It didn't take long for me to find the line where Dannah encouraged the handing over the book. I wasn't much farther along when I saw that most of this book was written from one mom to another, with Dad-snippets along the way.
No matter. Parenting should be a team sport and I want to raise a boy who becomes a godly young man, so I kept reading. I don't know about you, but I always wonder about the author when I read a book. What are they hiding? What's the real background to the ideas in the book? How much are they making per book? Could I make some extra cash by writing a book?
Especially when it comes to parenting books, I wonder if and when I'll come across something that exposes the parents as being unrealistic, thus leaving the rest of us normal people to find another solution.
I never found the crazy.
Dannah, and snippet-writing Bob, did a good job of staying practical with their ideas and realistic about results. They point to many outside resources, to back up research and to further a parent's arsenal of weapons. They also say, over and over again, how much prayer went into their successful mission of raising a good boy into a great man.
From when to start the awkward conversations to things to keep an eye on, Dannah takes moms (and Dads who read) on a ride form tween to adulthood. It's a ride worth taking, even if most of the book is written to moms.
One word of warning; don't let your son see you reading it. He tends to get a little nervous and will see future conversations as high risk.