I spent most of my first son’s tween and teen years feeling absolutely overwhelmed. I didn’t know how to handle his intensity. His moods infected our house. And when he didn’t do what he was supposed to do, I was at a loss. How does one discipline a child who is bigger than you, stronger than you, completely determined and tech savvy?
I cried. I journaled. I muddled through.
I survived, though, and so did my son. Eventually, I realized I’d spent the past six years or so trying to find the answer – trying to fix what was wrong with my son – when in reality, nothing was wrong. He was growing, plain and simple. His mind and body, and our relationship, were changing. He was going through a completely normal and natural stage, a stage that starts (for boys) around age 10 or so.
— Jennifer L.W. Fink
I wrote these words in 2017, in a blog post I titled Top 6 Tips for Parenting Tween Boys. It’s since become one of Building Boys’ most popular blog posts, and that, I think, speaks to the confusion and desperation many parents feel when their boys hit the tween years.
The First-time Mom’s Guide to Raising Boys: Practical Advice for Your Son’s Formative Years is more than my first book. It’s a combination de-coder ring and map that will help you understand your son’s moods and navigate his transition to adolescence.
This is your complete resource for raising boys:
- Tackling the tough stuff―Address important issues like puberty, sex, consent, and mental health, with advice for initiating crucial conversations.
- For modern families―Explore advice that works for families of all types, plus tips for raising boys in the ever-expanding digital worlds of YouTube, Twitch, and more.
- Moments of reflection―Each chapter ends with thought-provoking questions that encourage you to think about your hopes and fears as a parent, and identify your values and priorities.
→ Purchase The First-Time Mom’s Guide to Raising Boys now. ←
Coming....my SECOND book about raising boys!
This one contains a set of guidelines that parents can use to direct their parenting choices throughout their sons’ lives – guidelines that are as relevant to parenting toddlers as they are to parenting teenagers.
Advance praise from Steve Biddulph, author of the million-selling Raising Boys: