I'm Outnumbered!: One Mom's Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys

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Boy #1 is a blessing. Boy #2 is a joy. But what happens with boy #3? And what if there is a #4? Or more? Suddenly, Mom is outnumbered. Throw Dad into the mix, and you have enough testosterone to chase Mom out the front door and keep her on the run from dawn to dusk.

A father can tell you a lot about raising boys. Researchers and psychologists can give you a lot of statistics and advice. Other parenting books can generalize. But only a mom of all boys can really explain what life...

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Overview

Boy #1 is a blessing. Boy #2 is a joy. But what happens with boy #3? And what if there is a #4? Or more? Suddenly, Mom is outnumbered. Throw Dad into the mix, and you have enough testosterone to chase Mom out the front door and keep her on the run from dawn to dusk.

A father can tell you a lot about raising boys. Researchers and psychologists can give you a lot of statistics and advice. Other parenting books can generalize. But only a mom of all boys can really explain what life is like when you are surrounded by men. From one "boy-mom" to another, I’m Outnumbered! offers sound advice and encouragement for every mom who has more than one son, even if there's a girl in the mix. Author Laura Lee Groves has raised four redheaded boys and has lived—in fact loves—to tell about it. Her strategy of intentional parenting (guiding moms to see their role as proactive parents) has been gleaned from her own experience, from other boy-moms, and from parenting experts. Her combination of personal anecdotes and authoritative research will show boy-moms how to

  • handle sibling rivalry
  • foster leadership and teamwork
  • combat conflict
  • stay organized
  • love them unconditionally
  • and much more

Laced with touching and humorous stories, this practical manual provides encouragement, inspiration, and information—especially for the outnumbered mom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825427398
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 7/2/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 773,704
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Lee Groves is a high school English and drama teacher who has written for Moody Magazine, Focus on the Family’s Focus on Your Child, Indianapolis Star, and Coral Ridge Ministries. She also has contributed to the upcoming Book Lover’s Devotional and www.KindredHeartWriters.com. The mother of four sons, Laura and her husband, John, live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit www.OutnumberedMom.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

1 Great Expectations 13

2 The Magnet Syndrome (aka Sibling Rivalry) 29

3 Intentional Parenting 47

4 The Education of Boys 65

5 Boy Talk 81

6 The Big O's-Order and Organization 97

7 Media in a Young Man's Life 111

8 Growing Respect 127

9 A Band of Brothers 145

10 A Word from the Boys 155

Appendix A Dad's Part in All of This 165

Appendix B Recommended Reading 171

Appendix C A Special Word to Single Moms Raising Sons 177

Notes 181

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Help For Moms Raising Boys

    This is a good little handbook for moms (and dads) of boys.  I got this because I teach 5th grade boys in Sunday School and thought it may be helpful.  She kept the chapters short because she knows moms are very busy so it is a quick read.  She addresses many issues including expectations, laying a foundation for reading, sibling rivalry, teaching respect, organizing, media, teaching responsibility, and communication. 

    Also included is a special chapter for dads, for single moms, and one from the boys themselves!  Laura Groves also includes an extensive list of recommended books that deal with related topics that she wrote about in this book. 
     
    I think this book would be helpful to any parent of boys especially.  It is sprinkled with some humor and scripture which makes it a very enjoyable and interesting read.  I liked it and am not even a parent but this book makes parenting sound like lots of fun!  As I was reading, I kept thinking of different mothers I know who may benefit from reading this.  Some general advice from I'm outnumbered! is to let boys be creative, don't let them hurt each other, don't play favorites, give them all a chance to be leaders and promote teamwork, treat them as individuals, love them no matter what they do or don't do, teach them manners by challenging them to be honorable like knights. 

    This book would make a great gift for parents of boys.   I highly recommend this book and can't say enough good about it.

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