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Book suggestions for parents of boys:

Go to, click on ‘books’ at the top and type in title of book for review, information, sometimes excerpts.

This is a list of books I’ve compiled that might be of help or interest to MOBs. I’m not condoning all that is written in every book but simply listing these as a resource for moms of boys. Feel free to submit reviews of parenting books.

Parenting advice, psychology/philosophy, essay books:

  • Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different – And How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men by Steve Biddulph
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. and Dan Kindlon, Ph.D.
  • Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons by Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. with Teresa Barker
  • It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Age 18 by Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. with Teresa Barker
  • Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William S. Pollack, Ph.D.
  • Real Boys’ Voices by William S. Pollack, Ph.D.
  • Real Boys Workbook – by William Pollack, Ph.D. and Kathleen Cushman
  • A Fine Young Man: What Parents, Mentors, & Educators Can Do to Shape Adolescent Boys into Exceptional Men by Michael Gurian
  • The  Wonder of Boys by Michael Gurian
  • Raising a Son: Parents and the Making of a Healthy Man by Jeanne Elium and Don Elium
  • Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect by Adam J. Cox
  • Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Raising the Next Generation of Men by Ann F. Caron
  • Mothers & SonsRaising Boys to Be Men by Jean Lush, Pamela Vredevelt
  • A Fine Young Man: What Parents, Mentors, & Educators Can Do to Shape Adolescent Boys into Exceptional Men by Michael Gurian
  • Boys and Girls Learn Differently by Michael Gurian
  • The Little Boy Book by Sheila Moore (about boys under eight) looks at roles of heredity and genetics, early development
  • Bringing Up Boys: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Men, by Dr. James Dobson
  • The Wonderful World of Boys by Dr. James Dobson
  • Raising Confident Boys100 Tips for Parents & Teachers by Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer
  • The Courage to Raise Good Men by Olga Silverstein and Beth Rashbaum –
  • Mothers & Sons by Madeleine L’Engle (author of A Wrinkle in Time)
  • The Good Son: Shaping the Moral Development of Our Boys and Young Men by Michael Gurian
  • Between Mothers and Sons: Women Writers Talk About Having Sons and Raising Men by Patricia Stevens
  • Mothers, Sons & Lovers: How a Man’s Relationship with His Mother Affects the Rest of His Live by Michael Gurian
  • Oh Boy!: Mothers Tell the Truth About Raising Teen Sons by Maryann Bucknum Brinley – 30 moms give their true life accounts of raising teenage sons
  • Teenage Boys: Surviving and Enjoying These Extraordinary Years by Bill Beausay
  • That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character by Rick Johnson
  • The Pressured Child: Helping YOur Child Find Success in School and Life by Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. with Teresa Barker
  • Family Building by John Rosemond
  • Teen Proofing by John Rosemond
  • Raising Sons and Loving It:  Helping Your Boys Become Godly Men by Gary and Carrie Oliver
  • The Everything Parent’s Guide to Raising Boys by Cheryl L. Erwin
  • Why Boys Don’t Talk – and Why it Matters by Susan Morris Shaffer
  • Why Boys Don’t Talk and Why We Care: A Mother’s Guide to Connection by Susan Morris Shaffer and Linda Perlman Gordon
  • Why a Son Needs a Mom: 100 Reasons – by Gregory Lang
  • Mom’s Everything Book for Sons – by Becky Freeman – mission: to give moms short, practical ideas to build a quality relationship with their 8-12-year-old sons
  • What Stories Does My Son Need?: A Guide to Books and Movies That Build Character in Boys by Michael Gurian and Terry Trueman – how to harness the media’s influence to teach boys the lessons they need in today’s confusing moral environment.
  • From Boys to Men – A Woman’s Guide to the Health of Husbands, Partners, Sons, Fathers, and Brothers by Emily Senay, M.D. and Rob Waters
  • Raising Boys Without Men : How Maverick Moms Are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men by Peggy Drexler & Linden Gross
  • Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul – April, 2006
  • Preparing Him for the Other Woman by Sheri Rose Shepherd, Sept. 2006 – Helping our sons to be good husbands
  • It’s A Boy — Women Writers on Raising Sons edited by Andrea J. Buchanan

Humor about parenting boys:

  • House of Testosterone by Sharon O’Donnell
  • Boyhood Daze: An Incomplete Guide to Raising Boys by Dave Meurer
  • Motherhood & Hollywood:  How to Get a Job Like Mine by Patricia Heaton, award-winning actress from Everybody Loves Raymond and the mother of four boys in real life

Books that have a chapter/stories about boys:

  • I Love Being a Mom – Treasured Stories, Memories, and Milestones edited by Therese J. Borchard – contains a short chapter entitled “Boy Oh Boy”

For Dads of boys:

  • Dad’s Everything Book for Sons by Dr. John T. Trent
  • Father to Son: Life Lesson on Raising a Boy by Harry H. Harrison, Jr.
  • Wild at Heart by John Eldredge (about discovering men’s souls)

Books about marriage, the relationship with your husband/boyfriend:

  • What Could He Be Thinking? How a Man’s Mind Really Works by Michael Gurian, examines the ways the male and female brains differ
  • How to Remodel a Man by Bruce C. Cameron (humor)
  • Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray, Ph.D.
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman and Nan Silver
  • His Needs, Her Needs – by Dr. Willard F. Harley, Jr., marriage counselor
  • Night Light – A Devotion for Couples by Dr. James Dobson and Shirley Dobson
  • The Bitch in the House – 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage edited by Cathi Hanauer
  • The Bastard on the Couch– 27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain their Feelings about Love, Loss, Fatherhood and Freedom edited by Daniel Jones

Books about balancing motherhood and womanhood, retaining your own identity:

  • I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson, fiction bestseller
  • How Does She Do It? 101 Life Lessons from One Mother to Another by Shelia Ellison
  • The Mother Trip: Hip Mama’s Guide to Staying Sane in the Chaos of Motherhood by Ariel Gore
  • Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family by Amy Tiemann, Ph. D.
  • Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life: Or How I Learned to Love the House, the Man, the Child by Faulkner Fox
  • Perfect Madness; Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety by Judith Warner
  • The Third Shift: Managing Hard Choices in Our Careers, Homes, and Lives as Women by Michele Bolton
  • Life’s Work: Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom by Lisa Belkin, about working moms, columnist for a New York newspaper
  • Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy: Confronting Motherhood, Womanhood and Selfhood in a Household of Boys — by Karin Kasdin; (even gives a Jewish mom’s perspective on the bris)
  • Captivating by John Eldredge (about discovering women’s souls)

Books about sex education (for your sons, not your husband)

  • Asking About Sex and Growing Up: A Question-and-Answer Book for Boys and Girls by Joanna Cole
  • Why Boys and Girls Are Different: For Ages 3-5 and Parents (Learning About Sex series book 1) by Carol Greene
  • Where Do Babies Come From?: For ages 6-8 and Parents (Learning About Sex series book 2) by Ruth S. Hummel
  • Sex and the New You (Learning Series, Book 4) by Richard Bimier
  • Love, Sex, and God (Learning About Sex series, book 5) by Bill Ameiss and Jane Graver
  • How to Talk Confidently With Your Child About Sex: Parents Guide (The New Learning About Sex series, book 6) by Lenore Buth
  • How You Are Changing by Jane Garver
  • What’s the Big Deal: Why God Cares About Sex (God’s Design for Sex series) by Stanton L. Jones
  • Sex Explained – honest answers to your questions about guys & girls, your changing body, and what really happens during sex by Magali Clausener-Petit with Melissa Daly
  • What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Sonsby Lynda Madaras
  • What’s Going on Down There: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask by Karen Gravelle
  • From Boys to Men: All About Adolescence and You by Michael Gurian
  • Preparing for Adolescence: How to Survive the Coming Years of Change by James Dobson
  • The Teenage Guy’s Survival Guide: The Real Deal on Girls, Growing Up and Other Guy Stuff by Jeremy Daldry
  • True Love Waits Takes a Look at Courting, Dating, & Hanging Out by David Payne
  • Every Young Man’s Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptationby Stephen Arterburn
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