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Boys and Manners: 104 Things Your Boys NEED to Know [Kindle Edition]

Jim Erskine
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How Important Are Good Manners for Your Boys?

You already know the answer. "Very."

Emily Post said: "Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use."

Good old Emily Post was right. It doesn't really matter what fork your Boys use... The essence of Good Manners runs much deeper than that. A Boy's manners are reflected in how they interact with those around them - family members, their friends, other adults. The kind of manners your Boys display toward others tell more about their character than any words can say.

In days gone by, Good Manners used to be considered important -- even essential. But somehow over the past couple of generations, our society has shifted from "caring for others" to "pleasing ourselves". Academic achievement (learning facts and knowledge) has become much more important than learning to show civility and respect to those around us.

We live in a day and age where manners are NOT highly valued -- and bad manners are actively promoted. Plain old common courtesy is at an all-time low. If ever there was a time that instilling good manners into our Boys was difficult, it is now. In fact, this can be one of the toughest jobs a parent has to face.

BOYS AND MANNERS contains some of the tools you need to l help guide you in your ongoing quest to instill better manners into your Boys... and at the same time help them understand the true reasons why "good manners" are so vitally important, right now and for their future.

There are three sections in this manual:

PART ONE: 100 Important Things Your Boys Need to Know:  A Guide to Boys and Manners

Boys with good manners are the kind of people that you want to be around, able to demonstrate respect, and themselves respected. Boys who use good manners, who can comfortably carry on a conservation, and know how to act appropriately with people of different ages and backgrounds  are more likely to achieve than those who can’t. By teaching our boys good manners, we are giving them skills they can use in every aspect of their lives. Part one contains much practical advice on how to "teach" good manners to your boys day in and day out. Included are 104 important examples of good manners at home, in public, with friends, and rules of conduct that every boy should be aware of and try to live by. 

PART TWO: Teaching Boys Manners: Parents Share Their Best Tips and Strategies


We asked over 350 families: “What advice would you give to other families who are trying to instill some better manners into their Boys? What has worked for you? What tips and techniques actually help these things “stick”? The common themes they shared came through loud and clear. There are specific ways to instill manners in Boys, and they don't always come easy and they never come quick - but these tried-and-true tips and strategies will light the way.

PART THREE: The Rules of the House: Parents Share Their Most Important Household Manners

Next question we asked: “If you decided to post the most important rules of your household on your refrigerator door right at eye level so your boys would see it every day (and so you could direct their attention to it often) -- what would you put there?" In this section you'll find their responses – real, nitty-gritty "house rules" from boy-filled households (from the practical to the hysterically funny) that will help you know what you should expect from your boys, and will let you develop your own "house rules".

BOYS AND MANNERS is a resource collection designed to help you with one of the toughest parenting jobs of all... instilling good manners into your boys. Yes, it is Tough with a capital "T"... but the goal is attainable... the benefits are tremendous... and your Boys are worth it!


Product Details

  • File Size: 156 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Homeway Press (March 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OC4J2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource April 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great book. It is a compilation of advice, and pretty much covers what you need to help your son become a mannerly gentleman, and to help your entire household to run more smoothly. It also has lots for us as parents to think about, to refine ourselves, and become better people. Many of the instructions in this book could be used for very relevant copywork, or you could even make posters and put them around the house.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK -- maybe 2.5 stars? April 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
First off, if you are offended by a book that quotes occasionally from the Bible and refers to Christian principles, this book is not for you. I am not rating it low due to that (I am a Christian), but I know that this is an issue with Amazon customers -- when religious content isn't clearly noted. This book wasn't overly heavy on religious content, but it was definitely written from a more traditional perspective.

I was really looking forward to learning something from this book, but struggled with the content due to its repetitiveness and minimal organization. Much of it read as if sentences had been cut-and-pasted from e-mail suggestions with very little editing. The formatting was also erratic -- but maybe that had something to do with Kindle? I don't know.

I think that this book would be most useful for parents who have not had good manners/parenting modeled to them. This is an important topic and I am disappointed that I didn't get more "take home" value, but since it was free, I got what I "paid" for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical advice April 5, 2012
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This book is chock full of good solid common sense advice. Very easy to read. It is not full of uppity mannerisms. But very down to earth. All the things that help people function well in the world. The things I want my children to know but sometimes I can't seem to find the words to vocalize are all in here. Very glad to have read this and will refer back to it often.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Advice April 5, 2012
By Kelly
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Mr. Erskine draws on more than just his personal experiences, he gathered information from hundreds of families with boys. His book is laid out in a well organized format. He goes over a list of important manners that are so often overlooked these days. Then he gives you practical tips for helping your young men remember those manners. Lastly, he offers some "house rules" used by parents. Some things are funny. Some are common sense. I always prefer to hear from people who have been there, not some "expert".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Help for Civilizing the next generation April 5, 2012
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[Homeschool Dad's wife] At the alarming rate that good manners have declined, I recommend parents, grandparents and anyone who works with kids to grab this quick and easy read with loads of practical advice. You'll be able to explain that manners are the key to getting where you want to be: respected, well-liked and pleasant to be around. The first portion of the book has numbered tips that cover a variety of settings. I was thinking it would be helpful to post a couple tips each week to remind my kids. The second section shares nuggets of wisdom from parent about implementing training on manners (some of these comments are quite funny...). Lots of good, practical suggestions and some encouragement not to give up. The last section is a compilation of suggestions on creating "Rules of the House." A great springboard for family discussion on what to include in your own unique set of House Rules. All in all, this is a dandy little volume with lots of helpful advice and encouragement. Grab your copy today and do your part to help civilize the next generation!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! April 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a mom of three young boys this book is a must have! I cannot wait to take in all the info in this book! In this day of age of adults not even saying 'you're welcome' when your child says 'thank you' I believe everyone should read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Common Sense Book April 6, 2012
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This book is a very well-written book of manners, especially for boys. Having two grandsons, most of it is common sense, but the author does a very good job of presenting the information in a way that a parent can relate to their sons. My grandson (at age 12) has actually enjoyed reading it on my Kindle and checking off the "good manner" things he already does and has set goals to accomplish the rest. Very well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great help from the Erskines April 5, 2012
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Jim Erskine brings us another book filled with wonderful quotes and good advice... "One thing's for certain: Boys need LOTS of directions in developing manners. Trying to convince an uncivilized young boy that he should have good manners is what marketers call a "tough sell." They are naturally free spirits who do not want to be "civilized", and feel deep-down that having "good manners" is just a bit too girly." This is followed a few pages later with "By teaching our boys good manners, we are giving them skills they can use in every aspect of their lives." I'm looking forward to trying to implement some of these ideas with my two boys (and my dear daughter too). Thanks, Jim, for another book!! Blessings. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all helpful
I'm raising three boys and I know there are some finer details of manners that I've probably missed along the way, so I read this book hoping to fill in the gaps. It didn't. Read more
Published 5 days ago by mychellem
1.0 out of 5 stars Erica
Just a laundry list some of which seems impractical for today's world. One parent even recommended spanking. Really? Aren't we we beyond these types of suggestions.
Published 20 months ago by Erica C
5.0 out of 5 stars Boys and Manners: 104 Things Your Boys Need
I recommend this book to anyone raising boys. The book is right that today's society doesn't require manners. I want to raise my boys with manners. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
This book is wonderful and very helpful. My son is autistic, and this book was recommended to me to be able to help him with his manners. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by Leggbreaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Must need for boys
I love this book. It is easily read and does keep the attention of non interested boys! It is an easy way to teach boys manners with out the "harping!"
Published on June 4, 2012 by Jana Hager
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Resource.
Boys and Manner:104 Things Your Boys NEED to know, has excellent information and is worded in such away that it was easily understood by my son who is 13yrs. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by pforlifer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Manuel for Manners
I was excited to come across a total list of important manners children need to learn. A particular rule may not apply to them right now, but when the situation does present... Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide for Parents
"Don't talk to someone in a rude way unless you are willing for them to speak back at you in the same manner. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Rebecca of Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book is as Advertised - A Lot of Great Advice
This reviewer rates this book 4.8 stars (rounded up to 5.0 stars).

Best quote from the book: One thing's for certain: Boys need LOTS of direction in developing manners. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by The Kindle Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars A great little ebook!
I really enjoyed this ebook. It could have been written a little better and had slightly better editing, but the list of "things your boys need to know" struck me as comprehensive... Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Richard J. Elgie Jr.
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