Are you a mother of boys? I have two so far! When they were babies, it was fairly simple to figure out how to handle the situations that arose because they were mostly centered around eating, sleeping, playing and reading.
As my firstborn grew, I realized that although I had a lot of things covered as far as taking care of him physically and educationally, I struggled with the emotional and behavioral aspects of raising a boy. My husband of course is a great help but since my kids spend most of their day with me, it really is important that I have the tools I need to understand my sons’ emotions, personalities and spiritual growth.
I’ve read Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson but no other books on this topic until I received a copy of What a Son Needs from His Mom by Cheri Fuller.
This book goes through the emotional, spiritual and character development of boys at all ages and how moms can respond to their child’s needs. It helped me to tap into my son’s unique personality (and my second little guy’s personality is ever emerging!) and also gave me some tips on understanding his changing emotions. That particular chapter is mostly geared toward the pre-teen stage but was helpful for this mom of a seven year old too!
Some of the other topics covered are:
- Listening and communicating with your son
- Praying for your son
- Nurturing your son’s faith
- Releasing your son into manhood
- Helping your son shine in school and beyond
- Building confidence in your son
Cheri Fuller is a mom of two grown boys and offers encouraging, not judgmental, advice that also included some questions to ponder at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend it!
You can find What a Son Needs from his Mom on Amazon or at Christian Book Distributors!
Thanks to Bethany House (Baker Publishing Group) for the review copy of this book! All opinions are my own.