Books are an amazing tool for parents. Full of wisdom and advice, the parenting section of any bookstore is exploding with options for just about every situation and type of child you can imagine. Along with great encouragement, books can offer perspective and insight into better understanding children, and books to build a stronger mother-son relationship are just what a mom raising boys needs to see the world through her son's eyes.
When it comes to mother-son bonding techniques, books can be a great vehicle for building the relationship. Whether you read a book on your own that helps you better understand the specific struggles a boy might face, or if you and your son read book together, the result is the same — creating a meaningful connection between the two of you. The time you invest your relationship with your son becomes building blocks for the type of man he will one day be, and if books can be a catalyst for making that task easier, than you have one more reason to keep adding to your home library.
If you're a mother who has been seeking out new ways to strengthen your relationship with your son, settle into your favorite chair and crack open one of these 15 books to help your build a stronger relationship with your son.
1. 'Strong Mothers, Strong Sons' by Meg Meeker
Veteran pediatrician Meg Meeker helps mothers understand the unique challenges that come with raising boys in her book Strong Mothers, Strong Sons. Using encouragement and thoughtful advice, Meeker guides moms of boys along their role in raising sons to reach their full potential.
2. 'Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone' by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone is a great book for young boys readers to read together with their mother. The main character, Harry, doesn't have a mother, which provides great opportunities to explore the impact of the mother-son relationship.
3. 'How Do You Tuck In A Superhero?' by Rachel Balducci
By sharing her own stories and thoughts on life with sons, author Rachel Balducci validates the feelings of her fellow moms of boys in How Do You Tuck In A Superhero?. Using warmth and humor, these stories help moms to see there are many ways to consider and connect with their sons.
4. 'The Lightening Thief' by Rick Riordan
If you and your son like reading series, it's easy to get hooked on the Percy Jackson books. Full of fantasy and adventure, the first book, The Lightning Thief, will provide hours of bonding for mothers and sons.
5. 'Wild Things' by Stephen James & David Thomas
Exploring the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a boy, Wild Things is the work of two family therapists who work with boys and their parents. Drawing inspiration from Where The Wild Things Are, this is a read for any mom who wants to better understand what a boy's experience is like.
6. 'The Boys' Book' by Dominique Enright
Full of projects and fun ideas to try out, The Boys' Book gives mothers and sons plenty of exciting ways to spend their time together. From starting a fire, to ripping a phone book in half, this book is the answer to the lament: I'm bored.
7. 'A Boy's Guide To Making Really Good Choices' by Jim George
Written with boys ages 8 to 12 in mind, A Boy's Guide To Making Really Good Choices focuses on the decision making process and possible consequences to wrong choices. It is an encouraging guide for young men, challenging them to think ahead and be proud of their choices.
8. 'Pranklopedia' by Julie Winterbottom
Pranklopedia is just what it sounds like — a prank encyclopedia for the prankster who's seen it all. Moms and sons can bond over the funny ideas, and use them as inspiration to pull some pranks of their own.
9. 'Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, And Snake Hill' by James Patterson
The main character in Middle School has a hard time making friends and feeling included. The storyline provides plenty of opportunities for mothers to discuss with their sons how bullying behaviors effect everyone involved, which can lead to some great conversations on how to treat other people.
10. 'Boys Should Be Boys' by Meg Meeker
From the author of Strong Mothers, Strong Sons, Boys Should Be Boys tackles some of the big questions moms have about raising boys. The answers are presented as a guide for taking on the spirit of boys with an understanding of what they need to be successful in childhood as well as adulthood.
11. 'What A Son Needs From His Mom' by Cheri Fuller
Ever wondered what makes boys tick and why your son can be such a tricky puzzle to solve? Read What A Son Needs From His Mom to start better understanding why boys do the things they do, and what role a mom plays in building his character.
12. 'The Everything Kids Science Experiment Book' by Tom Robinson
You'll never search for an activity to do together again thanks to The Everything Kids Science Experiment Book. Mothers and sons will love spending time together, bonding over science. With tons of experiments to test, this book will be a great resource for years of entertainment.
13. 'My Book About Me' by Dr. Suess
Moms can help their sons explore what makes them special in My Book About Me. With opportunities to write and draw interesting things all about them, boys can use this book to create their own story.
14. 'Q&A A Day For Kids' by Betsy Franco
With writing prompts for three years, Q&A A Day For Kids will easily become a family treasure. Designed for children to use with their parents, moms and sons can use this book as their special time to think, reflect, and dream together.
15. 'Boys Adrift' by Leonard Sax, M.D., PhD.
A look at how modern culture has set an unhealthy environment for boys to thrive, Boys Adrift explores how to find solutions and implement strategies for this obstacles that hold boys back.