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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; North American ed edition (May 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555613209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555613204
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like girls, boys are enjoying more freedom than ever, having been at least partly liberated from a traditional masculinity. Yet statistics show that they also have more behavior problems than girls have, as well as higher suicide rates. In addition, they are losing their academic edge over girls. Like girls, boys can only take advantage of their new freedoms if they are raised to believe in themselves, and in Raising Confident Boys, Hartley-Brewer explains how parents and teachers can help.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer writes extensively on parenting topics and conducts workshops about guiding and motivating children.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Thoms-Mom on September 29, 2003
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I've bought a lot of "raise your child to be" books, but this one is one that I continue to refer back to. It is very insightful and VERY well layed out which makes it a pleasure to read (half the battle).
This book comes into play when your son turns around 18 mos. old, but you'll use it until he is probably in his teens. I pick it up often and read through areas that are important to me at that time and feel like the tips they give you to communicate really do work.
I've definitely gotten my money out of this book and I'd recommend this highly.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kelli Hanson on March 26, 2004
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This is just a FANTASTIC book for parents of boys! It is exceptionally easy to read, and loaded with useful advise.
I really like the format of the book. Each chapter is centered around a particular subject (examples include Understanding His Challenges and Opportunities, Meeting His Needs, and Giving Him a Postitive View of Himself). The chapters begin with a concise (1-2 page) overview of the subject area and its importance, then specific examples and tips follow for how to deal with that subject, with bullet list recommendations for parents and for teachers. Each of the subjects are those of the utmost importance with respect to boys, how they view themselves, and how their self-image shapes who they become. I have found every tip to be extremely insightful, and the recommendations both useful and usable. I will be keeping this book close at hand, and will refer to it again and again.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Belinda J. Anderson on July 18, 2006
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I had started some really bad habits, when my son was trying to express him self and become independant. Although I encouraged his independence and gave him as much positive feedback as i could I was going about it all wrong.

Reading this book helped me to see things more from his point of veiw as a male.

Boys are such senitive creatures and if you are not sensitive towards their feelings it's going to make thim feel withdrawn. I was starting to see this in our relationship and wanted to fix the problem before we grew apart.

The information in this book has helped me in many ways.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mars on June 30, 2006
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The advice is broken up into topic sections which is very helpful, and then within those sections are simple, direct, one page intorductions to a problem/solution followed by one page of suggested tips. I LOVE this format and find it so very useful; more so than reading through 400 pages of bla, bla, bla and psycho-babble to get to that nugget of info that will help get to the core of the problem one is facing that day. Some of the solutions are pretty obvious and simple, some are new and enlightening. I think that any reader will be reminded of the simple tools we may have forgotten, or will discover new ideas and ways of approaching our children that will benefit all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By slap_shot_12 on January 21, 2012
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I didn't see anything that shouldn't have been obvious to any parent. I would not recommend at all. Very, very basic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jolie laide on December 20, 2011
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THIS BOOK IS VERY SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT TO THE POINT. I STARTED READING IT WHILE I WAS PREGNANT, AND I STILL READ 2 PAGES HERE AND THERE. ITS GIVES THE READER POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT THROUGH SMALL READINGS TO GIVE POSITIVE REINFORCMENT TO YOUR SONS. GREAT BOOK, I PROMISE.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Frank on January 18, 2007
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I purchased this book after reading the great reviews. I am extremely disappointed. This book is simply a laundry list of anything that a parent/teacher could possibly do to give children better self-esteem. Each tip is dedicated two pages. It wasn't what I thought it would be and would not be easy to refer back to any particular item.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Peterson on January 28, 2010
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I found this book to be incredibly shallow, with only the most superficial advice that wouldn't really help much.

The author packs 100 short tips into the book -- a sentence or two each -- and they have such little substance or explanation to them that I didn't find them helpful. Here are a few:

"Managed choice means either/or decisions. Put limits on the choices."

"Avoid doing all the judging so that your son won't become dependent on your opinion and lose faith in his own."

"Encourage imaginative play and dressing up."

Really? Come on. There isn't much here that is specific to boys, and most of these tips have been covered ad nauseam in just about every other child-rearing book out there.
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