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Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men | [Meg Meeker]

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men

From the moment a mother holds her newborn son, his eyes tell her that she is his world. But often, as he grows up, the boy who needs her simultaneously pushes her away. Calling upon thirty years of experience as a pediatrician, Meg Meeker, MD, a highly sought-after national speaker, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and mother of four, shares the secrets that every mother needs to know in order to strengthen-or rebuild-her relationship with her son.
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From the moment a mother holds her newborn son, his eyes tell her that she is his world. But often, as he grows up, the boy who needs her simultaneously pushes her away. Calling upon thirty years of experience as a pediatrician, Meg Meeker, MD, a highly sought-after national speaker, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and mother of four, shares the secrets that every mother needs to know in order to strengthen-or rebuild-her relationship with her son.

Boys today face unique challenges and pressures, and the burden on mothers to guide their boys through them can feel overwhelming. This empowering book offers a road map to help mothers find the strength and confidence to raise extraordinary sons by providing encouragement, education, and practical advice about:

  • the need for mothers to exercise courage and be bolder and more confident about advising and directing their boys
  • the crucial role mothers play in expressing love to sons in healthy ways so they learn to respect and appreciate women as they grow up
  • the importance of teaching sons about the values of hard work, community service, and a well-developed inner life
  • the natural traps mothers of boys often fall into-and how to avoid them
  • the need for a mother to heal her own wounds with the men in her life so she can raise her son without baggage and limitations
  • the best ways to survive the moments when the going gets tough and a mom's natural ways of communicating-talking, analyzing, exploring-only fuel the fire

When a mother holds her baby boy for the first time, she also instinctively knows something else: If she does her job right and raises her son with self-esteem, support, and wisdom, he will become the man she knows he was meant to be.

©2014 Meg Meeker, M.D. (P)2014 Tantor

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    Karina Olson 05-17-15
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    "If only I had this in 2006!!"

    This book is a great resource for a "mom's life tool box." Although my son is 18 as I read this book, I still felt that the content gave me useful insight and an understanding of what boys need from their moms. Dr. Meekers has an engaging style of writing, it isn't at all over our heads nor is it "clinical" in its approach. While I am not overly enthusiastic about the narrator for the audible presentation, it is more than adequate.
    I was especially helped by Dr. Meekers explanation of the importance that the affirmation of other men has in the lives of our boys. I believe that no singular man is going to provide everything for (even with a great dad) our boys. The more good men our boys have in their lives the better they will be.
    Of course the section on letting go was especially relevant as I approach my son's graduation and the realities of young adulthood and all of the decisions and changes included in that transition.
    "Strong mother's" should be on the required reading list for mom's of boys 11-13 years old, even if it is to determine that you already knew everything she said. If your son is at the end of senior high, it may still be helpful to see some of what makes our young man "tick" if it still eludes you.

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    Mimi 03-31-15
    Mimi 03-31-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book!"

    The author used many stories and examples to explain her points. The book is easy to understand and is very helpful to mothers and even fathers.

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    Cesar 03-09-15
    Cesar 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written"

    Another awesome book by Dr Meeker. This is an answer to my many prayers to God for wisdom about raising my boy. This book helps a mom understand how important we are in the shaping our our sons character. Highly recommend this book!

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    Kat Negrete Concord, CA 03-03-15
    Kat Negrete Concord, CA 03-03-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Comprehensive mommy book"

    Everything you need to know as the mother of a boy!! She covers things I hadn't even thought about and I was almost in tears at the end, thinking of the day I need to say goodbye to my little boy. I'm sure I will reference this book a lot over the years.

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    Timothy YUKON, OK, United States 01-31-15
    Timothy YUKON, OK, United States 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A very good book"

    I took so much time at the beginning writing down my favorite lines. I will need to come back for reference, as my sons are 3 and 8mo. I would have liked more scripture reference. But I really enjoyed the advice Dr Meeker provided.

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