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In Boy Lessons: What I’ve Learned from My Sons, Jeff Johnson shares a secret he’s been keeping about fatherhood: you learn as much as you teach.
Jeff and his wife, Sondi, helped their sons through everything from brotherly fights and irrational fears (clowns, thunder, off-brand toilet paper) to “promposals” and their first teenage jobs. From toddlerhood to that self-centered stage before they left for college Thor and Rolf had many lessons to learn—but every stage included plenty of unexpected lessons for their dad too.
A few tidbits of wisdom he learned along the way . . .
- Other people’s kids aren’t as perfect as you think.
- Save the real battles for things that truly matter.
- Take conversations when they come (even at bedtime).
- Kids become frugal when we make money scarce.
- Pray together whenever you can.
Every boy is beautifully unique, and predictably the same. All boys go through similar phases and challenges and cause their parents the same headaches and joys.
Filled with reflections that are at once familiar and new, Boy Lessons will help you understand your sons better, put their behavior into sharper perspective, and make you a better parent.
Jeff Johnson is a graduate of Concordia College and Georgetown Law School. He has worked as an employment attorney in Minneapolis and Chicago and served as president of his own firm providing mediation and investigation services to employers. He’s a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and founded NorthStar Neighbor, a Minnesota nonprofit matching volunteers with seniors in need. He was the Republican candidate for Minnesota governor in 2014 and 2018.
Jeff has spent much of the past thirty years learning firsthand the joys and challenges that boys can bring to an already full life. He has tutored boys in homeless shelters in Chicago, Washington DC, and Minneapolis; coached them in baseball, football, and soccer; taught them in Sunday School and confirmation classes and, with his wife Sondi, raised two awesome sons, Thor and Rolf.