A Single Mother’s Guide to Raising a Son is a fresh look at the realities of single mothers raising sons – from the rarely-heard informed male perspective of a man raised by a single mother. This book dares to go beyond the surface of political correctness to address the pitfalls and misunderstandings that have been preventing millions of single mothers from raising successful, productive, purpose-driven sons for decades. Its message is bold, hopeful, and empowering. Its benefit is real, practical and immediately useful to all those seeking to raise a purpose-driven son into a man the world can be proud of, despite the challenges presented by everyday single-mother life. Whether rich or poor, educated or not, if you are a woman raising a son without a man in the home, this book is a must-read.
The world has changed in so many ways, and no one has given our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, godmothers, foster mothers, or other heroines a guide to accomplishing the most difficult thing they may ever do in their entire lives – raising a young boy to a young man – without a man in the home. My thoughts will not help you raise a perfect man, as I am far from it. They will, however, give you many of the tools and perspectives you need to raise a great man. Great being a relative term, I foresee a time when today’s single mothers will be raising men that are not only good in the eyes of the brave women who care for them, but also great in the eyes of humanity. It is then a possibility that this next generation of men – great men – will see to it to eliminate the phenomena that has become single motherhood throughout the world, making it the exception rather than the norm.
I hope my book will change your perspective, inform you, give you hope, revitalize your spirit and encourage you to persevere. Where my words sound like criticism, it is out of love for my brothers, for the millions of women who have embraced, rather than abandoned us, and for my burning desire to see the day when society is more proud of its young men than they are afraid of and disappointed in them. No matter your race, nationality or social class, if you are a woman raising a boy by yourself, you share a common bond, a common challenge, and have within you the ability to change the landscape of society by dedicating yourself to the principles and ideas discussed in this book.