What a Difference a Mom Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Mom Leaves on Her Son's Life

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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.

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Overview

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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"A savvy parenting expert explains the common-sense approaches moms need to prepare their sons for life and preserve themselves along the way. Dean Gallagher narrates this outstanding guide with friendly urgency. His youthful voice and optimistic tone help make the advice sound reasonable and easy to put into practice. He brings home the message that in spite of their protests, boys need acceptance from their moms and a steady diet of clear expectations and consistent consequences. With vivid, confidence-inspiring scenarios that range from the toddler to late-teen years, Leman shows how moms can use their authority without being authoritarian and how they can be more loving and empathetic without enabling irresponsible behavior. With a performance that fits this material perfectly, this is a stress-reducing, empowering message that every mom should hear."
T.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800734329
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 159,839
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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 former consulting psychologist for Good Morning America and is a frequent guest on national media, including Fox & Friends, Oprah, The Early Show, and Focus on the Family. He and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and two grandchildren.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction: Boys Will Be Boys-Always 15

You panic. "I don't know a thing about boys!" Ah, but you will.

1 Your Boy Doesn't Need to Wear a Skirt (But He Does Need a Good Dose of Femininity) 19

You, Mom, leave an indelible imprint on your child. Here's why.

2 Planning Your Toddler's Wedding 37

Want a boy who will be a great husband for your future daughter-in-law and a great father for your grandchildren? Here's how. (By the way, did you know that you also play a large role in picking your future daughter-in-law?)

3 What Kind of Parent Are You? 61

What influenced you to become the parent you are? What's your parenting style-and how does that affect Little or Big Fletcher?

4 Understanding Fletcher 79

Why is Fletcher the way he is? Why do he and his siblings squabble? Here are the secrets to knowing when to step in and when to butt out and let them handle it.

5 Discipline That Works-Every Time 101

Say no to those daily battles with your son with a no-fail plan.

6 Ages and Stages #1: From Infant and Toddler to Early School Age 125

Each step in the journey of growing up has its joys … and its challenges. Here's how you can get off to a great start and make the best of this time of transition.

7 Ages and Stages #2: From Middle School to High School 145

Each step in the journey of growing up has its joys … and its challenges. Here's how you can make the best of both and help your child step up to the plate on his own.

8 Guess What His Favorite Body Part Is 161

There's no escaping our sex-laden world or a boy's growing interest in sex. But how you respond to and address your son's sexuality can make all the difference in his perspective.

9 Doormat, Dishrag, or Strong and Smart? 179

How do you treat yourself, Mom? And how do the men in your life treat you? Now's the time to stand up for yourself-for the sake of your son and his future relationships.

10 On Duty or MIA? 195

Does your son have an actively involved father or an emotionally or physically MIA daddy? Here's what to do with each one.

11 Are You "Velcro Woman"? 213

You're mighty, but you're only one woman. So how can you juggle everything? Here are hints for sorting out what's important from what's not.

12 Your Someday Man 231

Someday the little boy with the bandaged knees and that mouthy, hormone-laden teenager will become a man. But the work you do now to capture his heart will pay off-just wait and see.

Epilogue: Good OP Mom 243

I'd never be where I am today if it weren't for my mom, who believed in me despite all evidence to the contrary.

The Top 10 Countdown to Being an Awesome Mom 249

Notes 251

About Dr. Kevin Leman 255

Resources by Dr. Kevin Leman 257

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    L-O-V-E this book.

    My husband and I adopted our Son from the foster care system when he was 5 months old. I LOVE how Dr Leman includes adoptive moms in his writing. I have know how special I am to my Son and hoe influential I am in his life however this book really solidified how crucial my relationship is with my Son. GREAT job Dr. Leman!

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  • Posted October 2, 2012

    Love it!

    I am a mom of 2 wonderful boys and I really enjoyed reading this book. It put some things into perspective for me :)

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