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The Everything Parent's Guide to Raising Boys: A complete handbook to develop confidence, promote self-esteem, and improve communication Paperback – December 18, 2010
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Cheryl has taught parenting and shared Positive Discipline with people in Canada, Australia, Singapore, and across the United States. She is available for conference workshops and keynotes, as well as professional trainings for parents, social workers, therapists, and others interested in family health and wellness. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (775)331-6723. You can also stay informed on Cheryl's Facebook page, Parenting with Cheryl Erwin.
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This was an easy read and very informative. I would highly recommend it to anyone with boys in their lives.
From this book, I found most helpful a little exercize in which the author has the parent write in response to specific questions, what kind of an adult the parent wants the child to become; then she places the ball squarely in your court and asks, OK, now how are you going to guide him there??!! I also found it helpful to learn that REPEATED, kind instruction and positive feedback are essential for toddlers. Offering safe choices, when it is practical, to to help the child feel capable. If you want your son to be able read easily, boys generally like a different kind of book than girls. Lots of little things like that, that I can apply. Also, the philosophy of the book kind of sinks in and gives my parenting direction, even when it is giving more abstract information.
One thing I really don't like about the book: there are frequent "side-bar" paragraphs with a headings like "FACT:" ... or "ESSENTIAL:"... etc. They are highlighted in the middle of the page with a paragraph break before and after... it makes me wonder, "Am I supposed to finish the page, then read this after, or stop and read this now... or what?" In fact, these eye-catchers really aren't "side-bars" at all. They are generally directly related to the rest of the text on the page, and could have been incorporated in a normal paragraph. It is clearly a useless gimmick thought up by the editors to "punch up" the text, making it look more fun, and print more pages. I'd like to just ignore it, but they appear on just about EVERY OTHER PAGE. It becomes tedious.