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Boy #1 is a blessing. Boy #2 is a joy. But what happens with boy #3? And what if there is a #4? Or more? Suddenly, Mom is outnumbered. Throw Dad into the mix, and you have enough testosterone to chase Mom out the front door and keep her on the run from dawn to dusk.A father can tell you a lot about raising boys. Researchers and psychologists can give you a lot of statisticBoy #1 is a blessing. Boy #2 is a joy. But what happens with boy #3? And what if there is a #4? Or more? Suddenly, Mom is outnumbered. Throw Dad into the mix, and you have enough testosterone to chase Mom out the front door and keep her on the run from dawn to dusk.A father can tell you a lot about raising boys. Researchers and psychologists can give you a lot of statistics and advice. Other parenting books can generalize. But only a mom of all boys can really explain what life is like when you are surrounded by men. From one "boy-mom" to another, I'm Outnumbered! offers sound advice and encouragement for every mom who has more than one son, even if there's a girl in the mix. Author Laura Lee Groves has raised four redheaded boys and has lived--in fact loves--to tell about it. Her strategy of intentional parenting (guiding moms to see their role as proactive parents) has been gleaned from her own experience, from other boy-moms, and from parenting experts. Her combination of personal anecdotes and authoritative research will show boy-moms how tohandle sibling rivalry foster leadership and teamwork combat conflict stay organized love them unconditionally and much moreLaced with touching and humorous stories, this practical manual provides encouragement, inspiration, and information--especially for the outnumbered mom....

Title : I'm Outnumbered!: One Mom's Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys
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ISBN : 9780825427398
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Number of Pages : 185 Pages
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I'm Outnumbered!: One Mom's Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys Reviews

  • Shel
    2019-05-15 18:30

    If I had been better informed, I would not have bothered signing up for this FirstReads giveaway. I am expecting my first baby this spring and figured that even if the baby is a girl, it would be interesting to read about life with sons, and I might even glean some parenting insight from it that would apply to me regardless of the sex of my child (and, hopefully, its future sibling someday).What I didn't realize is that this is a book from a Christian publisher, that approaches life from a vastly different viewpoint than mine. I AM NOT SAYING THAT THIS IS A BAD BOOK. But on the back cover, the book is categorized as "RELIGION/Christian Life/Family", and I am not a Christian. I tried. I wanted to have something valuable to say in this review, regardless of whether it applied to me or not. But almost every page that I flipped to mentioned something about God, or Jesus, or related parenting to a quotation from the Bible. It may be that Ms. Groves has valuable insights to share that I missed because I was so turned off by the overtly religious attitude of the book, and if that's the case, I'm sorry that I missed them; but I couldn't make myself read this. I couldn't stomach it. So, the 1-star rating comes from the fact that this is not the right parenting book FOR ME. I really couldn't say whether or not this is a valuable book for Christian readers who would have an appreciation for the religious tone of the book. If this kind of thing appeals to you, then by all means, pick it up and give it a try. But if, like me, you don't live your life constantly looking through the lens of Christian spirituality, find a different parenting book. There are certainly enough of them out there!

  • Karen & Gerard
    2019-04-26 19:18

    I’m Out numbered!:  One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys by Laura Lee Groves is a good little handbook for moms (and dads) of boys.  I got this because I teach 5th grade boys in Sunday School and thought it may be helpful.  She kept the chapters short because she knows moms are very busy so it is a quick read.  She addresses many issues including expectations, laying a foundation for reading, sibling rivalry, teaching respect, organizing, media, teaching responsibility, and communication.  Also included is a special chapter for dads, for single moms, and one from the boys themselves!  Laura Groves also includes an extensive list of recommended books that deal with related topics that she wrote about in this book.   I think this book would be helpful to any parent of boys especially.  It is sprinkled with some humor and scripture which makes it a very enjoyable and interesting read.  I liked it and am not even a parent but this book makes parenting sound like lots of fun!  As I was reading, I kept thinking of different mothers I know who may benefit from reading this.  Some general advice from I’m outnumbered! is to let boys be creative, don’t let them hurt each other, don’t play favorites, give them all a chance to be leaders and promote teamwork, treat them as individuals, love them no matter what they do or don’t do, teach them manners by challenging them to be honorable like knights.  I’m Outnumbered! would make a great gift for parents of boys.   I highly recommend this book and can’t say enough good about it.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-19 14:14

    I thoroughly enjoyed "I'm Outnumbered." There is many insightful and helpful sections. . . I especially enjoyed the guidance outlines for helping your boys enjoy reading, even when they don't really want to read. Many of the subjects Laura Lee Groves addressed are thought provoking and worth reading a second or third time through the years.When I won this book through First Reads, I knew that it was totally meant for me. I am very outnumbered with three boys, my husband and our dog. And it is a sad day when I have to admit that I cried when I found out I was having boys for my second and third child. Not that I don't love my boys, but I desperately desired to share part of my home with a little girl too... and have always felt it would be great for my husband. It is always nice to know that there are other mothers out there who share that experience and are more than willing to share their experiences on raising their children.But in reference to only the Christian sentiment in the book, I know that I was sent three boys for a reason and now I don't understand why I cried. They all have wonderful choice spirits and I strongly desire to help grow my relationship with them and learn how I can help them as much as possible. (Something that this book addressed wonderfully.) I appreciated that Groves backed up a lot of her writing with research and reference material about all the different subjects. It was very thought provoking.

  • Mailis Viiand
    2019-05-20 14:12

    Oh boy! This book should have a bright lettered warning on it, that it is meant to be read by devout Christians. I bought it, because as I have a small baby and little time to waste, I read snippets here and there, so these raising boys and other parenting books, are light and informative reads I prefer at this moment, as I have zero brain capacity to follow intricate plotlines right now. So all the atheists out there accidentally reading this book are probably going to be put off by all the biblical quotes as I was. Seems to me that every other page the main advice or wisdom was- you should pray about it. I'd like to believe there is something more to the world than meets the eye, but I don't believe in manmade religions that quote the scripture as the universal truth. Also I had this feeling that the author thinks that all women feel profound sadness when they give birth to the "aliens" aka boys or blue bundles as she calls them. I have never been mystified by he male world and don't have an overwhelming need for pink and ribbons or barbies. So I don't think I need to pray to get over the disappointment of having boys, thank you very much.I was hoping to read about personal experiences or fun memories, but this book felt more like a research based on loads of other authors books mixed with biblical study.It has some good advice, but lacks warmth.

  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    2019-05-22 21:18

    I'm a mom of boys and the only female in my home. Sometimes I do feel outnumbered! While I don't have 4 boys, I do have two. And, often, I have a handful of others, as our house is the gathering place of the neighborhood. In many ways I can relate to Laura Lee Groves and some of her experiences, and I thoroughly enjoyed her book.This isn't a giant parenting tome. It's a short, easily read Christian book filled with insights, personal experiences and scriptural references about parenting. Laura speaks openly about the importance of prayer in a mother's daily life. Christian principles are reinforced. There are practical tips and suggestions. This is a book that isn't read quickly. There are many, many great references and a terrific notes/reference section at the back. The section of Laura's boys' insights is fascinating, as is the section specifically for dads. I want to reread the book, this time with a high-lighter. A terrific addition to any parenting library and a great gift for new parents.

  • Lynnda Ell
    2019-05-13 14:21

    This book was written especially for me. No, I'm not a mother of boys. I came from a family with two daughters and I bore two daughters in my own family. Now however, I have FOUR grandsons! With such a history of women in my life, I had no idea that bringing up boys was so different from raising girls. Laura Lee Groves quickly set me straight in her book, I'm Outnumbered! This short, pithy book clearly presents the opportunities and hazzards in raising boys. It gives me ways to connect with my grandsons that were totally outside my experience. As I read about Ms. Groves adventures, I couldn't help comparing my own mothering experiences and laughing heartily over the differences. If boy children are in your life, I recommend that you get a copy of I'm Outnumbered! for your own piece of mind.Thank you, Librarything Early Reviewers program, for a free copy of the book.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-17 21:27

    I won this book here on Goodreads. Humorous genre was what I expected, so when I started it, I was a little disappointed. What a wonderfully insightful book this turned out to be! I wish it had been around when my boys were younger. Even though they're older now & only one is still at home, I'm using what I've learned from Mrs. Groves with pleasant results. After all these years, how come I hadn't "figured out" boys? Mrs. Groves took my hand & eloquently showed me the way. Her family is blessed to have her as she is blessed with them. Thank you for opening my eyes. Thank you to Cat with Kregel Publications for sending it & thank you to Goodreads for the chance to win it. I will be recommending it to every mother of boys that I know.

  • Karen
    2019-05-06 21:19

    I'm not exactly the target audience for this one- I only have two children and one of them is a girl- but it was a First Reads win, so I'm compelled to review. This was a quick read that could be a go-to reference in the future. I read so many books on parenting and suscribe to so many parenting magazines that lots of the advice that could apply to a mother of only one boy was not new to me, but it is still solid advice and I really enjoyed the scriptural references. Groves is well-researched and definitely has the life-experience to back herself up here. Though lots of this didn't necessarily apply to me, this was still a well-written, and to-the-point book on the topic (important to time-lacking moms) so it rates 4 stars from me.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-29 18:27

    I could have sworn I already reviewed and posted this, but I just couldn't find it. This was a great book. It was a good mix of personal experience, scripture references, along with studies and research findings. A lot of it was similar to things I'd been taught at church all my life, but don't really apply all the well still. So it was a great reminder. I loved it when she said she held up her first baby and asked something like " don't you want a baby brother?" when she was so frustrated with his behavior. Children really are a joy. Thanks for the reminder, and thaks for the free read.

  • Sally
    2019-04-27 15:16

    First-reads book.It's okay if you like being preached to - which is what it felt like. Instead of getting the warm advice and charming anecdotes I was expecting, I got a sprinkling of psychology and some heavy-handed "with God all things are possible."I'm even a religious person - I would classify myself as someone who is deeply religious and has a strong faith in God. But even I don't like being banged over the head with it when that wasn't why I picked up the book in the first place.And it was difficult to pick up this book after putting it down. It took me nearly three months to even review it. I'd say I was disappointed.

  • Myriah
    2019-05-19 21:26

    First off, and I didn't see this coming: The author believes in God. It's not a big deal, and I like faith filled women, however I wasn't expecting it, so it threw me off my guard. I thought the author did a great job explaining the differences in each child, and the things you need to watch out for when raising multiple boys. The author read another book that she very much referenced, so basically it was like going to a workshop where the speaker has some really great insights, advice, and personal experience, but really it is all based off of this other book she read and her faith in her God. I'm fine with it, but it wasn't what I was expecting.

  • Katie
    2019-05-06 21:05

    This book was an easy read. I didn't think the information was that amazing though, so I only gave it 3 stars. The mother raised 4 boys and shared some of her experiences with that. I enjoyed reading it (having 3 boys of my own) and will probably read some of the books she referenced as well.She is a devout Christian and shared lots of scriptures...which was fine with me, but might bother some other readers. If you are looking for a book that addresses good moral values though, this would be a good read.

  • Mary Nelson
    2019-04-30 14:12

    This book is a relaxed look at parenting sons, from birth through the school years with even a section about being the mother of the groom. With its gentle humor, reflections, and applicable scriptures, reading I'm Outnumbered is like talking with a trusted friend or big sister who seems to understand the crazy stories and the questions you have about living with a houseful of boys. Besides being an easy read, it is a good book to give or pass on to a new mom.

  • Katrina
    2019-05-02 14:28

    Good Reads First Reads winIt was interesting, the husband and I are a few years off on wanting children but it was still an interesting read. If you aren't into being preached too I would avoid it (not overly but very strong in the Christian themes) but other than that it was cute and full of good ideas.

  • Laurie
    2019-04-30 18:18

    This book had some good advice to offer on raising boys. I especially enjoyed the chapter that dealt with respect. I have two young sons and appreciated some of Laura Lee Groves' tidbits and revelations. I also enjoyed the end of the book when she had her sons answer some questions.

  • Becky
    2019-05-17 15:06

    Im a mom of four boys and really enjoy hearing other moms experiences. This isn't a book about discipline but it gives lots of reminders of how to fit in and keep up with your boys. I liked it

  • Margaret Chind
    2019-05-06 20:05

    -- Look for a preview in October.

  • 3boymommy
    2019-05-06 19:13

    Great book for all moms of boys, not just Christian moms.

  • Beth Trapani
    2019-05-07 14:25

    Can't say there was anything super 'new' here for me but this book was helpful in letting me know I am not alone. And, that it's possible to manage 2 (or more) boys without losing all control!

  • Ashley
    2019-05-11 18:12

    It was an entertaining read, and a lot of parts made me think of my brother :S yikes. but probably not something i, as an 18 year girl, would be likely to read again.

  • heidi
    2019-05-23 17:11

    Somehow I feel I have to read this book. Could it be the fact I have 4 sons?

  • Cheryl-Lynn
    2019-05-17 21:10

    looks like a good book for me- be great if I won it :-)

  • Veline
    2019-05-13 21:24

    I have three boys and one girl; the youngest is 18, so I wish I had read this book earlier. It is an easy read, and most of it is useful advice for any parent of more than one child.