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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (July 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825427398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825427398
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Laura Lee Groves is a high school English and drama teacher who has written for Moody Magazine, Focus on the Family s Focus on Your Child, Indianapolis Star, and Coral Ridge Ministries. She also has contributed to the upcoming Book Lover s Devotional and KindredHeartWriters.com. The mother of four sons, Laura and her husband, John, live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit OutnumberedMom.com.

More About the Author

Laura Lee Groves is a writer, speaker, teacher, and the mother of four sons. She's the author of I'm Outnumbered! One Mom's Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys (Kregel), and Pearl, a novel about international adoption.

Laura holds a Master of Arts in British and American Literature and will soon receive a seminary degree. She has written for Focus on the Family's Focus on Your Child, Book Lover's Devotional (Barbour), Always There (Revell), and ParentLife and Parenting Teenagers magazines (Lifeway).

Laura inspires readers through her monthly newsletter and on her blogs, www.OutnumberedMom.com and www.LauraLeeGroves.com.


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This is a good little handbook for moms (and dads) of boys.
Karen Zemek
It's a short, easily read Christian book filled with insights, personal experiences and scriptural references about parenting.
Holly
This book would be a great book to buy for that expectant mom who already had several kids.
Jean Wise

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jean Wise on August 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Raising children is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Life becomes more complicated when raising boys, and even more so with multiple boys. Laura Grove's new book, I'm Outnumbered - one mom's lessons in the lively art of raising boys - will certainly help anyone who feels overwhelmed by parenthood.

Strong advice and practical tips fill the pages. One strong chapter is on communication. Groves emphasized the importance of dinnertime conversations as a family and one on one time with individual boys. I like that she included chapters on order and organization and teaching respect - unique topics not always addressed in parenting books. She also has a chapter where her sons answer questions and even words of wisdom for the single mom.

This book would be a great book to buy for that expectant mom who already had several kids. Also a good addition for church or community libraries or mom discussion groups.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clella Camp on August 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
I gave Outnumbered Mom to a young mother as a gift and her response "I couldn't put it down." Laura Groves has answered so many questions in such a down to earth manner for the young mother whether she has one, two or more children. And even though she discusses the lively art of raising boys, her practical wisdom rings true for all children-boys or girls. Laura does give the boys' Dad a chance to share and also her boys respond to mother's advice. Her words ring true as she shares what she has experienced. It is obvious to the reader that she has been there and understands the situation. Mothers will appreciate her insight into the art of raising children and can relate to her common sense Christian advice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shonya Klein on March 16, 2011
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What I really liked about this book was the very practical applications she shares. In no other 'raising your sons' book have I found so many practical ideas for developing leadership, loving unconditionally, maintaining family mealtime, talking with your son, improving organization, tips for modeling respect, growing respect through the various ages, and a detailed list of guidelines to help brothers interact with one another in a healthy way (especially as teenagers and into adulthood). It's great to have general principles and scriptural guidelines (which she starts with), but it's even better to show how to move those principles into action.

Another great aspect of this book was the way it addresses so many seasons of raising boys. This isn't just for mothers of preschool boys, or mothers of teenage boys, or mothers whose boys have left home--it's for all the above. She included thoughts I've read before, ideas I've previously implemented with my boys, and many ideas I have never heard before and for stages of life I've not yet reached. This is a book that mothers can refer to again and again as the boys grow up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm Outnumbered by Laura Lee Groves is a book that addresses the impact a mother can have in raising sons in this world today. Laura Lee is the mother of 4 sons so she has figured out some ways to teach them what they need to know before they move out on their own. This book covers the beginning years through adulthood. It has some fascinating facts about the ways boys think and act. There are many practical tips that Laura Lee gives for handling sibling rivalry, how to get boys to talk, teaching them about order and organization and training them to be discerning about the media. She cites many authors and books and also gives a comprehensive list of those resources in the appendix. This book is for moms, both married and single, but it does not mean that moms are the only ones that raise the boys. There are chapters for the dad's part as well as what the boys had to say about growing up in this household. There are also some chapters that talk about what it is like if you have a girl in the mix as well.

I was so pleased to be able to review this book. I just have one son, but so much of what Laura Lee shared helped me to understand my little one and start to think about what to do when he gets older. It's tough being a mom of boys, but Laura Lee's honest approach and many doable ideas are inspiring. Her main focus is what God wants us as moms to do to be a great model to our sons. It is a great privilege to be the mother of a son and I really appreciate the insights that Laura Lee provides to moms for this great task. If you are a mother of one son or more, you will want to read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Zemek on December 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a good little handbook for moms (and dads) of boys. I got this because I teach 5th grade boys in Sunday School and thought it may be helpful. She kept the chapters short because she knows moms are very busy so it is a quick read. She addresses many issues including expectations, laying a foundation for reading, sibling rivalry, teaching respect, organizing, media, teaching responsibility, and communication. Also included is a special chapter for dads, for single moms, and one from the boys themselves! Laura Groves also includes an extensive list of recommended books that deal with related topics that she wrote about in this book.

I think this book would be helpful to any parent of boys especially. It is sprinkled with some humor and scripture which makes it a very enjoyable and interesting read. I liked it and am not even a parent but this book makes parenting sound like lots of fun! As I was reading, I kept thinking of different mothers I know who may benefit from reading this. Some general advice from I'm outnumbered! is to let boys be creative, don't let them hurt each other, don't play favorites, give them all a chance to be leaders and promote teamwork, treat them as individuals, love them no matter what they do or don't do, teach them manners by challenging them to be honorable like knights.

This book would make a great gift for parents of boys. I highly recommend this book and can't say enough good about it.
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