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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034551369X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345513694
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If you want to raise a boy you’ll be proud of, read Boys Should Be Boys.”—Dave Ramsey

“Filled with inspirational vignettes, Boys Should Be Boys empowers parents to stay involved and protect their sons’ innocence. It’s a wonderfully written and eye-opening book–a must-read.”—Neil Bernstein, Ph.D., author of There When He Needs You

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Let Boys Be Boys

Boyhood used to be a time of freedom and fun--of catching bullfrogs, playing tackle football, and roaming the woods--but not anymore. Rambunctious, high-spirited boys--healthy boys--nowadays face an increasingly hostile world that doesn't value the unique gifts of boys, that discounts their masculine virtues, and that undermines what boys need to become mature, confident, and thoughtful men. In Boys Should Be Boys, Meg Meeker, pediatrician and author of the critically acclaimed Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, unlocks the secrets of what parents can do to restore some of the magic of boyhood and help their son become the man they want him to be. In Boys Should Be Boys, Dr. Meeker reveals:

* Why the most important factor in shaping your son's behavior isn't "peer pressure" (it's you)
* How to preserve your son's innocence (and why it's essential to help him grow up)
* Why boys need less, not more--whether it's computer games, organized sports, or lessons
* How to talk to your son--the pitfalls that moms and dads face
* Why it's not normal for teenage boys to be moody and rebellious
* Why teaching your son about virtue isn't an option, it's a necessity

Full of practical advice and examples from her own medical practice of more than twenty years, Dr. Meg Meeker reminds moms and dads that there is no greater blessing--and no greater responsibility--than raising healthy, strong young men. In Boys Should Be Boys, she shows you how. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Very informative and easy to read.
ANSSO
This is a great book that brings together some of the most sound advice on helping boys become men.
Mac D. Culver
I recommend anyone with a boy read this book.
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Format: Hardcover
As the father of three daughters, I really admired Meg Meeker's "Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters". Since I also have three sons, I was happy to read her new book "Boys Should Be Boys". Note that her first book had 10 secrets every father should know. This book has 7 secrets to raising healthy sons. I guess boys are simpler creatures.

The main thrust of the book is that boys need to explore, test their limits, and this can often lead to scrapes, bruises, dirty clothes, and even a broken bone or two. However, in our obsession to protect boys from their natural tendencies, we cosset them in a toxic environment of video games, online pseudo relationships, sexual influences from TV, movies, and the Web, and give them everything but our personal time and attention. Then we wonder why they have ADHD, stunted emotional growth, and difficulty in transitioning to manhood. The point of the book is not to blame parents, but to alert them to the dangers, to what it is that boys need, and to help them realize the extra effort that must be applied to raising their sons in order to counter the awful societal influences that are drowning our boys.

The book has twelve chapters and the first is an overview of this problem. The next seven go over the seven areas we need to pay attention to in raising our sons and grandsons. The second chapter discusses that we need to help our boys through the difficulties of peer pressure. While this is true in every generation, since our time is particularly toxic towards boys we need to be very careful about the influences and values being taught to them. The third discusses the natural tendency of boys to explore the woods, climb trees, play rough sports, and other `dangerous' activities. This is what boys SHOULD be doing.
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Mac D. Culver on June 13, 2008
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As an elementary school principal, I see boys who are being "smothered" and whose well meaning "helicopter mom" is crushing them. Our educational system is primarily female at the elementary level and these incredible educators need to know what boys are like. Boys are not disfunctional girls.

This is a great book that brings together some of the most sound advice on helping boys become men.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A.Mattingly on June 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a parent of 3 and the oldest being a boy.I'm encouraged when she talks about parents being the #1 influence in a boy's life and not peer pressure.
I agree that boys are over scheduled with organized sports and spend too much time playing violent video games. I feel empowered to encourage my son to spend time in the great outdoors pretending he's hunting wild animals and building tree forts. I especially love when she talks about it's not "all about me" but putting others 1st and teaching him to serve those in need.
Let's teach them honesty,humility,kindness and self respect. That "raising him from the inside out" Thank you, Dr. Meeker for all your words of wisdom.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ANSSO on May 16, 2008
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I am a mother of two boys 9 and 12 and this book is helping me have adifferent attitude. yes, we are different. Both males and females think differently, act differently, and have different needs. It does not mean one of us is better. Very informative and easy to read. I read another book by this author and I think she explains concepts in a plain and understandable way. Great book for both mothers and fathers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Margaret K. Duffy on June 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a mother of three sons, I have read many books on raising healthy and emotionally mature boys over the years. Although my boys are older now (two recent college grads and one college sophomore), I was intrigued with this book after reading several book reviews. I can honestly say that this author is "spot on" in her assessment of the physical and emotional needs of our young men today. As I mentioned, I have read many books on boys and this is by far, one of the very best. Looking back at the lives of our three sons, I find that each of the 7 secrets, listed by the author, are critical in raising a male to maturity. Our boys need gentle, calm, and available mothers and fathers in their lives. They need unconditional love from parents that are fully vested in their lives and their specific journey. If you have a son, this book will only enhance your parenting and make you keenly aware of the needs of your male child. Great book!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth J. Linfoot on May 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Meeker does it again. In my early years I believed that boys and girls were pretty much the same, simply socialized differently. My first teaching job out of Grad school was teaching 2 & 3 year olds and the bubble was smashed (I think by a stick wielding boy in my class). I am now the mother of two teenage boys, wonderfully different from their female friends and cousins. Dr. Meeker's observations and anecdotes brilliantly express the challenges our boys face today (I cheered at her statement that parents, not peers, are their sons greatest influence...a sentiment recently expressed to me by my 18 yr old son). Filled with wisdom, heart,and a sincere desire to help us all understand our sons better. From one Mom to another, striving to raise healthy, moral,confident, fun young men...Thank you Dr. Meeker for another great read.In a time when our children are being grossly underestimated, you raise the bar and inspire us to reach higher in our understanding and celebration of these precious gifts we have been given.I just wish I could pick your brain over coffee some day.....
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