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:
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
I love reading parenting books. As a single mother, I know I can always do better. This book is very clearly directed towards an older generation or more conventional parents. The information is very basic.
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.
All Meg's parenting publications are a breeze to read or listen through, and her perspective on parenting and explanation of ins and outs of being a successful parent and raising highly functioning adults is beyond amazing. Read it, you'll know what I mean.
It was as if Dr. Meeker was sitting next to me and seeing all of my parenting fails. She explained what I did, why I did it and how to make it better. Excellent parenting book!
I cannot explain with simple words how much this book moved me, made me think, changed me and change my relationship with my son.... I heard the audio book with my husband and changed not only me but him SO MUCH thanks Dr Meeker from the bottom of our hearts, I was working so hard to be a good mom and my life was spinning around my kids and without knowing I was hurting them! God used your book to show me so many things, I can breath better now, I never cried and was relieved at the same time Thank you! I am starting the book again now :)
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!
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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