Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What a Difference a Mom Makes by Dr. Kevin Lema

Dr. Kevin Leman Tells Why A Mom’s Relationship with Her Son Matters Uniquely- And How to Make It Stronger At Every Age

“You’ve always dreamed of having that precious little daughter – one who is a little replica of you. And then you show up at the doctor’s office for your sonogram. “What’s that?” you say pointing at a little something you can’t quite place on the blurry black-and-white image. And the doc says, “That’s a penis.” You frown, not understanding. “My daughter’s got a penis?” Then realization dawns. “A boy?” Inside you start to panic. What do I do with a boy? I don’t know a thing about boys! Ah, but you will.”

For some moms, sons are confusing right from that first diaper change on. But by the time a mom makes it through the treasures a boy brings home in his pockets during grade school, the extra dirt her boy seems to find every time he goes outside, and the changes that puberty and driving privileges bring, she’s sure of only one thing- she does not understand boys!

 But if any of that tempts a mom to leave the big stuff to Dad, she’s missing out on an amazing opportunity, says Dr. Kevin Leman. “Of all the people in the world, you, Mom, make the biggest difference in your son’s world.” Leman says “He’ll never reveal it to you straight out, so I’ll say it plainly. Your boy wants to please you. And that driving need will stay with him for a lifetime.”

 By recognizing the deepest desire of her son, a mom can speak into her son’s life in ways that help him develop good relationships with other women, understand his own sexuality, fight his own battles, and command respect.

And along the way, it is possible, Leman believes, to learn some key coping skills for parenting your son and keeping a sense of humor along the way. True, moms may never understand why some things are funny to your son that are just disgusting to you, but you can still embrace the chance to leave an indelible imprint on your son’s life with fun and grace.

I don't have any boys, but this book is sure a wonderful one for anyone who does.  I have read many of Dr. Leman's books and wanted to see what he says about the imprint a mom leaves on her son's life.  You always hear about great men in America and how their mom had much to do with how they turned out.  Dr. Leman seems to hit the nail on the head as he lays out a mom's influence on her son.  You couldn't ask for a better book on Mom/Son relationship, how it should be; Leman has it all covered right here in this book. 

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, humorist, and New York Times bestselling author of Have a New Kid by Friday. He is the author of many books, including The Birth Order Book, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, Have a New Husband by Friday, and Have a New Teenager by Friday. He is a radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and common-sense psychology. He has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, including Fox & Friends, The View, Today, Oprah, The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and Focus on the Family. He has also served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America. Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and two grandchildren.

You may visit Dr. Leman's web site here.

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“Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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