Boy-sterous Living by Jean Blackmer~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ September 16th, 2009


Boy-sterous Living Celebrating Your Loud & Rowdy Life with Sons by Jean Blackmer.

I love mothering a boy. Sometimes he leaves me bewildered and unsure of how to parent him–especially by myself!  But I so enjoy having a boy in my life.

I especially like reading books by parents with older boys. They have so much wisdom and often remind me to have more fun and lighten up.

As a side note, I’ll share that it hurts my heart to hear women who only have girls make snide comments about boys. Things like “I’m so glad I don’t have a boy.” or “Boys are so gross.”  is not kind or helpful.

I’m always surprised when these comments come from Christian women. I personally feel that these comments are evidence of feminism. Too many people have bought into the lie that boys are a burden.

Those of us entrusted by God with these precious little boys want to raise them to be godly men and leaders. Moms of girls must want godly men for their daughter’s future right?

Here’s my advice for moms of girls only–please don’t look down your nose at little boys. Be thankful that God has given them parents who deeply desire God’s best for these future men.

I enjoyed reading Jean’s book. It’s funny and well written. She shares stories both funny and frightening and uses them to drive home her point.

She gives tips on communicating with “cavemen”, love, having fun, and more.

Jean is currently the Publishing Manager for MOPS International and she’s been free-lance writing for 16 years. She has been published in a variety of local and national publications, including: Guideposts, MomSense, Today’s Christian Woman, Christian Parenting Today, American Girl, Proverbs 31 Woman, Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul, Chicken Soup Cookbook for the Busy Mom’s Soul, Focus on the Family’s Teen Phases, Guideposts Miracle Series, and others.

She also co-authored her first book, Where Women Walked: Powerful True Stories of Women’s Perseverance and God’s Provision. (Tyndale/Focus on the Family, 2004) This book was nominated for a Gold Medallion Award.
Jean graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor’s (1987) and a Master’s (1992) degree in Journalism. She lives in Boulder with her husband Zane; three boys, Josh, Jordan, and Jake. Find out more about Jean here!

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4 Thoughts Shared to Boy-sterous Living by Jean Blackmer~Book Review

  1. Beth

    I get the same comments having girls…I think it is just a shift in thinking and comfort zone! I do have to say that when my youngest (by 10 years) was conceived and I knew the sex that I was relieved it was a girl…that way I didn’t have to learn anything new! But if she happened to be a he I would have been fine too!

  2. Pam

    There is a book that my daughter recomends
    (she is a teacher) it is called The Minds of Boys. It talks about the many different ways boys can be motivated, how they learn differently and ways to encourage comunication. God Bless, Pam
    PS I saw a couple with this message on their
    t-shirts a while back while pushing 2 year old quads in their strollers “We’re Glad Their Ours Too” apparently one too many people said to them “I’m glad they are yours and NOT mine”

  3. Katherine

    Since I have four boys, during the last two pregnancies, I often heard, “Trying for a girl this time?” My reply is kind, but firm: “No,we don’t try for either–my boys are not mistaken attempts for a girl.” I also let them know that I would enjoy the experience of having a girl, but am quite satisfied with whatever God chooses for me! 😉 I think He knows what he’s doing…

    Awesome reply!

  4. Jean Blackmer

    Thanks for the book review and enjoy those boys!


    you are welcome

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