Monday, May 13, 2013

What a Son Needs From His Mom

Nothing I read in this book was earth-shattering.  Instead it was a gentle reminder that as a mother, my role is to prepare my children, especially my son, to leave the home and become independent adults.  The hard part is letting go.

The one takeaway I have is that adolescent boys are trying to separate from their moms. It is a natural part of life; however, it is not always easy.  I am now aware that some of the conflicts between a mother and son are normal and natural.  As the boy asserts his independence, the mother needs to relinquish control.  That is hard to do when the mother has had to take care of the child's many needs since the day he was born.  She needs to let go and let him make a few mistakes as he learns to take care of himself, both physically and emotionally.

I would recommend this book to moms of adolescent boys.  This is when we need the reminder to continue to love and guide our sons to adulthood while letting go of our need to control every part of their lives.

Bethany House has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

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