Raising Boys by Design by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD and Michael Gurian

As the mother of two young boys (our oldest just turned 3 years old, and our youngest is five months), I requested this book because I thought it might give some good information… and man oh man, was that ever right.  The authors say up front that “our choices in parenting will impact our child’s present and future and potentially hold eternal consequences.  As parents of faith, we recognize that our children belong not only to us but first and foremost to God.”  I appreciated this idea, because it’s exactly how we feel, so it was great to see that these authors were in the same place!

While the vast majority of the content in this book is beyond the stage that we’re at with our kiddos, it’s great information to have and a huge help to us in planning ahead.  For example, the chapter on how to succeed in school, for example, will be great once we start pre-school.  The chapter with pitfalls of technology applies now as we figure out how to make the best use of the ipad, and how much tv to allow (among other things!).  But the section on faith was the one I liked the most.  It might be easy to teach a lot of things, but faith is an intensely personal journey, and the ideas that were given on how to help our children cultivate their own relationships with God were really great.  Every chapter ended with a short section on “next steps” and the faith section gave a simple step: prayer.  That was exactly how it should have been.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.  The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.


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