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Raising Boys: Why Boys Are Different - And How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men Paperback – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1ST edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890878536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890878538
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Australian family therapist Biddulph (Manhood) joins the chorus of counselors calling for a focused, supportive approach to parenting boys. Citing such gender specific risks facing boys as a higher percentage of learning disabilities to greater threats of violence and suicide, Biddulph maps out parenting strategies for three distinct stages of growth, from birth to six years, from six to 14, and from 14 to adult. Choosing not to mince words, he advises fathers, for instance, "if you routinely work a fifty-five or sixty-hour week, including travel time, you just won't cut it as a dad." Citing studies that show boys are "more prone than girls to separation anxiety," he suggests keeping boys out of child care if possible before the age of three. He recommends delaying school entrance by a year to give boys time to develop fine motor skills, and calls sports a "double-edged sword" which, while enormously beneficial, can also encourage negative traits if sportsmanship is eclipsed by an obsession with winning. Biddulph delves into physiological matters, examining and explaining the role testosterone plays in shaping male children, and talking frankly about sexuality. Enhanced by plentiful sidebars, photos and cartoons, the material is presented in digestible chunks, and each chapter wraps up with a summary section, "In a Nutshell." This highly practical guide offers valuable perspectives to parents of both boys and girls.

Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

A friendly and practical guide to the stages and issues in boys' development from birth to manhood. * Updates include recent findings on hearing problems specific to boys, revised statistics, and a questionnaire to assist in finding boy-friendly schools. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Steve Biddulph is a world-famous family therapist. His Secret of Happy Children (published by Thorsons April 97) has sold more than a million copies and has been published in 15 languages.

Customer Reviews

It's an easy read but very informative.
JeanmarieH
Good explanations of the phases boys grow through with good insight on how to help.
Bob Sweda
A must read for all teachers and parents - even if you don't have a boy.
G. Badalamenti

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142 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Mom_in_CA on February 26, 2007
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I bought this book because it became clear to me that I do not understand my 3 year old son and I realized it would only become worse as he grew older if I didn't at least try to figure out what is going on from his perspective.

I think that this book really tells it like it is. He doesn't sugar coat it. I also think the person who took offense to his saying boys should stay out of daycare until 3 years old did not read the book very carefully. He does not say that mothers should not work, he says boys should not be put in institutionalized day care settings but that good home based day care or staying with a family member is acceptable. I've read this in other books as well that boys just don't do well in daycare they really need one on one close time with a single, consistent care-giver be it mom, dad, grandma or a home day care.

This book also says many times how it is not trying to put women down or trying to set back the women's movement, it is just trying to show how boys are different. I have already noticed this with my children. I have two girls and a boy and I quickly picked up that my son is 6 months to 12 months behind his older sister in his speaking, reasoning and his ABCs. I talked to his preschool teacher about it and was relieved to find out it is normal for boys to be behind girls and the teacher said exactly what this author says, boys catch up somewhere in middle school but until then they are 6-12 months behind girls emotionally and academically. My son has a September birthday and I will be holding him out a year to start kindergarten at 6 instead of 5. I have already seen it in his preschool class how boys are treated, unwillingly as defective girls.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2000
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This is the BEST book I have read on raising boys. Biddulph writes in a clear, crisp voice making it easy for anyone to understand the fine art of being a male. He has made me realize how and why my husband and son are the same in some ways and very different in others. Girls are not ignored here, either. He compares and contrasts the two, so subtle differences are made just as obvious as the not-so-subtle ones. He takes time show why the two can act and/or react differently in the same situations. Everyone, especially teachers, should read this great book!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mary on January 23, 2001
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I LOVED this book so much that I found myself quoting from it to my friends and family. Raising Boys is packed with information that is easy and fun to read. Through the entire book, I could identify traits that not only opened my eyes to behavior from my own two sons and other males in my life (their friends, my brothers, etc.), but has shown me ways to handle or respond to both their positive and negative behavior! Steven Biddulph also explains the biological differences between boys and girls without being sexist!
I recommend this information packed and yet humorous book to anyone who has a boy or knows a boy of any age. This should be required reading for all teachers!
This is a book that I find myself picking up over and over again to reinforce the information I have learned. It's really made a difference in my understanding of the male species, and how I interact with them.
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55 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
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Biddulph is brilliant in this book...good tips, very insightful, written with compassion and in simple English...as the father of a teenage son I appreciate a clear roadmap like this..Other books I've found great lately on the subject of raising boys include: Real Boys (Pollack), about the myths of boys and how to overcome them; Raising a Son, which also has great basic advice, and some very insightful chapters in the PC Dads Guide to Becoming a Computer Smart Parent (Ivey), which talks about raising a son in the computer age.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2002
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am very impressed. The format of this book is pleasing to read. The main points will be easy to reference as my boy grows. Scientific facts are used to make major points on how moms and dads should approach their boys at different ages. The author has definite opinions on how to raise a wonderful boy but doesn't shove them down your throat. His views are refreshing and make a lot of sense to me. I think this is a must-have book for parents.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Dean on February 21, 2001
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Raising Boys is an excellent book that really highlights the ins and outs of raising a son. My wife and I read it prior to our son's birth. It prepared us for what to expect and I found myself laughing aloud at some of the stories. Some reminded me of my childhood with my brother and friends. I have kept it to review every couple of years since its easy to forget key points about ages beyond my son's age.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Armstrong on August 26, 2002
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The stories are enchanting, and the information interesting. This is not a "how to" book, however. Instead, it is a general overview with many particular examples and explanations. The author's recommendations are straightforward and affirming, to fathers, mothers, and sons. He cares for and accepts the foibles and modes of boyhood. Biddulph has a whole chapter on the effects of testosterone, and I thought that was a little overdone, since our humaneness, as he notes many times later in the book, is not biologically determined.
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