Every mom wants the best for her son. She wants him to succeed in life, to be a man of character, to find a good woman, to be a great dad. But sometimes boys are hard for moms to understand. Sometimes they're strange, annoying, and downright disgusting! Yet always they need a mother who is engaged and interested in them, because a mom is the most important person in a boy's life.In What a Difference a Mom Makes, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman uses his wit and wisdom to show Mom how to lay the groundwork that will allow her son to grow into a good man. Armed with Dr. Leman's expert advice and insight, Mom will gain an understanding of her boy at every stage, from that very first diaper change to the moment he leaves for college. Dr. Leman shows how to discipline a boy, how to command respect, how to let him fight his own battles, how to understand his sexuality, and how to weather the changes in the mother-son relationship as he grows up. Most of all, Leman shows Mom how to lighten up and have some fun along the way with that boy who will always have her heart.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About 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 four grandchildren.
Table of Contents
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
About Dr. Kevin Leman 255
Resources by Dr. Kevin Leman 257