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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (Sept. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080072173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721732
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Banks TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 29 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have a one-year-old son, and so when I was offered this book to review, I jumped at the chance. I want to be the best mother that I can be. I want my son to grow to be a man of God, a man of honor and integrity, a man that I can be proud of. Though the advice given is not new, Dr. Leman presents it in a way that is easy to read, and challenging to follow. I appreciate how he breaks down the roll of mother at different periods of a boy's life. I know that no two people are the same, and my son may not follow the patterns set out in the book, but it does give me an idea of the direction that I'm heading. What I really liked about the book was the goal. This book isn't about getting your boy to behave today, it's about training him to be a man, starting today. As I said, my son is only a year, but there are things that I can do with him now to help him be the best man that he can be, and I'm dedicated to that cause.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Canadianladybug TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 21 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have three boys (and a girl) - all different from each other. There are days I wonder how to deal with them. Other ones I love them to pieces. I homeschool my boys (and their sister) and I have learned quite a bit about raising them through the years. But I also know I can learn more about raising boys and siblings (being from a family of one child). So when the opportunity came for me to review a title from none other than Dr. Kevin Leman, I jumped on it because I knew that I will come out a better mom through reading this book.

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.
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By Mylene on Sept. 24 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have read several books from Kevin Leman and have never been disappointed. Being the mom of 3 (including 2 sons) I was looking for this kind of book. Not yet done reading, but really happy with its content. Its not just a book, but a tool that I will use for the years to come, then perhaps pass it along to my kids when they become parents. Highly recommend it.
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By Kav TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 30 2012
Format: Hardcover
One of the best parenting books I've ever read. Dr. Leman has an incredible delivery; a brilliant combination of wit and wisdom...and oh my goodness but he's frank! The writing style is easy to digest while packing a wallop in a thought-provoking way. I really enjoyed how the author not only addressed child psychology but mom psychology as well. There's a chapter entitled Doormat, Dishrag or Strong and Smart that I think every woman should read whether she is the mother of a son or not. An excellent addition to any library shelf.

"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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What a Difference a Mom Makes Sept. 1 2012
By Lollipops - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Boys will be boys--always. And no one has a more powerful impact on them than you, Mom.

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.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
"Spot on!" Mom Sept. 27 2012
By Ruthi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I grew up with a brother and male cousins; I raised two sons, so trust me, Ladies, when I tell you this book is "spot on." Guys can seem so weird at times, but Leman explains them all and makes it fun. You should buy this book just to enjoy the stories in it.
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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great Read Even for Dads! Sept. 4 2012
By Manuel Sheran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I purchased this book as a gift to my wife. Little did I know that It would prove to be very insightful for me as well. I first purchased What a difference a daddy makes also from Dr. Leman and it has helped me a lot in building a strong bond between my daughter and me. After that, I purchased The Birth Order Book and I got so hooked on Leman's Birth Order Theory that I now use it as a reference in the human resource recruiting process of my company. Yeah, it's that good!
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great read! Oct. 14 2012
By bran1024 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a Christian, mom, and avid reader, I'm always looking for something new and mind-provoking to read. I purchased WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MOM MAKES after hearing Dr. Kevin Leman speak at our annual back to school teacher convocation. I am a firstborn and a mother to two. My oldest is a four year old little boy who has all the characteristics of the typical first born child himself. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MOM MAKES really lead me to think about what things are going through his mind when we are interacting. The book gave advice and discipline strategies for all ages and stages of development and was even more helpful with the personal accounts from other moms utilizing these strategies throughout the book. I highly recommend all mothers of boys read this book and intend to refer to it throughout the coming years as my own son grows and changes!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
EVERY Mom of boys needs this book!!!!! Oct. 10 2012
By FAT PANTS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a mom of four young boys and I think I underlined almost the entire book. Seriously, so much helpful information about how to be a better mom to my boys. I am passing this on to all my friends.

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