Strong Mothers, Strong Sons

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons

Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men

Book - 2014
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From the moment a mother holds her newborn son, his eyes tell her that she is his world. But often, as he grows up, the boy who needs her simultaneously pushes her away. Meg Meeker shares the secrets that every mother needs to know in order to strengthen--or rebuild--her relationship with her son. This book offers a road map to help mothers find the strength and confidence to raise extraordinary sons by providing encouragement, education, and practical advice: about the need for mothers to exercise courage and be bolder and more confident; about advising and directing their boys; the crucial role mothers play in expressing love to sons in healthy ways so they learn to respect and appreciate women as they grow up; the importance of teaching sons about the values of hard work, community service, and a well-developed inner life; the natural traps mothers of boys often fall into--and how to avoid them; the need for a mother to heal her own wounds with the men in her life so she can raise her son without baggage and limitations; the best ways to survive the moments when the going gets tough; and a mom's natural ways of communicating--talking, analyzing, exploring--only fuel the fire.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780345518101
0345518101
9780345518095
0345518098
Characteristics: xix, 341 pages ;,25 cm

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Jun 14, 2014

Review by Publisher's Weekly Review ..... Aimed at mothers of sons of all ages, Meeker's (Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters) latest self-help manual takes multiple, not always cohesive, approaches to navigating the parent-child gender divide. While some statistically founded male-female differences, such as general deviations in communication style, are included, the author makes unexplained assertions that men and women are basically positioned to misunderstand one another. Meeker's contentions that every boy will feel threatened by the emotional attachment he has to his mother and that nothing is more important to a son than a solid relationship with his father are to be accepted as absolutes with no mention of the underpinning of data. Even though the "boy code" that triggers many boys' emotional off-switch is credited largely to social factors, mothers are said to be naturally more in tune with a son's needs. When we are offered a glimpse of why it is mothers are "wired" for more sensitive communication, the reasoning is imprecise. Meeker's points about egocentricism precluding children from truly empathizing with adults' emotions are some of the most clearly delineated in the book. Whereas in other places her line of thinking is less clear with claims that either unsubstantiated or appear out of the blue, such as when Meeker firmly asserts that religious faith in God makes it "far easier" to instil hope in your son. .....

ksoles May 30, 2014

3.5 Stars...

In her new book, "Strong Mothers, Strong Sons," Meg Meeker offers solid, practical advice for women on how to nurture their sons so that their boys grow into good men. She asserts that modern women experience extreme pressure to be "everything to everyone:" the ideal worker, housekeeper, wife and mother. On top of this pressure, gender difference adds to the challenge of raising sons as does society's constantly shifting masculine paradigm.

Through research and interviews from her own practice, Meeker empowers women to embrace imperfection; doing the best one can will ensure positive results. She certainly conveys an important message though some of her conclusions border on the blindingly obvious: sons need to feel loved from a very young age so they can gradually and confidently move away from their mothers and interact with male peers and elders. A boy's home must epitomize a safe haven to return to regardless of age, a place where his thoughts and feelings garner respect and where he can express his hopes and dreams without fear of judgment.

Controversially, Meeker recommends introducing boys to religion, prayer and the unconditional love that comes from devout faith. She also skillfully navigates the world of sex, from body awareness to the power of social media to his interactions with girls and women. Ultimately, nothing wields more influence than a mother's imprint on her son; Meeker's advice gives women the tools to make this imprint with confidence.

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