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That's My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character Paperback – July 1, 2005
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Have you ever been confused by what makes your son tick? Do you sometimes find yourself wondering why your boy acts the way he does? Well, you're not alone. If boys are going to grow into men of integrity, they must learn loyalty, compassion, honor, courage, and perseverance as children. Let's be honest: raising sons to be good men is a tremendous challenge.
Recognizing the incredible value of a mother's influence on her son's life, Rick Johnson offers a practical, commonsense approach to help moms like you prepare for the challenges that will come as your boy grows. In That's My Son, Johnson combines refreshing honesty with extensive research and humorous insight to tackle topics like communication, sexuality, discipline, and respect.
Maybe you're a little overwhelmed at the idea of raising your son to be a man of character. Or perhaps you're wondering how to talk with your boy so that he will listen. Whatever your situation, you will find wise counsel and encouragement in this helpful and reassuring book.
Rick Johnson is founder of Better Dads, a fathering skills program that allows him to deliver seminars to businesses, churches, hospitals, prisons, and schools across the Northwest.
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Rick speaks at many large conferences across the US and Canada including MOPS International conventions, Promise Keepers Canada events, Design 4 Living women's conferences, and Iron Sharpens Iron men's conferences. He is a popular keynote speaker at men's and women's retreats and conferences on parenting and marriage.
He is a nationally recognized expert in several areas having been asked to deliver papers at venues such as the County of Los Angeles Child Abuse Prevention Conference and the State of New York Fatherhood Conference. Rick's work with men and fathers was recognized when he was invited to the White House as part of the "Champions of Change" ceremony in 2012.
Prior to becoming a bestselling author and speaker, Rick was a small business owner for 16 years, owning and operating an environmental engineering firm. He attended George Fox University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Organizational Leadership, and has a Masters Degree in Education from Concordia University. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, has served on the Board of Directors for several community and business associations, and coaches high school basketball in his spare time. Rick has been featured in many national publications such as New Man Magazine, Crosswalk.com, Christianity.com, Christianity Today's Men of Integrity, Relevant Magazine, Pentecostal Evangel, Thriving Family, and Proverbs 31 Ministries Magazine.
Rick has appeared on over 250 radio programs and television shows around the United States and Canada. He is the former co-host of a live, weekly radio show and a frequent guest host of other local programs. Rick is actively involved with the men's and family ministries as well as speaking from the pulpit at various churches.
Rick and his wife Suzanne have two (nearly) adult children and live in Gresham, Oregon.
Top Customer Reviews
*Have you ever found yourself frustrated time and time again at the ridiculous, anti-productive conversations with the males in your life?
*Do you get angry at what you perceive as the laziness of your son, nephews, brothers, fathers, husbands or male co-workers, when you are sure they are perfectly capable of what is wanted or needed?
*Does it seem like the harder you try the more frustrated everyone gets as the communication gap becomes insurmountably larger? Does it begin to feel then like you are "nagging"?
* Are you ever shocked to see how busy, loud, defiant or mean your boy seems?
*Are you a single mother bound by guilt that controls your parenting?
*Do you ever ask yourself, "what am I missing here" or "what am I doing wrong" when it comes to busy, macho, daring and fearless boys/men?
If you answered, "yes" to any or all of these, this book is a must read for you. I couldn't believe that such a small book could so thoroughly cover all this and more.
Much to my happiness, I found some pretty simple but undeniable truths in this book that I have put to the test with my son. I am having dramatically different interactions with dramatically different results. I always knew my 14-year-old son, was a good man, I just did not know how to tap into it. I now proudly look at my young man and say, "That's My Son," and he's turning into a real man, a good man, a man of integrity.
Update: It's been quite some time since I wrote this review and felt I needed to update it. My son is now going on 16 and I'm still using the practical, simple principles in this book with AMAZING results!
But I am a father of three boys (and a girl). I've also served fifteen years as a pastor and counselor, and I've become well acquainted with the frustration and grief of moms (especially single moms) trying to understand the seemingly incomprehensible: juvenile maledom. I've known many males--juvenile and adult--who have been raised by moms who couldn't (or didn't try to) figure them out. And I've known the deeply wounded wives, girlfriends, and children of these boys-become-men-who-remain-boys.
Thank God, moms now have Rick Johnson's book, That's My Son. Speaking from his own experience as a son, a parent of a son, and the coach and seminar teacher of hundreds (maybe by now thousands) of moms--Johnson offers wise, insight-filled, down-to-earth guidance for mothers of boys. He explains how and why boys are different from girls psychologically and spiritually. He shows what boys need in order to become men of strong, healthy character, and how even single moms can find ways to provide for these needs. And he gives practical steps moms can take to raise a boy well--how to communicate in a boy's "language," how to discipline a boy effectively, and several other areas of importance.
Johnson is a great story-teller, and he uses stories from his own experience and that of others, sometimes with humor, always with compassion. I highly recommend this book to any mother of a male.
If you're a mom and you're passionate about raising your son to be a man of character, a man of integrity, a man of virtue, a leader then you must read "That's My Son".
There are a plethora of wonderful Christian books about raising boys, from Robert Lewis' "Raising A Modern Day Knight" to Steve Farrar's "King Me". But, none of them are written specifically for the woman of the home, the mother. Mr. Johnson has filled that void and done it comprehensively.
There are only three parenting books that I keep in my library, to reference again and again. "The Mission of Motherhood" and "The Ministry of Motherhood" by Sally Clarkson and "That's My Son" by Rick Johnson.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
every mother,also the fathers should read this book excellant readingPublished 3 months ago by Donald Frinskie
Very encouraging, helpful tips for mothers of sons gives insight to every aspect of your sons makeup best for moms who have a son thats at least 4 years oldPublished 4 months ago by Kendra
I thought this book would be appropriate for me as the mother of two boys but I soon discovered it is aimed specifically towards single mothers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Dunham
A great book with amazing wisdom! It truly gave me divine insight on how a son needs to be loved and nurtured to grow into a man without stripping him from his masculinity. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Surqui
Great book if you are a single mom raising boys! Or even if you are not a single parent and raising boys!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amanda
Just started reading it and so far I love it. Fast shipping. Recommended for moms of boys!Published 7 months ago by liz