“5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son” by Vicki Courtney

Vicki Courtney does not describe herself as a teen expert. She does not have a degree in childhood development. These aside, however, her experiences as a mother gives her the motivation to learn and share, making this title an authentic read.

Most people do not go through parenting training before having a child. There are certifications for handling food, driving, teaching, and even training for employment, but parenting does not have any prerequisites. Maybe this is a mistake, but moving past that point, every parent, as a result, has to go through the experience of learning how to be the best parent they can be – or at least that’s what every parent should do.

Raising boys and girls are two different challenges altogether. They are practically different species in how opposite they are. Courtney uses practical humor in her writing of this book to help illustrate the challenges parents, and specifically moms, face raising boys. But despite those challenges of testosterone and crazy stunts, the issue isn’t the little things that make the experience worth living, but rather making sure your boys know the truths about life before the culture can influence them with falsities.

What lies need to be addressed? In this book, five simple ones: (i) do not define manhood by society’s standards, but know that it’s okay to be a man; (ii) learn how to conquer issues so that they don’t master you; (iii) not everyone is having sex, (iv) learn how to grow up, and (v), how to become a godly man. Each of these five sections are broken down to several chapters that clarify the discussion for parents.

Courtney’s writing is well-versed and humorous, laced with strong truths that I find highly important for parents to know as well. Good parenting requires learning, even if you’re already underway. As for my and my wife, we have a four year old and a one year old. Luckily, this book will help us before we have to directly encounter the issues she has, but even for those who have moved past those stages of growth, I’d still recommend this read….Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.