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That's My Teenage Son: How Moms Can Influence Their Boys to Become Good Men

That's My Teenage Son: How Moms Can Influence Their Boys to Become Good Men

by Rick Johnson


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The teen years are a vital stage for a boy as he develops into a man. But these years can also make moms feel like they have lost influence in their sons' lives. Friends and media pull one way while Mom pulls the other. How can a mom be sure she is doing everything she can to help her son grow into a mature and responsible adult?

A follow-up to the popular That's My Son, this book helps moms use their considerable influence to help their teenage boys become good men. Moms will learn about

the emotional life of their boys
what changes are taking place in their bodies
how to help them develop healthy sexuality
what boys fear most
what traits they need to learn to grow into good men
how to communicate with them
and how to positively influence their spirituality

Every mother of teen boys will find this a welcome guide and a source of encouragement during the tumultuous years when their boys are growing into men.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800733841
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rick Johnson is a bestselling author of That's My Son; Better Dads, Stronger Sons; and Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half. He is the founder of Better Dads and is a sought-after speaker at many large parenting and marriage conferences across the United States and Canada. Rick, his wife, Suzanne, and their children live in Gresham, Oregon. To find out more about Rick Johnson, visit

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction: One Foot in the World of Boys and One Foot in the World of Manhood 15

1 His Changing Body and Mind: What Happened to My Little Boy? 23

2 Communicating with Teen Boys: Speaking His Language 42

3 Mom and Son: What Young Men Need from Mom 58

4 Dad and Son: What Young Men Need from Dad 77

5 Healthy Masculinity: The Marks of Manhood 96

6 Emotions: Developing a Healthy Emotional Life 111

7 Dangers: There Be Dragons 124

8 Developing a Healthy Sexuality 146

9 Spiritual Legacy: Of Gods and Monsters 169

10 Building Character for a Lifetime 186

11 Self-Discipline: Train Him Up in the Way ... 206

12 Leadership: Teaching Your Son to Be a Leader 219

13 Things Your Son Needs to Know to Court My Daughter 238

Notes 257

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