What a Son Needs from His Dad: How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life  -     By: Michael O'Donnell
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What a Son Needs from His Dad: How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life

Michael O'Donnell / 2011 / Paperback

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Dads are role models for their sons. What a Son Needs From His Dad encourages fathers to become the men they want their sons to imitate. Topics include work ethic, marriage, sexuality, friendships, and their relationships with God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Michael O'Donnell
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764209698
ISBN-13: 9780764209697
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Encouragement and Wisdom on Fathering Boys

No one can prepare a son for life better than his father. Dads are role models and this book encourages fathers to grow into the kind of men they want their sons to become. Practical topics include preparing boys for work, marriage, sexuality, friendships, and their relationships with God. The author researches and speaks on family issues, and is also a dad himself. Originally published as How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life. Updated by the author.

Author Bio

Michael O'Donnell, Phd, served on the National Council of Family Relations, and is best known for his Adolescent Wellness Research Project, co-conducted with renowned scholar Dr. Nick Stinnett. Their research has been the focus of numerous books, radio, TV and print features. Michael has an active blog and speaking ministry, and lives with his wife, Rachel, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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  1. Barbados
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 27, 2013
    Joscelyn
    Barbados
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is good from the preface which the author suggest should not be read. It is both funny and informative.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 5, 2012
    CaElRo
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    When I became pregnant with my first, I hoped for a boy. Girls scared me. I grew up a tomboy with two older brothers. They, between the two of them, have produced five boys and no girls. My little knowledge of children comes from my nephews. They were a lot of fun and enjoyed rough and tough boy things. I can handle that. Deep down I knew I was having a girl and it scared me. (Yes, my first child is a girl.)

    My daughter and I seemed to bond instantly and I felt I understood her. I know how to meet her needs, understood what she wanted and how to comfort her. She was a very difficult baby in the sense she was high needs (she cried/fussed/screamed literally 24/7 her first month on this earth), but I just knew what she needed.

    So when I became pregnant with number two, I was suddenly scared that it would be a boy. Maybe I didn't understand them as well as I thought I did. My gut was telling me this one was a boy, which was confirmed with an ultrasound. When he was born, I felt like a first time mom all over again. Turns out the holding and the cuddling his big sister craved wasn't what this little guy wanted. I remember telling him, both of us in the midst of tears, "I don't know what to do to make you happy." I couldn't figure him out and it did put a damper on our bonding. I was so convinced he wasn't too impressed with having me as his mom.

    So when Bethany House offered this book, I jumped at it. Even though I am "mom," and not "dad," I figured it couldn't hurt to gain a bit of insight on boys. (Truly, they are weird creatures.)

    Reading this book, it seemed a lot of this is basic, common knowledge of information for child rearing. Some can be applied to a daughter as well. However, if we stop and take a look at our society, and understand that a good portion of our chaos is due to parental choices, well, it's easy to conclude that maybe we as parents aren't making the best choices when it comes to raising children. All choices have consequences. Some consequences are negative, while some are positive.

    O'Donnell emphasizes that fathers have a very important role in their children's lives. With sons, fathers have to be the role that they want their sons to emulate. O'Donnell outlines seven core issues that they must live, to help develop them in their sons:

    1) develop disciples of Christ

    2) good citizens

    3) holders of worthy vocations; responsible workers

    4) chooser of good friends

    5) able to enjoy life

    6) sexually chaste; understanding of male sexuality; avoiding the hazards of pornography

    7) lovers of their wives; supporters of their marriages

    One thing that I loved about this book is that O'Donnell also outlined stages of development in a boy. These stages begin in birth and end at old age with the knowledge of impending death. Stage 1 is Trust vs. Mistrust, which is from birth to eighteen months. A baby learns to trust by having a predictable, nurturing environment. (All the more reason why I refuse to let my babies 'cry-it-out'--but that's another blog post for another blog.) This, for me, has confirmed that I was correct in following my instincts with my children despite all the flack I received from other people.

    For my secular readers, this is a Christian book with foundations in Christ. So, in addition of being a dad who is emotionally and physically present to your son, the book goes beyond that. It teaches dads to instill strong, spiritual, Christ-like character in their sons. And to do that, you must live what you preach.

    As a mom, this really didn't help me to understand my son more. But maybe it's because I'm female that I don't fully get it. Maybe there is more there that a dad can connect with, look at his own life, and see what he can do to shape his son's life in a positive way.

    This book does not have all the answers. But I think it's a wonderful place to start for dads looking for direction with their sons.
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book.
    April 17, 2012
    k3boyz
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My husband loved this book. Lots of good reading. A great book for any dad with sons.
  4. San Antonio, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Very simplistic lesson
    February 17, 2012
    Bean76
    San Antonio, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I was a bit disappointed in this book. It didn't seem to have the "oomph" I was looking for. Books like these always seem to have a secret recipe, magic bullet, or one secret to life we're all missing. The secret recipe this book teaches is very simple - be a good role model for your son. It's such a simple premise that I think it was difficult for O'Donnell to stretch the book out any longer than its slim 137 pages.

    To the book's credit, I will say it's organization and structure is superb. After the opening chapters, which set up the whole point of "be a good role model", the book specifically looks at what a good role model looks like in terms of work ethic, citizenship, marriage relationships and intimacy, to name a few. Each chapter also ends with a few discussion questions, which are good for personal or group study.
  5. Alabama
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for Fathers
    February 12, 2012
    RollTideGirl
    Alabama
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    No one can prepare a son for life better than his father. Dads are role models and this book encourages fathers to grow into the kind of men they want their sons to become.

    What A Son Needs From His Dad: How A Man Prepares His Sons for Life is a book written specifically to fathers about their role in the family and more specifically in the lives of their sons. This book is a very easy read at only 141 pages and ten chapters. Each chapter addresses areas that are important to instill in the life of a son such as character development, choosing friends, how to be productive and raising industrious sons who have a skill or trade they are good at. The end of each chapter contains a "Thoughts and Discussions" section so your husband can spend some meditative time thinking about what he has read and how to put it into practice in everyday life with his sons.

    As a Mom, I will never be able to understand my son the way my husband can. I am thankful that my son will have a Godly father to look up to and share life with because he will be able to relate to him in ways I can't. This book even equips the men in our lives to talk to their sons about hard topics like "the birds and the bees", how to treat women and eventually (hopefully) one day a wife, etc. This book also reminds our husbands what "true" fatherhood is and encourages them to be the kind of father the Bible speaks about.

    This would be a wonderful book for any man who has a son because it not only reminds them about their role as the father but it helps show them how to develop a relationship with their son that will last for many years to come. What A Son Needs From His Dad is available through Bethany House Publishers for just $9.99.
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