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5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son

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From the cradle to college, tell your sons the truth about life before they believe the culture's lies.

For parents with boys newborn to eighteen, 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son will be as much a part of the boyhood journey as those Legos you're still finding under the sofa cushions and the garage full of sports equipment. Award-winning youth culture commentato
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by B&H Books (first published May 2nd 2011)
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Andy
Jun 18, 2013 Andy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: garbage-can
This book was so unbelievably awful it was unbearable. I didn't even get through the table of contents before deciding it was garbage. Yet another politically motivated, homophobic, antipornography, anti-everything that the author perceives as abnormal rant based on nothing but STEREOTYPES that she presents as being based on truths. Credibility should seriously be called into question here.

If you look into Vicki Courtney's background you'll quickly see that she must have an agenda with ties to s
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April
Jan 26, 2013 April rated it it was amazing
What a great book! Especially if you're a Christian mom raising boys for the first time. There are subjects in here...that I know I would have touched on, but I love her approach. I like that she backed up her ideas with scripture...and it was cute (and in places scary) with her added stories of her boys. I bought this as an e-book and highlighted many parts...especially in the "sex and pornography" area. I appreciate the way she thinks, and that she's mom enough to put it down for others to add ...more
Starry
Jul 25, 2013 Starry rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book to Christian moms with sons, preferably sons in their "tweens" or younger. The author presents important information, including statistics, on topics relevant to parenting tween/teen boys, and she does so in an engaging and often humorous way. She starts with the easiest (which isn't always easy): explaining that our sons are wired to live dangerously. Yes, I need to be reminded to let my son take chances and explore his limits. (Sigh!) But it gets harder from there. ...more
Becky Sayler
Feb 10, 2014 Becky Sayler rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
In this book, the author focuses more on the reasons why you should cover these particular topics with your sons, and less on how to actually do it. The conversations are: 1. Don't define manhood by the culture's wimpy standards; it's okay to be a man! 2. What you don't learn to conquer may become your master. 3. Not everyone's doing it! (And other naked truths about sex you won't hear in the locker room.) 4. Boyhood is only for a season. P.S. It's time to grow up! 5. Godly men are in short supp ...more
Hypia Sanches
Feb 21, 2013 Hypia Sanches rated it it was ok
E-book provided by NetGalley.

2 stars because: 1. "Misogynistic" doesn't even begin to describe how awfully prejudiced lots of poor generalizations here are. 2. Too many arguments based on religion. I don't think one needs religion to know right from wrong. 3. There is a quote similar to "I was describing the kind of girl I'd like my sons to stay away from and I realized I was describing myself when I was their age". Can you say "hypocrisy"?

This book has lots of things I had a problem with - but
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Steven
Oct 15, 2015 Steven rated it liked it
Some good thoughts and great advice. I may agree on all points. A minor note: as a father, I wish the author would avoid the phrase “As mothers, we….” I would have written “As parents, we ….”

This bothers me further because I see it as part of the unquestioned paradigm of contemporary Christian publishing: men won’t set foot in a bookstore. Of course, that is false. We may not buy as many books as women, but don’t count us out. Publish books of merit, and men will buy them. Will men buy historica
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Riss
Nov 03, 2015 Riss rated it did not like it
This is a really great book urging parents to reassure their sons that they do not have to conform to our culture's narrow definition of masculinity.

Just don't go to starbucks or wear skinny jeans because those are for girls. Lattes are especially for girls. O-oh my god. Are you wearing pink?? Don't you know that's the woman color? Why don't you want to be the man of my weird, middle age mom fantasy? You know the one! The Marlboro man! That was the time of GOOD, MANLY MEN. Let's bring that back
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5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 · rating details · 143 ratings · 31 reviews
From the cradle to college, tell your sons the truth about life before they believe the culture's lies.

For parents with boys newborn to eighteen, 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son will be as much a part of the boyhood journey as those Legos you're still finding under the sofa cushions and the garage full of sports equipment. Aw
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Crystal
This book discusses topics that parents often don't know how to discuss with their sons and offers guidance on when and how to approach those topics in order to raise godly, responsible men. The book was ok though I think the first half was much better than the second half. The author started to lose my interest a bit somewhere in chapter 9. Overall, there are some good nuggets in here but I'm not sure I would read it again. I had planned to read the girl's version, and I may still read it just ...more
Pam Camel
Jun 10, 2013 Pam Camel rated it liked it
"From the cradle to college, tell your sons the truth about life before they believe the culture's lies.

For parents with boys newborn to eighteen, 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son will be as much a part of the boyhood journey as those Legos you're still finding under the sofa cushions and the garage full of sports equipment. Award-winning youth culture commentator Vicki Courtney helps moms and dads pinpoint and prepare the discussions that should be ongoing in a boy's formative years
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Jo-Anne Puggioni
Nov 28, 2011 Jo-Anne Puggioni rated it really liked it
In her book 5 conversations you must have with your son, Vicki Courtney invites us to talk to our sons about the important issues.


The five conversations are listed below:


Conversation 1: Don't define manhood by the culture's wimpy standards. It's OK to be a man!


Conversation 2: What you don't learn to conquer may become your master

Conversation 3: Not everyone's doing it! (And other naked truths about sex you won't hear in the locker room.)

Conversation 4: Boyhood is only for a season. P.S. It's
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Cheryl
Jul 25, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it
I must admit that when I was sent a copy of this book that I was not sure about reading it. I don’t have any children but I do have nephews. I like that Mrs. Courtney shares during the introduction that she is not an expert on children but just a mom. This started off the book in the right step for me. I don’t want to read about someone preaching to me about the do’s and don’t on how to raise a child.

Vicki Courtney breaks this book up into five different conversations…”Don’t define manhood by t
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Brandy Painter
Jul 28, 2012 Brandy Painter rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
If I had read this before reading Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter it probably would have received the 4 stars, while that received the 3. It is a good book with solid information talking about things that must be talked about. It is, if you have both sons and daughters, highly repetitive of the first book. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot here that is not in the first book and makes it worth reading. However, large chunks of the first book are repeated. Verbatim. Copy/Paste ...more
Ligia Stockwell
Oct 13, 2015 Ligia Stockwell rated it really liked it
I really liked this one too! It had some really hard topics to discuss with my son, but very VERY important. The author is very real and shares her heart about her sons.
Jackie
Jul 23, 2015 Jackie rated it it was amazing
I will recommend this book to all my Christian friends who are mothers raising sons. Vicki Courtney makes some excellent points. She tells it like it is with boys, and I will be a better mom because of it. She addresses some subjects that are difficult to broach in a very honest, caring, down-to-earth, mom-to-mom manner. 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son was worth the time it took me to read it.
Lisa Haugen
Mar 30, 2015 Lisa Haugen rated it really liked it
Wish I would have read this when my son was a bit younger, but the author does a good job of relating it to her older boys.
Joshua Spotts
May 05, 2012 Joshua Spotts rated it really liked it
Vicki Courtney's 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son is unconventional: first, because it is written by a mother instead of a father; and second, because it is targeted at mothers. The book looks at how to talk to sons during their years under parental wings. It starts with arguments against the images of emasculated men as seen in automotive ads on TV and Super-Bowl commercials, and progresses to talk about manners, education, dating, personal health, religious disciplines, and even fin ...more
Jaime
Oct 07, 2013 Jaime rated it liked it
I'm not sure how I keep doing it but I seem to be picking up Christian parenting and marriage books without meaning to. The message in them isn't 100% "me" because I'm not practicing a religion but I do agree with a lot of the sentiments in this book about raising boys to be respectful of women and raising them to be, well, men...not "Peter Pan" (a man-child that still needs someone to take care of him well into his 20s and beyond.) Like all self-help or how-to books, I don't think this book is ...more
Eric
Apr 19, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it
This book is intended for mom's to read about their sons but as a dad I found it of benefit. The main thrust of the book is to train up our sons to be godly, independent men who are able to leave the nest at an early age and provide for themselves. The books spends a lot of time debunking the pop culture myths of what a man is and how they should act. As parents we have to be bold in approaching our sons and be their primary teachers on sex, money, spiritual things, etc. this will be the best de ...more
Shannon
Jul 04, 2014 Shannon rated it liked it
I need to get talkin'...
Emily M
Aug 18, 2011 Emily M rated it it was amazing
I will read this book again every couple of years while raising my boys. The way Courtney presents information regarding how to talk to our boys about things like sex, porn, and much more is very reader and user-friendly. I appreciate the Christian perspective she brings to table, too, in regards to educating our kids about important life-changing topics - not overly conservative and in some ways more progressive than I often hear in Christian circles.
Mary
Jun 22, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mothers and fathers of boys
Like its counterpart for daughters, this is a sobering book that I would recommend to all moms and dads of boys. Some of the subject matter is really heavy, so thank goodness for Vicki Courtney's sense of humor and down-to-earth writing style. Rearing children is a huge responsibility and I'm thankful for authors like Mrs. Courtney who compile research and share their experiences and successes.
Tara
Mar 10, 2012 Tara rated it did not like it
The author of this book was very opinionated. I did not agree with many things she had to say. She was a little too conservative, a little too "Texan", and a little too anti-feminist. There were a few good aspects of the book, but not one of my favorites on raising boys. Hey, if I survive the whole experience, maybe I'll write my own book. Parenting definitely is a learn as you go process!
Tracie Griggs
Jun 26, 2012 Tracie Griggs rated it liked it
I think this book offers some helpful and practical tips but I was slightly bothered by the way she made some generalizations about boys that did not always apply to my own children. It may not be the perfect fit for the parent of a boy who is more artistic or less athletic, but if read as a whole, it is probably good information to consider.
Christin Osborn
Jul 15, 2011 Christin Osborn rated it it was ok
I thought this book was okay. It gave me some things to think about, but there was a lot I didn't agree with, mainly because it seems to "pie in the sky" about some of the issues. I have the one for daughters and I am going to read that one next, but I have a feeling I will agree with it even less.
Emily
Aug 11, 2011 Emily marked it as to-read
I'm not sure that I will agree with the points this author makes, based on the chapter titles. But I think it is worth a look. I like to gather a wide variety of information and opinions from others and then judge for myself and take from what I think is good.
Donna Key
Jul 03, 2012 Donna Key rated it really liked it
My sons are younger and I found most of this book is more appropriate for older (pre-teen or teen) boys. But overall I thought it had a lot of good advice. I need to read it every year or so for a refresher as my boys get older.
Stella
Jun 28, 2012 Stella marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Help Girls to grow into gracious loving intelligent women
My Husband and I are mentoring two young men who have not had strong father figures in their lives. We are in the process of starting one Bible Study with them... If all goes well I would like to do this with them next.
Vicky
Feb 21, 2013 Vicky rated it really liked it
I'm going to keep this, have Forrest read parts, and refer to it as they get older. Lots of good things to think about as a my boys become men, especially things that as a girl, I don't think about.
Lori
Oct 05, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
Easy to read book that was interesting and helpful to find words for conversations with my 10 year old son about sex, pornography, attitudes toward others, and love for God first.
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Vicki Courtney is a speaker and the author of numerous books and Bible studies. For more information, check out her author page at www.VickiCourtney.com.
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