RISE BEFORE THE SON by Jenieka L.  Pearson


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A concise advice manual for mothers raising sons on their own.

In this brief nonfiction debut, Pearson shares her ideas on how single mothers can bring up their male children to be “strong, successful, business oriented, goal driven, powerful” people. She opens her book with a memory of her conservative pastor grandfather, who used to preach that women couldn’t raise sons properly without men’s help, and how that sermon galvanized her to succeed when she was faced with exactly that task. “I believe that every parent has their own special bond with their child,” she writes, “and it can’t be compared to anything else.” This sentiment sits awkwardly alongside a book of instructions on child-rearing, particularly when the author suggests specific routes of conversation with one’s child. However, the clear, underlying sentiment is that one should be selfless when it comes to a son’s welfare: “You must get it in your mind that you want the best for your son and nothing less,” the author writes. “Be the model to your boy that he needs. Stop dwelling on what should have been and focus on what is.” This reflects Pearson’s assertion that single mothers should stop focusing on “what if,” and instead focus on “what now.” Overall, the book would have benefited from a stronger edit to correct distracting punctuation choices; for example, Pearson writes, “You may wonder how ‘my son’ manages to help me out,” with “my son” set off in quotation marks for no clear reason, and at another point, she writes, “Is it because, we don’t know any other way?” However, the book’s main contention is a welcome one—that even someone with no child-rearing experience can raise “strong, successful” children alone.

A short but heartfelt child care guide, hampered by occasional typographical issues.

Pub Date: April 10th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5320-7079-2
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: iUniverse
Program: Kirkus Indie
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