Saturday, September 8, 2012

What a Difference a Mom Makes Book Review {Giveaway}

Congrats to the winners of the last two giveaways!
Poekitten won a copy of Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon
Kati won a  copy of Raising Financially Confident Kids by Mary Hunt
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Since I love giveaways, I wanted to let you know about one that Dr. Leman is running right now. If you purchase What a Difference a Mom Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Mom Leaves on her Son's Life and review it, he is giving you TWO of his books for FREE! (Free is one of my favorite words.) For all of the details, please visit his website. And if you buy the book and then are chosen as my winner, I will send you an Amazon gift certificate for $10 in place of the book! (Proof of purchase required.) 

If you have never read anything by Kevin Leman, you are missing out! Not only does he give great advice, he is incredibly funny and makes reading his books a joy. I have had the pleasure of seeing him live and he talks just like he writes, he is real and not afraid to share his own mistakes and you can hear his heart and passion for families. 

About the book: 

Think Father-Son Bonding Is the Only Thing that Matters? Think Again.

Dr. Kevin Leman Tells Why A Mom’s Relationship with Her Son Matters Uniquely - And How to Make It Stronger At Every Age

“You’ve always dreamed of having that precious little daughter – one who is a little replica of you. And then you show up at the doctor’s office for your sonogram.  “What’s that?” you say pointing at a little something you can’t quite place on the blurry black-and-white image.  And the doc says, “That’s a penis.”  You frown, not understanding.  “My daughter’s got a penis?”  Then realization dawns.  “A boy?”  Inside you start to panic.  What do I do with a boy?  I don’t know a thing about boys!  Ah, but you will.”

For some moms, sons are confusing right from that first diaper change on. But by the time a mom makes it through the treasures a boy brings home in his pockets during grade school, the extra dirt her boy seems to find every time he goes outside, and the changes that puberty and driving privileges bring, she’s sure of only one thing- she does not understand boys! 

But if any of that tempts a mom to leave the big stuff to Dad, she’s missing out on an amazing opportunity, says Dr. Kevin Leman. “Of all the people in the world, you, Mom, make the biggest difference in your son’s world.” Leman says “He’ll never reveal it to you straight out, so I’ll say it plainly. Your boy wants to please you. And that driving need will stay with him for a lifetime.”

By recognizing the deepest desire of her son, a mom can speak into her son’s life in ways that help him develop good relationships with other women, understand his own sexuality, fight his own battles, and command respect.

And along the way, it is possible, Leman believes, to learn some key coping skills for parenting your son and keeping a sense of humor along the way. True, moms may never understand why some things are funny to your son that are just disgusting to you, but you can still embrace the chance to leave an indelible imprint on your son’s life with fun and grace.

My thoughts:

Wow. What a great book. Very impacting and maybe stuff I already know (to a point), but have ignored (because it is easier) or needed encouragement to implement. I really enjoyed how the chapters were broken down and covered everything from birth order, sex and even how I as a mom allow myself to be treated. There is a lot of material covered in this book and honestly, it will be read again as I try to digest it all. I really wish I would have had it earlier - since my son is 12 years old. Thank you Dr. Leman! 

About the author:
Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, humorist, and New York Times bestselling author of Have a New Kid by Friday.  He is the author of many books, including TheBirth Order Book, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, Have a NewHusband by Friday, and Have a NewTeenager by Friday.  He is a radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and common-sense psychology.  He has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, including Fox & Friends, The View, Today, Oprah, The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and Focus on the Family.  He has also served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America.  

Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and two grandchildren. Visit his website at

The prize and fine print:
The winner will be mailed one copy of What a Difference a Mom Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Mom Leaves on Her Son's Life via media mail.

This mailing is limited to USA (including APO/FPO) and CAN addresses. (Sorry, the costs to ship overseas were killing my blog budget!)

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review.

What a Difference a Mom Makes is available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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1 comment:

  1. My mom used to take us out for our birthdays, just us. Even though we spend a lot of time together as a family, I try to spend a good bit of quality time with my boys just one-on-one (boys ages 11 and 9). All I can say is HEEEEEEELP!!!