What a Difference a Mom Makes HC: The Indelible Imprint a Mom Leaveson Her Son's Life Hardcover – Nov 2012
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Do you want the best for your son?
Do you hope he'll succeed in life?
Do you wish you understood your son better?
Are there times your son thinks so differently from you that you're not quite sure how to relate or respond?
Does his "maleness" sometimes disturb, annoy, or disgust you?
Do you long for him to have strong, healthy friendships and a good relationship with you when he leaves home?
Do you hope to have a great daughter-in-law someday who can also be a friend?
Do you hope your son will be a good daddy?
If these are your dreams and wishes for yourself and your son, What a Difference a Mom Makes is the book for you.
I guarantee it.
From the Back Cover
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.
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I highly recommend this book to mothers of boys.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I am learning so much in this book - learning the importance I have in my sons' life, how I can have an impact on him, discovering my parenting style and how I can be a better parent, handling siblings rivalry (Ah! an eye opened for me) and much more. I also learned how I can prepare my sons to their first date by building self-confidence in them and letting them take mom out on a date to practice (what an ingenious idea!). Though my oldest looked at my bizarre when I mentioned this I think that deep down he is glad that I am willing to take the time to build his confidence and prepare him for his first real date with a girl.
I want to raise boys who will be independent, respect women and be able to pull their weight in the household duties when they are married. And having a book like the one that Dr. Leman has wrote is a blessing for me as it will provide guidance on how to raise my boys and how to be the best mom for them. I suspect that I will go back to this book regularly as the years go by so that I can refine my skills at being a mom for my boys.
If you have boys in your life, I would strongly recommend that you consider the book What a Difference a Mom Makes to discover how to become the best mom for them.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
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Boys have three needs that they need you (their mom) to meet:
1. To be respected.
2. To be needed.
3. To be fulfilled.
And it is up to you to reach out to your son and to affirm in those areas. Your son wants to please you, and even though he may have bright blue hair and embarrass you in front of your friends, he still needs to know that you back him, that you love him, that you need and respect him. This gives you a lot of influence over your son. You can set him up for success.
In WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MOM MAKES, 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 moves out. And the best news? If you didn't discover this book when your son was a newborn, it is never too late to start. Even if your son is nine, thirteen, or twenty-one, you can start today to make a positive imprint on his life.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MOM MAKES is a book that is full of wisdom and advice that share with moms the truth behind sibling squabbles, a secret for discipline that works every time, and how to navigate the critical teen years.
Do you want to capture your son's heart? Want a man you'll be proud of? You can make a difference.
I wish I'd discovered this book when my sons were teenagers. I navigated the critical teen years blindly, and probably not well, using more sarcasm than necessary. I did do some things right, I have the common sense parts down, and my sons did turn out okay (so far). I highly recommend WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MOM MAKES to all mothers with sons, whether their son is hours old or in the teen years. Make sure you grab this book as a baby shower gift or a gift to your favorite mom - or yourself.
But you get a lot more than the stories, you get the equivalent of hours of counseling with the world's best family psychologist. What a bargain! As you work through the pages, Leman asks you to stop and think and write down your answers to his questions. Then he explains why you think and act as you do, and how that affects your parenting and influences your son.
And all along the way Leman assures us that our sons care deeply about pleasing us (who woulda thought?) And we are huge in their lives at every age: "When you open your mouth, you hold your son's welfare in your hands."
My sons are grown, and I used Leman's "reality discipline" while raising them. He has never given me bad advice, so I was happy to buy another Leman book. Even after 29 years of mothering sons, I still learned something. Buy this book.
So you might wonder why would a dad read this book? The way I see it it's very interesting to understand that bond that should exist between a mother and son in order to address some issues that commonly result from bad family, sexual and cultural education we inherit from our ancestors. And you should also be in accordance with your spouse to establish wish areas of the children's life should be reinforced by who; wether the father or the mother. Also as a son it might help you understand what lacked in your relationship between your mother while growing up and mend it answering questions like why did you turn out the way you did. Come to think about it is a good gift for mothers of all ages.
I definitely recommend this book. Dr. Leman's practical way of explaining things and comic everyday examples make the ride worth it! You'll end up prescribing it to your friends as well.