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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345518098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345518095
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Strong Mothers, Strong Sons
“Solid, practical advice for women on how to properly nurture their sons.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Meg Meeker, M.D.
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters
“Dr. Meeker’s conclusions are timely, relevant, and often deeply moving. No one interested in what girls experience growing up in our culture today—and the impact that parents, especially fathers, have on the experience—can afford to miss reading this book.”—Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., M.D., professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
“Reassuring and challenging . . . a helpful road map for concerned fathers [that] tackles difficult issues.”—National Review
Boys Should Be Boys
“If you want to raise a boy you’ll be proud of, read Boys Should Be Boys.”—Dave Ramsey, author of The Total Money Makeover
“Filled with inspirational vignettes, Boys Should Be Boys empowers parents to stay involved and protect their sons’ innocence. It’s a wonderfully written and eye-opening book—a must-read.”—Neil Bernstein, Ph.D., author of There When He Needs You
The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers
“Offers practical ways to help you let go of ‘mom guilt’ in order to become a happier, healthier woman.”—Parent & Child
“Just about any mom, or dad, can find useful wisdom in this book.”—Associated Press

About the Author

Meg Meeker, M.D., is the author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters; Boys Should Be Boys; and The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers. She has been a physician practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine, working with children and their parents, for more than thirty years. Dr. Meeker is the mother of four children and lives and works with her husband in northern Michigan.

More About the Author

Meg Meeker, M.D., has spent more than twenty years practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine and counseling teens and parents. Dr. Meeker is a fellow of the National Advisory Board of the Medical Institute, and the author of several books, including the national bestseller, STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS; THE 10 HABITS OF HAPPY MOTHERS; and BOYS SHOULD BE BOYS. In 2012, Dr. Meeker released STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS: THE 30-DAY CHALLENGE, the highly-anticipated follow-up to the original bestselling title.

A popular speaker on pediatric health issues and child-parent relationships, she is a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio and television programs. She lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan, where she shares a medical practice with her husband, Walter. They have three daughters and one son.


"Both my girls were practically grown and gone the first time I discovered Meg Meeker's STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS, but it still had a huge impact on how I talk to and relate with them. STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS: THE 30-DAY CHALLENGE is the book I wish someone had given me the day my first daughter was born! "
-Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author, nationally syndicated radio show host, and father of two daughters

"Meg Meeker radically changed the way I look at parenting and fatherhood. There is joy, wisdom, and truth in everything she writes, and I will be the first in line to buy each new book she shares with the world."
--Jon Acuff, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job and father of two daughters

"Raising four daughters while playing professional football was very demanding. Dr. Meeker is oh-so-accurate when she points out just how observant and impressionable young girls can be! Her work always inspires me to do a better job, and THE 30-DAY CHALLENGE is filled with lots of good ideas. Thanks, Meg!"
--Chris Godfrey, father of six, member of New York Giants Super Bowl XXI Championship Team, estate planning attorney and president of Life Athletes

"Dads need help, particularly when it comes to building bonds with their daughters. Dr. Meeker's wise, practical book offers fathers activities they can do today to establish a relationship with their daughters that will extend far into the future. Get this book now and spare your family and your daughter the mistakes that so many men have made in the past."
--Raymond Arroyo, New York Times bestselling author, host of EWTN's The World Over

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Customer Reviews

This book was well researched, thorough and full of useful information.
A. Perry
This book helped me be able to understand and give them advice about their mother/son relationships.
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I thought the book was amazing and I would recommend it to any mother who has a son.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
‘Strong Mothers, Strong Sons’ written by M.D. Meg Meeker is a book that I “accidentally” read, but I'm glad because it is a well-made helpful non-fiction which I can fully recommend to all mothers who embark into the exciting journey of motherhood.

Meeker wrote his book as a kind of survival manual for mothers who love their sons indefinitely. Her book of ten chapters on nearly 400 pages full of parenting tips on proper education, love and emotional development, the author begins with some personal stories from her medical career in which she had the opportunity to meet with many parents. Based on their experience she created this book, for which is evident that it was written by a person who knows much about the subject, spending more than twenty years counseling teens and parents, practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine.

The relationship between mother and son is sensitive in itself, especially in adolescence, but the author specifically discussed the situation of single-parent families in which their relationship is even more important for the development of young person in an emotionally mature and healthy adult.

Meg Meeker, in addition to good practices, unique needs and positive experiences, do not hesitate to talk about the issues and bad things she has experienced, explaining in which upbringing aspects mothers usually make mistakes; she talks about excessive devotion to the children, but in the way that it does not sound as mere enumeration of bad practices, but argumented statements based on extensive experience and medical knowledge.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2014
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Bestselling author and M.D. Meg Meeker delivers a helpful, survival guide for mothers, who adore their sons. The author begins this interesting manual by sharing personal stories through many years of experience. The author discusses some of her patients she knew when very young, and the drastic changes that came into place, during their teen years. The changes that took place happened not only to the boys, but to their mothers as well. Meg Meeker discusses the mother-son relationship, devoted mothers, and core issues that mothers are confronted with.

The author outlines the unique needs that boys have, while offering encouragement, and practical advice. Meg Meeker discusses the need to exercise courage, and the burden on single mothers, when it comes to raising sons. In addition, the author discusses the crucial importance of loving, when the going gets tough.

Most important, when things go wrong in a relationship, the author explains why outbursts should not be taken personally. A few key factors to making things better would be teaching them how to love, and letting go a little. The reader will learn ways to have a better, healthier, and less stressed relationship.

This clever book is a road map to help mothers become good enough to raise extraordinary sons. This book will guide those mothers, who feel like their efforts, never match up to their expectations. The author discusses who mothers really need to be for their sons, and who they don't need to be.

Meg Meeker also discusses today's society and the pressure on young boys, as their sense of being strong begins to plummet, and they enter the disturbing trend of becoming less motivated to excel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Duncan on June 16, 2014
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Must read for mothers with sons. It gives a great understanding of how mothers think differently than their sons and is very helpful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on July 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It seems to be an unwritten rule in parenting that as soon as you get used to whatever life stage your children are at, they move into another one. My sons are currently thirteen and eleven which means that they are beginning that difficult transition from boys to men. We are clearly in uncharted territory here. Luckily for me, Dr. Meg Meeker, respected pediatrician and author, has written a new book all about parenting these men-in-training (and keeping one’s sanity in the process!)

"Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men" acknowledges that raising sons presents a challenge that raising daughters does not. After all, we women can remember being girls and young women; we can never fully understand what it is like to be male. We still have a very important role to play in our son’s development, however. We “lay the foundation for how he will relate to women for the rest of his life.”

Meeker also emphasizes that no matter how much we might want to also fill the “father” role in his life, we can’t do that. Boys need to have a significant relationship with their father or another male role model if his father isn’t available. What we need to be is the best mother we can be. “This book is about helping every mother understand and accept who she is and who she isn’t . . . to accept that we are good enough, just the way we are, for our sons.”

Meeker shares the importance of spending time with our sons and telling them that we love them, even when they are in the midst of rejecting us in their quest to be independent. “Every boy reaches a time when he needs to make an emotional break from his mother.” Sometimes we simply need to be patient and available, even if it takes months for them to share something with us.
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