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4 Stars Out Of 5
October 30, 2009
This has given me some great insght for what my boys are "doing" and will probly do in the future. However, looking at the cover, I would think that it would be geared towards younger children in the begining. My boys are 3 and 1 so I was looking for more advice for the current stage of life. However, I would and have recomended it to friends and MOPS gals.
I must admit up front, that Im not a mother of boys. Our family has been blessed with three beautiful little girls (who can be quite feisty themselves), but we are hoping that the Lord will choose to bless us with a boy someday. Thats where my interest in Jean Blackmers Boy-sterous Living comes from the anticipation we feel when we contemplate the possibility of God blessing us with some little men.As the mother of three boys herself (now grown into teenagers), Jean Blackmer has penned an inspirational, humourous, slice-of-life title which jumps from topic to topic with ease. One moment discussing sports, the next writing on the importance of mothers connecting with other women, Blackmer covers a little bit of everything in her fast-paced, lighthearted read. Primarily written to moms, there is a single chapter written for dads as well.With each chapter ranging between four to ten pages, Blackmer doesnt have time to dig deep into any of the topics she touches upon. Moms looking for an in-depth, thoughtful guide to raising Christian boys would be better served by another title. At times the treatment specific subjects receive seem somewhat superficial, only gliding over surface concerns. She does dig into some tender spots on occasion such as letting go, and letting dad.Unless your boys play sports, video games, and have girlfriends (or some day will), there will certainly be entire chunks of text that are largely inapplicable to your family situation.Blackmer has clearly learned to delight in the differences between herself and the rest of the all-male home she lives in. Her sense of genuine delight and rejoicing in the God-given differences between male and female certainly shines through her words. Mothers of boys looking for a quick, inspirational round of humorous commiseration will be encouraged to count their blessings anew. Readers looking for something a bit meatier should continue their search.
Jean Blackmer's Boy-Sterous Living: Celebrating Your Loud and Roudy Life with Sons offers a mother's perspective on being the only female in the house. Using her personal experience, in addition to tips from experts, she covers:The importance of laughterWhy boys need adventureHow to use video games, iPods, and other electronics wiselyHow to teach boys to express their feelingsDealing with the "fear factor" of having and active boyI found this book extremely relatable! Tips included things that parents could realistically apply. For example, instead of advocating a ban on video games and computers, she shares how her family incorporates limits and balance, knowing that today's kids live in a technical age and need to know how to use it responsibly. I felt like I was talking to a mom from my son's school, one who has the same concerns and hopes for her sons as I do. Whether you have all boys or just one, you will enjoy this entertaining and informative read.
As a mom of 2 girls/2 boys I can tell you 1st hand that there is HUGE difference between boys/girls.Their personalites, the way they show love,the way they play,even the way the eat. So I was pretty excited to read the lastest book by Jean Blackmer called "Boy-sterous Living-celebrating your loud & rowdy life with sons". After all I do know there is a difference, but I can't claim to be an expert (yet) on what boys really like.. I don't know if we ever can but having someone who's been there done that advice and help sure would be nice. Boy-sterous Livng had me laughing from the preface. Through the rest of my book my emotions rollercoasted up and down and even tears ran down my face and a big lump in my throat thru some parts. I could easily relate to her examples (even with my boys as young as they are now.) I wasn't really expecting ALL of what she had to offer. Her witty writing style made me relaxed and feel like she was sharing with me rather than lecturing me on "how it really is". I love that she's included Bible verses to help, reading materials and questions to think about or ideas to try out. For example on the first chapter it suggests writing down a funny story about your son and than telling it him. I did that and my 5 year old loves it. He loves being my main character when I'm telling a funny story. One thing that struck me was her chapter on technolgy and how we are suppose to handle it as Christians. That spoke to me on several levels for myself and for my family as we dabble in computers (and having a past technological career myself). You'll find Jean providing you with solid information & heartfelt stories that only a mother could share & laugh about. This is one of those few books I want to savor a lot! I'll be keeping it for a long time to go over and ponder. I think whether your boys are 5 or 25 you'll find this book useful & insightful. You'll be blessed & dare I even say you'll find someone who understand just what it's all about.
Aside from the obvious, is there really a big difference in boys and girls? Differences that should effect how we raise and relate to them? Are those differences profound enough to warrant publication of yet another book on the joys, challenges and celebration of rearing boys? The answer is yes, if that book is Jean BlackmersBoy-sterous Living: Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons In an amusing yet very thoughtful manner Jean shares real life stories culled from her own life and those of friends to illustrate how wonderful and blessedly unique boy children are. Each chapter focuses on solutions to the many challenges and joys faced in raising happy, healthy and Godly `boy-sterous' boys. Her personal stories are quite precious and at times almost too funny to believe; unless of course you have first hand working knowledge of males. With it's many scripture references, a `Digging Deeper' section, `Questions for Reflection' and a list of `Suggested Reading' accompanying each chapter, I highly recommend `Boy-sterous Living' as a study for any meeting of MOPS, Mom Care or Moms in Touch groups and think it would make an excellent gift for all new parents and those expecting, whether a boy or girl.