Thursday, October 11, 2012

Book Review: What A Difference a Mom Makes

Boys will be boys--always.
And no one has a more powerful impact on them than you, Mom.
Surprise! Your boy wants to please you, and he cares deeply about what you think. Those driving needs will stay with him throughout his lifetime. That gives you, Mom, a lot of influence over your son. You can set him up for success in life.
In What a Difference a Mom Makes, the New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman reveals how you can make a positive imprint on your son--from the moment you first hold him in your arms until the moment he leaves for college. And the best news? It's never too late to start, no matter what age your son is now.
Through Dr. Leman's expert advice, you'll understand who your son is on the inside, the truth behind sibling squabbles (and how to handle them), a secret for discipline that works every time, and how to navigate the critical teen years. You'll also discover how your parenting style impacts your relationship with your son and how you can respond in a healthy way to his growing interest in sex and relationships.
Want to capture your boy's heart? Want a man you'll be proud to call your son? You can make a difference, because you are the one who matters most in your boy's world.
Even if he won't admit it.
~ from the Baker Publishing Group website

My Review:

The title of this book really reached out to me. I couldn't wait to read it! Who doesn't want to learn the secrets of how to raise a boy into a good man?

I'll be honest. When reading, the author's style of writing kept alluding to 'giving you the secrets' as a method of getting you to read the whole book, which is a style I personally am not very fond of. It's as though there is a Big Secret waiting to be told somewhere amongst its pages. But there was no big secret.

There were a lot of helpful hints though. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this book, learning about how birth order can affect your child's personality and learning about how boys think differently than girls. Dr. Leman suggests ways to deal with struggles and difficulties that will happen while raising your son (and your daughter for that matter) through all stages of life.

There were some areas where Dr. Leman makes references to religious beliefs in order to help you guide your son to moral values that would be beneficial for rearing any child, but I don't feel that the book had an overly religious tone to it (which is nice).

I would recommend this book to those who are interested in learning a different way to think about child rearing, or for those who could use a little encouragement that they are parenting well.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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