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5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son Paperback – June 1, 2011
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The book tackles some important topics from humor to sex, to hormones and self-control, this book has a bit of everything within it. Not only does it talk right to the reader, it also shares a plethora of resource for any parent of boys. If you are a parent of boys and have felt concerned about how best to aid them in their development, I highly recommend this great book!
The five conversations are listed below:
Conversation 1: Don't define manhood by the culture's wimpy standards. It's OK to be a man!
Conversation 2: What you don't learn to conquer may become your master
Conversation 3: Not everyone's doing it! (And other naked truths about sex you won't hear in the locker room.)
Conversation 4: Boyhood is only for a season. P.S. It's time to grow up!
Conversation 5: Godly men are in short supply. Dare to become one!
While this book is written by a mom primarily to other mothers, it is useful to both mothers and fathers, as well as youth leaders, children's ministry leaders, and anyone else who has influence in a young man's life. For those in ministry, this book and it's counterpart, 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter, are two books that should be in your library!
I received the galleys of this book from NetGalley.com for the purpose of this review.
Courtney's biggest appeal, I believe, is her transparency...and, well, her honesty that parenting is difficult and she isn't perfect. She tells stories of their successes and failures as parents - and we can all relate to both! The book is a good read, a useful tool for parents looking for resources and information as they navigate parenting boys in a world that has lost its way on what true manhood is.
Most people do not go through parenting training before having a child. There are certifications for handling food, driving, teaching, and even training for employment, but parenting does not have any prerequisites. Maybe this is a mistake, but moving past that point, every parent, as a result, has to go through the experience of learning how to be the best parent they can be – or at least that’s what every parent should do.
Raising boys and girls are two different challenges altogether. They are practically different species in how opposite they are. Courtney uses practical humor in her writing of this book to help illustrate the challenges parents, and specifically moms, face raising boys. But despite those challenges of testosterone and crazy stunts, the issue isn’t the little things that make the experience worth living, but rather making sure your boys know the truths about life before the culture can influence them with falsities.
What lies need to be addressed? In this book, five simple ones: (i) do not define manhood by society’s standards, but know that it’s okay to be a man; (ii) learn how to conquer issues so that they don’t master you; (iii) not everyone is having sex, (iv) learn how to grow up, and (v), how to become a godly man. Each of these five sections are broken down to several chapters that clarify the discussion for parents.
Courtney’s writing is well-versed and humorous, laced with strong truths that I find highly important for parents to know as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful in what to keep in mind for our sons. I like it as its like backwards design and gives practical advice on how to get from step A to B.Published 1 month ago by Michelle Pownall
This is a really great book urging parents to reassure their sons that they do not have to conform to our culture's narrow definition of masculinity. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Riss
Horrible book; large print with space-consuming quotes and research and advice lifted from other books instead of self-generated information (though she'll tell you a lot about how... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Danielle
Awesome book, great insight and advice, I listen to this on my Kindle in a mono tone reader voice and it was still very helpful and even entertaining :-)Published 13 months ago by Adia Nuno
Lots of good things you presume that kids would know instinctively. Not so. This brings those topics to the forefront and makes you think about those topics and how to approach... Read morePublished 18 months ago by MamaMaria