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Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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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.
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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. She also discusses confusion in boys as they enter their teen years, issues with self-esteem, and becoming strong. In conclusion, the author conveys that mothers need to understand and accept who she is, and who she isn't.
To sum it up in this survival guide, Meg Meeker highlights that it's never too late to repair a relationship, to fix what's broken, and how important it is to know how to handle emotional pain. The golden key to unlock the door from depression and anxiety is knowing what crucial steps are needed to repair a broken relationship, and love must be there through the good, and the tough times. In order to give full support, mothers must understand themselves first, in order to build a solid, healthy and loving relationship with their sons. This inspiring book motivates throughout, and makes you think, long after this book is closed. Interesting, informative, and concise. Highly recommended!
"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. “It’s a few words of encouragement during the day, exercising patience with him when he really needs it, or giving him a smile of affirmation when he feels like a failure that can change how he feels about himself and his life.”
While the chapter on talking with your son about sex is probably the most difficult to read and put into practice, although obviously extremely important, the chapter on wisdom and responsibility is the one with the eternal ramifications. We need to teach our sons that they need to be willing to ask God for help. We need to pray with and for them. As mothers, we also need to acknowledge that “we don’t own our sons.” They ultimately belong to God. Ultimately, we need to let go and fully put him in God’s hands because our little boys grow into men who no longer need us.
That doesn’t mean that they won’t choose to have a relationship with us. “It really is in the letting go of our sons that we get them back. They return to us as men who are free from our needs and confident in themselves. . . Now it is time for them to be men who want, who among other things, to enjoy the company of their dear mother.”
Meeker shares the beautiful story of Fr. John Riccardo. He said “that it was at the moment that his mother gave him to God that he felt something deep and wonderful change in their relationship. He said that from that point forward, they enjoyed a new closeness that they had never experienced before. It was a closeness he knew they would never have had if his mother had not said goodbye to him.”
Not all of us will have the honor of raising a priest, but at some point, we all need to say goodbye to the parenting stage of raising our sons and move into an adult relationship with them. "Strong Mothers, Strong Sons" is a great guide to navigating the turbulent teen years and coming out on the other side with a quality relationship with our sons.