Raising Real Men: review by A Families Love

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2010
Genre(s): Parenting
Developer: Great Waters Press
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Raising Real Men: review by A Families Love

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Review by A Families Love

Raising Real Men: review

Well, a month ago I received the book Raising Real Men, by Hal and Melanie Young to review.  I have read it, reread chapters, marked it up, bent over corners, discussed it in depth with Hubby, and put into practice many of the books suggestions.  Now I am ready to review it.

Raising Real Men, surviving, teaching and appreciating boys by Hal and Melanie Young is one of many books available currently that seeks to assist parents of boys, in growing our sons up into godly, strong men.  It is “A practical guide to equipping the hearts and minds of boys without breaking or losing your own”, this is the back cover quote, and it holds true for the book, front to back, cover to cover this book delivers!!!  Many books claim to give you the tools to help raise up your sons, but this book, and these parents, are actually there in the trenches, giving you the tools, ideas, anecdotes, heartaches and Biblical foundations to back it all up.  Suggestions, and the explanations of why these concepts might help, abound throughout the book.  This is not a look at “neveau parenting” techniques, but at boys, and how God made them, showing you how to work with them is the goal of the book in a practical and inspiring format.

I will admit, this book was a godsend to me, and a bit of a stumper at first!!  I am one of 2 girls, had no close boy cousins my age, and lived in the middle of nowhere, so boys did not abound in my small world for a long time.  This book was eye opening to me in how the boy mind works, how the male dominance drive distinguishes itself early on, and develops as the young  man grows, seriously eye opening stuff!!!  Raising Real Men laid it all out for me, helping to explain all of the odd bents of my son(and hubby:-) without making me feel like I should have known this all along, which is always a nice bonus, to not feel like a dummy for not “getting it”!

Now, for us, in a practical sense this book is great, but for me as a mama, it is hard.  Let me explain a bit, our son has a physical disability, making him weaker on his right side, less mobile and balanced as well.  This has never stopped him from doing anything, but it has stopped me from allowing, and even pushing, him to do certain things.  Well, after reading this I have come to realize that if I want him to develop into the man God wants him to be, I have to push him forward, stop doing for him, and allow him to follow his own inclinations to care for us, no matter how scary, dangerous, and difficult I think the situation is.  Hal and Melanie Young have helped me to see where I was holding him back, and how, if I continued to hold him then he would in time stop reaching and pushing forward.  He would just remain incapable of so many things, when really, in my heart I want him to reach for the stars, and fly to the moon, find a beautiful wife and be a good provider and loving father.  All of the things I want, he cannot achieve if I hold him back and do for him, sigh, this book was hard, but soooo good for me!  So now there is even more sword fighting, climbing, leaping, spying, and racing up steep hillsides going on in my world, gulp!

We have begun to move Little Man forward, Hubby has given him goals to reach, we have worked to make sure he knows how to do the tasks set out for him, and he understands our expectations of him, he has the tools, and so far, we have seen progress!!!  He is now trying harder to care for us, holding doors for his sisters, carrying bags and things around the house, stepping forward to assist when he sees I need help.  It is slow, some days better than others, but he is really starting to care more for us than for himself, to be a kind and gentle leader to the little ones, and to use self control more.

Over all, I would say, if you have sons, and you want them to reach their God given potential, pick up a copy of this book, read it, mark it up, keep it close to revisit when the going seems rough.

I was not paid for this review, I received a copy of this book, as a reviewer from Timberdoodle and am unbiased reviewer, and that should cover the legal schmeagal stuff completely!!;-)

Little Man, big helper

super hero in training


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