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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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From the Back Cover
Why is a trip to the garbage dump such a highlight in a boy's life?
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.
About the Author
Rick Johnson is founder of Better Dads, a fathering skills program designed to equip men to be more engaged in the lives of their children. That's My Son is based on a seminar Rick developed for single mothers entitled Single Moms--Raising Boys to Become Good Men. He continues to develop and deliver workshops and seminars nationally and internationally for businesses, churches, hospitals, and schools. Rick and his wife, Suzanne, are the parents of two teenagers and live in Gresham, Oregon.
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One example: He talks about how women want to have serious talks with eye contact, etc. That makes boys nervous and they shut down. He suggested talking to them while they are a little occupied. I started hanging out in the driveway with my 10 year old, rebounding his basketball shots, and I was amazed at the things he'd open up about. At first I just listened to whatever was on his mind at the moment, but quickly I would bring up things I wanted to talk about, and he'd respond!
There are a lot of things like that in the book. It is definitely worth buying--I've read it several times and made tons of notes to myself...I go back for a "refresher" once in a while.