May 272019

Every Tuesday I host  sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Being the Grownup: Love, Limits, and the Natural Authority of Parenthood by Adelia Moore

Chapter One-
It was tiem to leave the playground. I was 26, pregnant, and the stay-at-home mom of a 2 year old. My husband and I had just moved to a city that was hundereds of miles away from any family or friends. I knwq no one else with a young child. My son was happily swinging, but it was time for lunch, and soon after that, the battlegroundof nap time. When I told him that it was time tp leave, he said, “No, I don’t want to go; I want to swing”. After a t least two more failed efforts at verbal persuasion, I lifted him off the swing. He cried and squirmed out of my arms and finally threw himself on the ground. He kicked and screamed in a full-fledged tantrum. I wanted to cry myself. As I write, through the window I can see a little girl and her mother walking a Chihuahua. He stops several times and refuses to to walk, and finally she picks him up-just as I did with my son. What were her alternatives? What were mine?

I’m reading this for a book tour on June 17th

  22 Responses to “First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros:
Being the Grownup: Love, Limits, and the Natural Authority of Parenthood by Adelia Moore”

  1. I can feel the sort of helplessness of the mother here.

  2. That opening scene is very relatable.

  3. I’ve witnessed such tantrums and feel for the mother.

  4. I like the intro, but as I’ve never been a parent and am unlikely ever to be a parent I don’t think I would keep reading. I do relate to the lady walking the dog. I’ve had to pick up my Jack Russell/Shih tzu mix several times on long walks. And my schnauzer has decided he doesn’t want to get into the car after visiting my parents so he runs off into the woods (he doesn’t go far but you can tell he is deliberately avoiding me).

  5. I can’t recall major tantrums with my kiddos – kinda like childbirth, the pain goes away in ones mind after a while… LOL

  6. I remember those days and now experience them with grand children.

    • Out of my 3 kids and 4 grandkids, only 1 did anything like that. He didn’t really throw tantrums, he just sometimes cried when he didn’t get his way.

  7. Thankfully none of mine never had full blown tantrums but we’ve had enough incidents that have gotten close enough to this that I can feel for the mother!

    • My kids argued sometimes with each other over who’s turn it was to play Nintendo, but if I told them something they did it without a fight. I’ve always been very thankful for that.

  8. It’s difficult to deal with a child’s tantrums. I’d read more! Thanks for sharing this opening, Vicki!

  9. A friend of mine in the States used to volunteer at the local library in the children’s section. One day, she was shelving books when she saw a mom telling her son that it was time to go. Son didn’t want to. She tried again, but he wasn’t having any of it. Finally, she picked him up to carry him out and he spit on her!!! Wow!

  10. Intriguing. I’m going to see if that have this at NetGalley. My son is 30 now but he never had a tantrum like that when he was a little one!

  11. Sounds good!

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