Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What a Son Needs From His Dad: How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life By: Michael A. O'Donnell, Ph.D. Review


I understand what a single mom feels for their son when the father is not present. I was a single mom until my fiancee came into our lives and forever changed us as a family. I tried to be a mother as well as a father to my son. There are just somethings that no matter how hard you try, only a father can give to his son. Since I have been a tom-boy my entire life, I thought it would be easy to instill those male insights to my son. Boy, was I wrong. I mean, I take him fishing, on nature walks, we build camp fires together, ride the four-wheelers and get muddy together, but it is just not the same as doing it with your dad. As the years went by, before I met Ken (my fiancee), I realized that no matter how hard I tried, I am not his dad. I looked back at when I was a child, and my father was gone a lot. He was a general contractor and travels tri-state to get jobs to support the family. My mom had done the same things with me and my brother, try to give us the "dad" effect while he was gone, as she knew we missed him and all the things he did with us. We always knew it wasn't the same and she was just trying to keep our spirits up until he returned from his jobs.

I can honestly say that having my fiance in Zachary's life has made this little boy turn around completely. Even though I did my best, it really did not warrant the same effectas spending time with your dad. I was a lucky child in the essence that I had both of my parents, together my whole life (29 years), and actually they are still together (35 total years). I believe that just the unity of a family and how a child sees how things run in life affect them later on. I want my children to have the skills and tools to take care of them self as well as a family of their own someday. I believe that influence has a lot to do with the way a child will look at things and situations later in life.

This book is an excellent read for fathers as well as anyone who want to look a little deeper into the boys in their life. I have finally come to the conclusion that boys really are different from girls, in feelings, wants, needs, and their priorities. I mean, I always thought those were things couples used as jokes toward each other. However, now that I have tried myself to be all that my son needed in life, understand it a bit better.

Reading this book brought me a lot closer to my son. I recommend this book to mothers as well as fathers. This is an excellent book for framework and some scripture. As I stated in my last review, I haven't really read any books like these before, this being my second, I am finding that I like the meaning and portrayal of the scripture, and learning about God's intentions. This book gives a main sense of scripture but is not drilling it to you, so it is a great starter for getting into that. The stories told in it were very touching and heartfelt. This definitely is a great read for any parent.

**Disclosure: I received a a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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