Mothers everywhere know there is a special bond between herself and her children, all her children. However, the love between a mother and son is a unique, different kind of bond.
But, can that bond be so strong that it becomes detrimental to the son and his evolution into a man? Author, pastor, father of two, and reformed "mama's boy" Glenn Brooks Jr. thinks so.
Mr. Brooks has penned a new book, "How To Raise A Man ... not a Momma's Boy!" to help mothers (and fathers), who are often uninformed and overwhelmed, understand the damage that can be done to young boys by aligning them too closely with their mothers.
He believes that by growing up with mostly female role models he himself learned to process things like an woman (based on emotion) and not like a man (based on logic). He believes this upbringing was detrimental to him and wrote this book to help mothers who do not understand the damage they could be doing to their sons just by loving them "too" much.
In an email interview for this article, Mr. Brooks answered some key questions many people (especially mothers) may have regarding this subject, including his opinions on who a "mama's boy" really is and why being a "mama's boy" is a bad thing. He wrote in the email interview:
"My definition of a Momma's Boy is a boy who emotionally thinks, responds and sometimes behaves like a female. My experience has taught me that this kind of behavior leads to young boys growing up to become overly sensitive men, who in many cases find there significance in women. The key word here is 'emotional'. Men typically are logical thinkers. We are cause and effect driven not emotional driven. I, on the other hand, grew up as a very passive, talkative boy, who'd rather talk about you behind your back rather then confront you. This later lead to me becoming a petty dude, who would rather blame than accept responsibility for my actions. So when asked the question what's wrong that, the answer is simple, as a young boy, I was never taught how to emotionally process like a man."