January 9, 2012

Ross' Rad Reads Award: Happy Chaos

It's been a while since I handed out one of my Ross' Rad Read Awards. Haven't been reading as much as I would like lately. But, after becoming a contributor at Moonfrye.com, I decided it was high time I read Soleil's "new" book (it came out in August).

What I enjoyed most about reading Happy Chaos was that is was like spending time with a good friend. Soleil's warm, personable style is inviting. Her open, honest manner is something I find very appealing. It made reading this book comfortable. And fun.

Soleil believes "happy chaos" is the sign of a family operating at its best, when parents accept that they'll make mistakes, that there will be messes, tears and skinned knees. I found myself nodding my head a lot as I was reading this book. I even took notes on a couple of her insights and suggestions. She offers both at the end of every chapter.

What surprised me most about the book was how much Soleil and I have in common. Our lives may be very different - she is a Hollywood celebrity and I am, well, not - but our philosophies on parenthood are completely in synch. We agree on so many key issues about how to raise our children.

And that probably shouldn't surprise me. Soleil is a mom, after all, trying to do the best she can each day to raise her girls. She has hopes and dreams for them. She has insecurities and fears. She has good days. And not so good. Just like the rest of us. 

Overall, she has a beautiful serenity about her. She handles things with such grace and humility. She exposes her vulnerabilities to her readers, letting us know she really is just like us in so many ways.

My favorite story from the book involved her young daughter coming home in tears from ballet class after some of the other girls were mean to her. Soleil tried everything to help her feel better, to no avail. So she called her husband and put him on the phone with his daughter.

What he said to her was beautiful. And perfect. It fixed everything. And I wish I'd read the book before I dealt with this situation. I could have handled it so much better. I will definitely try to follow his lead in the future.

I highly recommend Happy Chaos. It's a great read. I'm giving it my award. AND, you could win a signed copy! All you have to do is leave a comment below. (Be sure you provide a valid email address.) The deadline is Monday, January 16, and I will announce the winner on Friday, January 20. Good luck!

Special note: Unfortunately, I have had to disable comments from mobile devices. Anytime someone leaves one, it deletes all other comments on my blog. No one has been able to help me with this issue, so I had to turn off mobile commenting as an option. I apologize for any inconvenience. 

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