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

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

by Laura Lee Groves


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825427398
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 07/02/2010
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.

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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I'm Outnumbered!: One Mom's Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TizzzieLish on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Practical suggestions on raising boys. It is well-researched and well-written, and Bible-based. I would have enjoyed more personal stories from her male-oriented household.
TheLoopyLibrarian on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I¿m Outnumbered is well-researched and spiritually sound. Groves¿ experience in raising four boys gives her an authoritative voice. As a mother myself, I found her advice to be wise and insightful. However, I had hoped that with a household of four sons, Groves would have shared more personal stories of humor. With the ¿lively art of raising boys¿ in the subtitle, I was expecting a livelier book. Instead it was kind of dry and a bit too didactic. Nevertheless, it is a useful resource with creative ideas for moms who find themselves ¿outnumbered.¿
LynndaEll on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book was written especially for me. No, I'm not a mother of boys. I came from a family with two daughters and I bore two daughters in my own family. Now however, I have FOUR grandsons! With such a history of women in my life, I had no idea that bringing up boys was so different from raising girls. Laura Lee Groves quickly set me straight in her book, "I'm Outnumbered!" This short, pithy book clearly presents the opportunities and hazzards in raising boys. It gives me ways to connect with my grandsons that were totally outside my experience. As I read about Ms. Groves adventures, I couldn't help comparing my own mothering experiences and laughing heartily over the differences. If boy children are in your life, I recommend that you get a copy of "I'm Outnumbered!" for your own piece of mind.Thank you, LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, for a free copy of the book.
FamilyResourceCenter on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Laura Lee Groves has created an engaging and insightful book for Christian mothers of boys. ¿I¿m Outnumbered¿ is well-researched and integrates scripture with practical strategies for parenting. Groves also includes families with girls, and much of the information would be useful for any multi-child household. In general, a short and enjoyable guide for moms.
Readerwoman on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I found the overly Christian focus of this book both distracting and beside the point - which was the raising of boys, especially in an all boy (except for mom!) household. There are some good solid pieces of advice in this book. For example: In communicating with the very young boy, get on the floor with your child (or at eye level) as you talk with him. Ask questions and give him a chance to respond. Provide a play telephone or play microphone to encourage his chatter. Ms. Groves provides ideas on maintaining each boy's individuality, teaching them leadership and teamwork. She encourages parental involvement in reading, television watching and in the use of technology. I don't feel her advice particularly strong in dealing just with boys, though - moms of girls AND boys will find useful ideas and methods in the book, if they are strongly grounded in the Christian faith, or if they can overlook that aspect of Groves' writing .
ladytaluka on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book was an easy read. I didn't think the information was that amazing though, so I only gave it 3.5 stars. The mother raised 4 boys and shared some of her experiences with that. I enjoyed reading it (having 3 boys of my own) and will probably read some of the books she referenced as well.She is a devout Christian and shared lots of scriptures...which was fine with me, but might bother some other readers. If you are looking for a book that addresses good moral values though, this would be a good read.
NQTBradyBunch on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book has been a fun read for me--and one that has left me wanting more. Laura often quotes other books/authors, to the point that I wanted to read a number of the other books she had quoted. However, I did find it particularly helpful in that she doesn't just give vague "this is how you should do this," but rather, she cites specific examples of how to engage with my son(s) in ways that might not otherwise have occurred to me. I was frustrated a time or two with her references to see a different part of the book (she has a section for families with some girls, in addition to multiple boys, a section for single moms, a section where the reader gets to hear from the boys' perspectives, etc.)--it was as much a cliffhanger as anything, for me, as I try to read a book (particularly when I am due to review it ASAP!) from beginning to end with little or no jumping back and forth (I get sidetracked and never finish a book when I start that). Still, though, the book is thoughtfully written and well-organized; she gives hints for every stage in life, from the time they are babies and until they leave for college and beyond. Many of the suggestions will work well for ALL families (family dinners, being organized, everyone helps out, age-appropriate chores, etc.), but Laura also does a fantastic job of pointing out how we might sometimes relate differently to our daughters than we do our sons, thereby shortchanging them the opportunity to learn better communication and empathy. I have dog-eared numerous pages for further and frequent review, and will keep this one in a handy location!
WCallister on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Very insightful. Helps understand boys and the joys and hardships of raising them.
MyFunnyDadHarryAuthor More than 1 year ago
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.