What a Son Needs from His Mom

What a Son Needs from His Mom

by Cheri Fuller

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Ever Feel Like Your Son Is From a Different Planet?

Don't worry, Mom. There's a good reason why your son perplexes you. He's the OPPOSITE sex! Boys really do think, communicate, and process the world differently than girls. But no matter your son's age, he needs you, and he needs you in not-so-apparent ways.
Drawing from her own experiences, as well as those from moms and sons from around the country, Cheri Fuller shares what makes boys and young men tick and how to become a more welcome influence at every stage in their lives. She answers all the top questions, including:

"How can I help my son (and me!) deal with his emotions in a healthy way?"
"School is such a struggle. How can I help him?"
"Our personalities are SO different. How can we get on the same page?"
"My son hardly says a thing. What can I do?"
"What are the best ways to instill good values?"
"How can I encourage a lasting faith in God?"

With page after page of use-it-today advice and encouraging stories, this book will help you steer your son toward becoming a caring, confident young man.

Includes Reflection Questions for Personal or Group Use

Great for understanding grandsons, too!

"Some mother-son relationships seem to add credence to the adage that 'men are from Mars, women are from Venus.' Even mothers who have a
close bond with their sons may think they harbor a complete stranger when their male offspring reach puberty. Fuller is a speaker and author, as well as mother of three (two boys and a girl) and grandmother of six. She lists specific activities that all sons need from their mothers, such as encouragement, communication, prayer, and confidence-building. She adds questions at each chapter's end to 'ponder, journal or discuss,' lending the book to both individual and group study. Recommended for the parenting section of any church library." --Church Libraries

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441260604
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 200,950
File size: 939 KB

About the Author

Cheri Fuller is an inspirational speaker and the author of twenty-eight books with more than one million copies sold, including the best-selling When Mothers Pray. Winner of the Gold Medallion award for Extraordinary Kids (coauthored by Louise Pucker Jones) and finalist for When Families Pray, Fuller is a prolific author who has written hundreds of articles for Focus on the Family, Guideposts, Better Homes and Gardens, Moody, CHILD, Pray! Magazine, and many others. She is a contributing editor for Today's Christian Woman and her web site, CheriFuller.com features her column, "Mothering by Heart." She and her husband live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Cheri Fuller (www.cherifuller.com) is a gifted speaker and award-winning author of more than forty-five books, including What a Son Needs From His Mom and the bestselling When Mothers Pray. A former Oklahoma Mother of the Year, Cheri has worked with kids of all ages and is the executive director of the nonprofit organization Oklahoma Messages Project. She and her husband, Holmes, live in Oklahoma and have three grown children (a girl and two boys) and six wonderful grandchildren.

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What a Son Needs From His Mom 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
Cheri Fuller is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of over 40 books including The Mom You’re Meant to Be: Loving Your Kids While Leaning on God and the bestselling When Mothers Pray. Her books have been translated into many languages and her speaking ministry provides encouragement to people throughout the world. I think as a Dad, I’m the exception to the rule of the gender who buys and reads parenting books. I love my Doctor Spock and refer to every time my kid acts sick or weird. More often it is the Mother who reads up on child behavior; and I think especially when there is a difference between the sexes like between Mother and Son, a book like this is needed. Fuller is both Mother and Grandmother and so she brings a lot of experience to her book and it is rich with her own stories and anecdotes….a nd this is not some “bite-sized” devotional either. Reading this book will have you reaching for your pen, circling entire paragraphs and have you thinking that it’s one of those books you’ll have to read again as your son continues to grow. Fuller’s book is quite extensive and offers a wide range of subjects  Her chapters include how to give your son confidence, how you can help him overcome his fears. How you can understand your son’s personality and how you can help him develop his character. As a Christian, Fuller will also offer her advice in helping Mothers raise sons with a mature faith and to pursue a life of purpose. This is a great book and well needed in today’ world Thank you to Bethany House for this review copy for a fair and honest review
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
Cheri Fuller's new book is a mom-to-mom talk about the unique joys and challenges that come when you are raising sons. "Sons are just so different!" A new mom might say, "I don't know how to raise a boy!"  What Cheri might say to moms: Don't Panic! Son's are going to be different from daughters because God designed and defined masculinity to be different from femininity. And second- your son needs his Mom! Moms can nurture their son's faith, teach them the precepts of God, and share the Gospel with them, as we are commanded in Deuteronomy 6. Moms can be their son's confidante, and his source of wisdom, as King Lemuel's mother was in Proverbs 31. Moms can raise sons who will love their future wives and children even better because of the love they were given. Moms can raise adventurous, brave, faithful, true sons, who become strong, Godly men. Moms can help their sons grow up to be warriors for God's Kingdom, Men After God's Own Heart. And this book offers wisdom for the journey. Cheri Fuller spoke to hundreds of Moms and Sons and included their thoughts in this book. The thoughts of these moms will prove a comfort and encouragement to a new mother who worries that she just won't understand her boy, and won't be able to help him grow up into a man. The sons who are quoted explain what their mothers did that helped form and shape them, and their answers too will be a comfort, because what impacted them most deeply were the things that every mom can give. Her Love. Her Godly Wisdom. Her Encouragement. These sons were given: God's Word and His Gospel, Love from their Mom, Godly discipline, Forgiveness and grace, A listening ear, Praise for their efforts, Encouragement to press on Help when they needed it. These sons were given work to do, Problems to solve, Situations to resolve, and they learned responsibility and skills as they grew. Their moms discipled their sons, they helped them in their schooling, in their work, in their relationships with family and friends. Cheri writes about understanding your son's unique personality, connecting and communicating with him through the years, understanding how he learns, and developing his character by giving him lots of good books. Isn't that a novel idea, pun intended? Books like Tolkien, the Ralph Moody Series, G. A. Henty and Ballantyne will build courage and character indeed. You live the adventure in the book, and then when your own comes you are ready. {Also, from what I can tell, a few of those Vision Forum swords that bruise your knuckles when they hit you are much appreciated by sons.} What a Son Needs from His Mom contains encouragement and counsel for all of those areas. With Cheri's own experience as a mom of two sons, the many insights from moms and sons she talked to, and with wisdom from people like Edith Schaeffer, this book provides a lot of reminders about how much sons need their moms, and a lot of help for the mom of sons. This brings me to one of the things that stood out strongest to me: the need for a mom to put aside her fears as she raised her son. Lots of things boys need to do are scary for the moms to watch! In Cheri's book, we read about a son who began a horse training business. He worked hard, and his customers were satisfied. Until one horse came that refused all his efforts. This son sat with his mom on the trampoline in the back yard, all but crying, convinced he had failed and needed to send all the horses back. His mom let him talk himself out. I am sure she was praying for him the whole time. She told him to ask God for help, and then she told him she thought he could train this horse, and then she tried help him figure out some ideas. With renewed confidence, and the knowledge that his mom was behind him, this son tried again and again until he trained that horse and took a check to the bank. The boy will never forget that night when his mom encouraged and prayed for him.     I can imagine how scary this must have been for this mom. She is letting her son wrangle horses- animals that can be dangerous- and he is good at it and earning money while doing it. Now he is having trouble, and is tempted to give up. Imagine the fear that she must have fought to give him courage! I know I would have been afraid of all those things.    Think of the mom who lets her son learn to fire guns, to shoot straight, whose son goes deer hunting and guts the deer once he has killed it. He has learned how to feed his family, how to use guns right and how to do hard work well. And if he cuts the deer up once he takes it to be registered, and if he makes hamburger and wraps the meat to freeze and then cooks some of it for dinner, we have even more skills!    This stood out to me, because raising sons to be Godly men sure sounds interesting, if a little nerve wracking at times! I received What a Son Needs From His Mom from Bethany House to review.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: From the moment you looked at the ultrasound you knew you were in over your head. How on earth is a girl supposed to understand a boy? And now God’s given you a boy to nurture, teach, and guide. Each boy may be different but not one of them thinks like a female so you need to prepare yourself for the inevitable. It’s going to be a challenge but you can do it. God has equipped you with the tools and What a Son Needs From His Mom will show you how to use them! Hott Review: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You Bethany House & Cheri Fuller. I loved every word of this book. I detest non-fiction but this book felt like I was sitting down to coffee with a friend discussing how to better handle the kids, how to better react, and how to help them unleash their potential while still nurturing a relationship that will last a lifetime. This is a great read and I recommend it to parents, grandparents, and mentors of all males! More… Author: Cheri Fuller Source: Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley Grade: A
SarahHeathNielsen More than 1 year ago
Cheri Fuller embarks on a great mystery; what exactly is my son thinking and how can I help him? Our sons are 27, 25 and 22 and I wish I had read this book 28 years ago. But, I will give it to my young mother friends who are just starting their joyful journey raising a son. I love how Cheri's wisdom incorporates prayerful waiting on God, letting go and keeping our mouths closed when appropriate. Cheri's encouragement walks alongside us moms when we wonder how to best love these guys. Read it.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book because of my six year old son. And I'm so thankful I did. Most of the ideas/concepts in this book are not new. But everyone needs a reminder from time to time. Fuller stresses the importance of encouraging, listening, and understanding your son. Each chapter is an encouragement to me as a mother and inspires me to try even harder to be there for my son. It's definitely a book I'll be keeping so I can read it again in the future. Each chapter begins with a quote and ends with discussion questions to further more thoughts into the subject. This would make a great Bible study for mothers as well. The author writes well and the book flows smoothly. It was fun and enjoyable to read, while still bringing home important facts about my relationship with my son. I've enjoyed everything I've read by this author and plan to check out her other books. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
TheNeavesNest More than 1 year ago
Raising a boy is new to me. I'm a girl. I think like a girl, act like a girl, process like a girl and am wired like a girl. I love that Cheri wrote a book for moms to help raising boys. While I'm not at most of the stages yet, I will be at some point. Cheri talks about the ways boys are wired differently than girls and how you can meet the needs of your son and provide the best care in raising your boys to be strong, wonderful men of God. She addresses the way they need to be encouraged, building confidence, communicating and praying for your son to live a life with purpose. I even think it's helpful when relating to your husband; learning how I could be better at encouraging him and building his confidence as a husband and dad. I found it pretty interesting in chapter two when she talks about boy's needing their moms to be real and honest rather than sugar coating or saying"good job" no matter the circumstance. For instance, she referenced that if they lose a game and their performance wasn't up to their standards, saying great game, you did a good job is not what they need. They need a mom to say I'm sorry you didn't play like you wanted, but keep on practicing and hopefully your next game will be better. The realness is important. I know this is true because my husband is the same when it comes to performance. He can't stand it when I say great job when he's not pleased with the outcome or how he did. It's something that stuck out to me that I know I will have to work on. I always try to find the positive in any situation and play off that. She tells personal stories and stories from other moms/sons that coincide with each stage. At the end of each chapter there are questions and challenges to think about. I'm sure I will reference back to chapters and actually think about the study questions when my son is a little older. I thought it was a good book that made me think how I might respond to situations and hopefully I will be the mom God desires me to be to our boy. I definitely plan on re-reading his as C is nearing the pre-school/kinder age and recommend it to all boy moms!
MountainsJJ More than 1 year ago
Do you have a son?  Then you will need this book!  Cheri Fuller's book is a fantastic resource for any mom trying to raise her son.   From the very beginning of the book I found helpful advice, encouraging words and hundreds of "ah-ha" moments. Fuller's open and honest approach places the reader at ease. She tackles the hard questions with kindness and insight. She balances the technical information with the emotional aspect very well. Each chapter has Reflection Questions for using in a group setting, or alone allowing you to dig deeper into your own parenting experience. I read the book on my own but could definitely see the value of sharing this book with a group of moms. To hear other moms having the same concerns and issues is encouraging, but it is also to see how boys are all unique as well. I especially enjoyed the chapter on A Mom Who Stays Connected. This is the area I have struggled with as my teenage son grows and changes and develops interests that aren't as easy to be involved in. The chapter gave me ideas that I could implement TODAY to make a difference in my son's life as well as long term hopes and goals.  A very valuable resource for moms with boys! "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".