Sons and Sanity

Savvy Mom's Guide to Sons

My boys are tracked out for the next three weeks. Not everyone understands this lingo, so let me explain. My kids attend year-round school, nine weeks at school and then three week breaks between quarters. It’s fun and exhausting all in the same breath. We go to the park, the museum, and the bouncy house place, and then we come home, and I tidy up, throw in a load of laundry before we move onto our next adventure. Boys are constantly on the move, and this is one of the ways we all stay sane. Until I found the book, The Savvy Mom’s Guide to SonsIt was hiding under a stack of books on my nightstand, and I remembered that Family Christian sent it to me to review. I continued reading the cover, 101 Real World Tips to Improve your Relationship- and Save Your SanityI needed this book more than ever as I sat down on the side of my bed and begin reading through the tips listed in the contents.

Don't Stop Praying

The tips start from birth and touch on points from toddlerhood to puberty and then end at manhood. The author, Tina Krause writes from experience having raised 2 sons and now enjoys 5 grandchildren. Tip #10 grabbed my attention with the heading Remember; it may feel like a job, but motherhood is a ministry. She continues the dialogue with the quote- If motherhood was meant to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor. Each tip is followed by a relateable antidote then a Word from the Word (a Bible verse), a Think About It section and then Final Thoughts. By the time I got to the Final Thoughts, I was feeling calm and serene again and ready for our next adventure.

Some other favorite tips included:

Tip #12, Church Begins at Home; Talk to Your Son about Jesus.

Tip #14, Enjoy Them When They Are Young, even though you’re unsure of what that means. (I’m constantly telling myself this).

Tip #39, Don’t Underestimate your Role. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. -William Wallace.

The book offers 101 Sanity Saving Tips, too many to list here, but perfect to read a few a day when the kids are out of school or when you just need some perspective or a pat-on-the-back. We don’t always hear, You’re doing a great job, Mom. So, it’s nice to get the encouragement whether it’s from a book or a friend.

You can purchase The Savvy Mom’s Guide to Sons from Amazon. Unfortunately, Family Christian store closed.


23 comments on “Sons and Sanity”

  1. I would like to find a good bible study that I can do at my own pace on my own time. That is what I would find at the Family Christian store.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    I found your post at Small Victories Sunday!
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    1. Rachel says:

      Family Christian offers many Bible Studies. Thanks for stopping by from Small Victories Sunday.

  2. June says:

    I would like Janetbasket.

    1. Rachel says:

      I didn’t even know what Janetbasket was till you mentioned it. Such a cute way to stay organized. I just love how Family Christian offers a wide selection of products.

  3. This sounds like my kind of book. I have two boys and they keep me on my toes. Thank you for telling us about this book.
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  4. This sounds like my kind of book. I have two boys and they keep me on my toes. Thank you for telling us about this book.
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    1. Rachel says:

      I know what you mean, Crystal. This book really helped me during those crazy times.

  5. I’d like to get that book. Those tips listed already hit home with me for both my son & daughter. Also, I’ve been meaning to go look for a devotional. This would be the perfect kick to go do so. Thanks for the chance to win!
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    1. Rachel says:

      This book is a wonderful devotional too with Bible verses that relate to each tip.

  6. Thanks for the chance to win. I would probably get this book actually and share it with my sisters in laws, we all have boys! Thanks for the chance to win and sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup. Will pin to our linkup board tomorrow!
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    1. Rachel says:

      This book is a perfect gift for a mother of boys. Maybe even a shower gift too. Thanks for stopping by and pinning.

  7. This book very much looks like something I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Rachel says:

      It’s a wonderful book with so many useful tips.

  8. I would put it towards a new bible for my little boy 🙂
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    1. Rachel says:

      My boys love their Bibles. That would be a wonderful gift.

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    1. Rachel says:

      Family Christian offers beautiful decorations. I love their wall art and Willow Tree Angels.

  10. Peggy H says:

    I woujld like to get the Action Bible for my grandsons.

    1. Rachel says:

      I love the Action Bible. It’s perfect for boys to get them excited about God’s word.

  11. Jennifer says:

    If I win, I’d purchase something for my kids’ Easter baskets.

    1. Rachel says:

      Great idea. Family Christian has a wonderful selection of kid toys and books.

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