That’s My Son by Rick Johnson (personal book review)

Sometimes I put a book on hold at the library and it takes so long for it to become available, I forget that I’ve reserved it!  This was the case for That’s My Son by Rick Johnson.

The full title is That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character and it is available on Amazon (hard copy or Kindle).

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As a mom, I feel a HUGE responsibility to be a good influence on our kids.  I am the person who spends the most time with them – and we all know those we spend time with are the people we end up being the most influenced by.

I like that this book embraces a Biblical, Godly perspective on parenting.  The author talks a fair amount about how single moms, despite their circumstances, can raise little boys to become men of upright character.  But I would say this book is not just for single moms – it’s for any parent interested in researching ways to positively influence their kids.

While there are concepts in this book that would seemingly work with sons or daughters, the focus of this book is parenting the heart of a boy.

This book was a quick-read, but the concepts are not quick to implement or process.  I found myself wanting to highlight pages in a library book to reference later (but I didn’t)!  Instead I took notes and let my husband know this book had some great things we can do for our kids in it.  While I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t want to teach their kids these qualities, this book offers some ideas for strategy to teach:

  • Perseverance
  • Loyalty (Forgiveness & self sacrifice) 
  • Manners
  • Courage
  • Compassion 
  • Self discipline and self-control
  • Dependability
  • Honesty
  • Humility 
  • Trustworthiness
  • Honor 

Rick Johnson is very upfront about not being a “professional” in this area – but he works with families and is a speaker, so I feel he has qualifications… oh, and he is an actual parent. 🙂

When it comes down to it, no “one book” is going to teach us (as parents) everything we need to know about child-rearing.  I didn’t expect to learn everything I needed to know in one book, but I did get some great ideas and enjoyed his stories.

I gave That’s My Son a 4/5 on Goodreads – I really liked it and have already recommended it to a friend. 🙂


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