Review: Boy Mom

Kathy Hillman reviews "Boy Mom" by Monica Swanson.

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Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You

By Monica Swanson (WaterBrook)

From the moment she learns “it’s a boy,” a mom begins a marvelous but often messy journey. Whether raising an only son or four of them like author and blogger Monica Swanson, women long for the tools to be the best moms they can be. In Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You, Swanson offers practical ideas, godly guidance and personal encouragement to boy moms and those who love them.

The Pepperdine University graduate admits she initially struggled with mom guilt and felt the pressure, comparisons and opinions of what she should do. Swanson knew she had to make changes when she learned she was pregnant with her third boy. She decided to focus on what mattered most—building healthy relationships and parenting for the long term.

Swanson addresses issues that concern parents from infancy to adulthood and offers clues for setting reasonable and age appropriate boundaries. Topics include spiritual growth, discipline, role models, personal identity, character, technology, hygiene, emotional health, money, dating and a host of others. Each chapter closes with “Make It Personal” questions about each son and helpful tips like “Boy-Approved Foods” and “Before He Asks Her Out.”

Although a perfect Mother’s Day or baby shower gift, boy dads also will enjoy the anecdotes and stories Monica Swanson sprinkles throughout Boy Mom. But more than that, readers will learn, grow and gain insights into helping their boys mature into loving, honorable and godly men.

Kathy Robinson Hillman, former president

Baptist General Convention of Texas

Waco


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