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It's a Boy!: Your Son's Development from Birth to Age 18 Paperback – March 24, 2009
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“I’m keeping It's a Boy! beside my bed until my sons go to college! I love how the book celebrates boys but still holds them responsible for their actions.” —Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes
“Michael Thompson has gradually earned his place as the Warren Buffett of child rearing, the real deal. His track record of uncanny timing, his hard-won knowledge, common sense, and humanism have resonated with parents everywhere. Now there is a desperate need to understand our boys more deeply; there is a palpable hunger to learn how to handle our sons better. It’s a Boy! does both in a way not seen before. It’s a Boy! will help your son to feel more loved, understood, and effectively guided by you–forever.”—Ron Taffel, Ph.D., author of Parenting by Heart: How to Stay Connected to Your Child in a Disconnected World
“Spectacular . . . extraordinary insight, enriched by countless poignant and telling stories of boys and their parents and teachers. It’s a Boy! is an immensely helpful navigational chart for steering through the shoals of a boy’s developmental stages.”—Patrick F. Bassett, president, National Association of Independent Schools
“Wise, sensible, accessible, useful–this is the must-have book every parent of a boy will want and need to turn to as their child grows from a baby to an adolescent. Illuminated by Thompson’s years of experience working with boys and their families, this book is chock-full of new insights and the latest science about the ages and stages of boys’ development. It’s a Boy! is a book that parents, educators, health professionals, and policy makers will go back to again and again and each time come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of why ‘boys will be boys.’”—Robie H. Harris, author of It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
“Bringing together the latest research and the most timeless knowledge and wisdom, this monumental book is unique, invaluable, and urgently important. Any person who cares about boys must own this book, as it addresses every relevant question and provides not only authoritative answers but also comfort, warmth, enthusiasm, and spark. What a truly amazing achievement, what a gift Dr. Thompson has given us all.”—Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
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Dr. Thompson also does a great job of describing why so many boys have so much trouble in school and offers some solutions as to what can be done to fix it. I wish I could photocopy whole chapters of this book to distribute to my sons' teachers. Teachers, most of whom are women, especially if they have never had any sons of their own, often just don't get little boy behavior. This book would help so much in their understanding.
Not only does this book help understand "what is normal" for boys regarding physical, emotional, social and educational development - it also helps every mom who didn't grow up with boys understand that boys aren't anything like girls! Maybe that was a personal thing I had to realize on my own, but this book helped me understand how wonderfully different they really are. Rather than wondering why my son isn't chatty or the friend-seeker that I thought he should be because of his age, I now understand that he is a well-adjusted boy. That has brought a great peace to my mind. Also, it easy highlights where the "red-flags" should be in all forms of development while also giving suggestions for the proper response. As an added bonus, I should also mention that this book has helped me understand my husband a bit better, too!
One last thing - I'm not an avid reader, so taking on a book this big seamed really daunting. However, the book is formatted in a way that makes it an easy read due to the age separation, the breakout sections that highlight the different types of development, and the relate-able stories and lessons learned from them. You don't need to read it all at once, rather hang on to it and consult with it over the years. I will now buy this book for friends of mine who are expecting boys. The "what to expect" books are great for the first year and a half of life, but for boys, this is the must have for the remaining 17 years.
The information is good, but in brief pieces. I couldn't really sink my teeth into it before it switched to an anecdote or a different age.
If you want a brief overview with lots of stories from parents, you should like this.
If you are looking for detailed information about a particular age of boy, I would look elsewhere.
Good for what it is, but not a style for everyone.
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Awesome book. I remarried and gained an 6 yr old son. After raising 2 girls they were 18 & 14. I was clueless on boy's. So this has help me "get it" ..Published 12 days ago by Melissa Simmons
Fascinating and well researched look into what your (my) son's doing at every step of his development. I've really enjoyed it and it'll be a reference for me for his whole life.Published 1 month ago by Sean Tomlinson
I originally picked up "It's A Boy" as research material to help me flesh out characters for my children's novel series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. L. Doty
I expected to read more about what makes boys different and various ages. I found the book to be a personal story of the authors experience with their boys. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michelle Shepherd
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