author of Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It (Seal Press). Her work has been featured in the Christian Science Monitor, Parents, and Nick Jr. magazines, in the collection Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers (Seal Press); and on numerous web sites, including and, for which she writes the popular web-syndicated column “The Dark Side” and her blog She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children, Emily (5) and Nate (almost 2).