Friday, September 7, 2012

What a Difference a Mom Makes by Dr. Kevin Leman - Reviewed

About the Book: (from Revell Publishing)

Boys will be boys--always.

And no one has a more powerful impact on them than you, Mom.

Surprise! Your boy wants to please you, and he cares deeply about what you think. Those driving needs will stay with him throughout his lifetime. That gives you, Mom, a lot of influence over your son. You can set him up for success in life.

In What a Difference a Mom Makes, the New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman reveals how you can make a positive imprint on your son--from the moment you first hold him in your arms until the moment he leaves for college. And the best news? It's never too late to start, no matter what age your son is now.

Through Dr. Leman's expert advice, you'll understand who your son is on the inside, the truth behind sibling squabbles (and how to handle them), a secret for discipline that works every time, and how to navigate the critical teen years. You'll also discover how your parenting style impacts your relationship with your son and how you can respond in a healthy way to his growing interest in sex and relationships.

Want to capture your boy's heart? Want a man you'll be proud to call your son? You can make a difference, because you are the one who matters most in your boy's world.

Even if he won't admit it.

My Thoughts:
I'm still reading this book.  I'm having mixed emotions.  I'm mom to two teen boys, and I've recognized several areas where my parenting is totally lacking.  Other areas I'm doing okay in.  But the bottom line for me, without God in my life, and in the lives of my sons, none of it really matters.  I'm so thankful I don't have to do this by myself. God is ever present to lead, guide, correct, admonish and forgive.

Parenting is the greatest challenge in life, with eternal consequences.  This book sheds light on behaviors that are both positive and negative.  Approached with a teachable heart, this book can help you grow as a parent and have a positive effect on both your life and the lives of your sons!  I'm happy to recommend it to you!  I'm reading slowly and taking notes!

About the Author:
Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. He has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, including The View,TodayOprah, CBS's The Early Show, CNN'sAmerican Morning, and LIFE Today with James Robison. He has also served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America.

A bestselling and award-winning author, Dr. Leman has written more than 30 books about marriage and family issues, including The Birth Order BookSheet MusicMaking Children Mind without Losing Yours, and Have a New Kid by Friday. He is coauthor, with his son Kevin Leman II, of a series of illustrated children's books for each child in the family. He is also featured on 6 video series on marriage, parenting, blended families, and single parenting.

Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have 5 children and 2 grandchildren.

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