Book Review and Giveaway: I’m Outnumbered!: One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys

(The giveaway and comments are closed: the winner is Ann!)

I first “met” Laura Lee Groves at her blog through Susanne‘s Friday’s Fave Five weekly meme (thanks, Susanne!) I identified with her immediately as we’re near the same age and stage of life and she has four boys while I have three. She mentioned in one of her earliest comments that it was like we were in parallel universes. 🙂

When she announced she was about to have a book published, I was on the alert for it. And then when I heard it was about raising boys, well, that especially made me want to read it even though I only have one still at home.

In I’m Outnumbered!: One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys, Laura Lee Groves draws from her own experience in raising four young men as well as her years of experience in the classroom as an English teacher, plus she weaves together quotes from a number of books on the subject. She writes as a mom who was the only female in her house trying to relate to the male mindset and who wants to share what she has gleaned with other moms. There are a few pointers for those households who have girls and boys especially along the lines of their relating to each other.

There is a lot of practical wisdom as well as a solid Scriptural basis in Laura Lee’s advice. She writes in a conversational style that is easy to follow. The book includes chapters on managing expectations, sibling rivalry, intentional parenting, education, conversation, organization, respect, and media influences and management. She also includes a chapter titled “A Word From the Boys” with some of their thoughts on the way they were raised and a list of resources.

I think this book is a treasure trove for any mom of boys. In fact, I’d like to give this copy to a mom who would benefit from it, so if you’d like it or know someone who might, just let me know in the comments. I’ll draw a name a week from today, Thursday, October 21.

Laura also sends out a helpful weekly newsletter which can be signed up for at her blog.

(The giveaway and comments are closed: the winner is Ann!)

(This review will be linked to Semicolon‘s Saturday review of Books and the next 5 Minutes For Books I Read It column.)

14 thoughts on “Book Review and Giveaway: I’m Outnumbered!: One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys

  1. Well, I for one would LOVE to read this! With two boys already and one question mark in the oven I’m sure I could glean a thing or two from this read.

    Thank you for your generosity in passing it on!

  2. LOL! I just received that book in the mail yesterday! I bought it for a friend from church who is raising 3 boys by herself. I’m giving it to her tonight! 🙂

  3. Barbara, thanks so much for this sweet review! Yes, we do live in parallel universes, I think — we boy moms have to stick together.

    I appreciate your support for this book, but I value your FFF friendship even more! Take care.

  4. Well, my boys are grown, like yours, but I would enjoy reading Laura’s perspective. I am sure there is a mom at church that could profit from reading it. (LMF give-away?) 🙂

  5. great post! i also visit Laura’s blog and love it…altho I only have daughters! I am recommending her book in my small group each week as I teach/lead a group of moms who have tweens/teens….thanks for the summary of her book!

  6. Don’t put me in the drawing! I turned down the offer to review this book since it didn’t apply to my life, but the sneak peek I had of it told me it was a good book.

  7. I’ve been following Laura’s blog for awhile now and would love to win a copy of her book.
    I like reading her posts because I feel like I can relate to what she is going through and she always has good tips and is so encouraging to others.
    I have 3 sons; ages 5 and under and am open to any help I can get 😉

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