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Friday, August 12, 2011

5 conversations you must have with your son review

Book Description:

From the cradle to college, tell your sons the truth about life before they believe the culture's lies.

For parents with boys newborn to eighteen, 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son will be as much a part of the boyhood journey as those Legos you're still finding under the sofa cushions and the garage full of sports equipment. Award-winning youth culture commentator Vicki Courtney helps moms and dads pinpoint and prepare the discussions that should be ongoing in a boy's formative years.

Fully addressing the dynamic social and spiritual issues and other influencers at hand, several chapters are written for each of the conversations, which are:

1. Don't define manhood by the culture's wimpy standards; it's okay to be a man!

2. What you don't learn to conquer may become your master.

3. Not everyone's doing it! (And other naked truths about sex you won't hear in the locker room.)

4. Boyhood is only for a season. P.S. It's time to grow up!

5. Godly men are in short supply-dare to become one!

The book also offers invaluable tips on having these conversations across the various stages of development: five and under, six to eleven, and twelve and up.

My Review:

Vicki Courtney's honesty and sincerity make this book a wonderful read rather than a finger pointing, you could do better book.  While the conversations aren't always easy ones, they are all necessary.  I found myself identifying men that lived lives that either demonstrated they had needed a few of these conversations or that their parents had given them.

Courtney gives real life examples of both the good and the bad, even including her own boy's lives at times.  She makes sure the reader understands that these aren't one time only things, they are lessons that need to be repeated and that parents need to show in their own lives.  I love that she gives pointers for the mom's when dealing with "guy" topics in case dad isn't around or just isn't comfortable with it.  I also enjoyed that there were special pages just for dad and that there are links included with each chapter to view more resources online.

This book is for parents of boys, no matter what the age, for each stage has a lesson to be learned.

I received this book at no cost and no obligation.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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