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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: 5 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.

Customer Reviews

Great book full of useful tips.
Rosalind B. Stormer
I found this book to be incredibly shallow, with only the most superficial advice that wouldn't really help much.
K. Peterson
This is just a FANTASTIC book for parents of boys!
Kelli Hanson

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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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2 of 2 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 rufus3rd on March 20, 2014
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I bought this book hoping I would discover some techniques that would help me bring my son out of his shell. What I found was a book of over generalizations about men as a whole. I felt the book was directed at single mothers from otter space who had no understanding of men or boys what so ever! The author writes clearly and it is well laid out; however the content is less than basic and leaves much to be desired!
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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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As a parent educator, I have shelves full of parenting books (including the many I have written.) Raising Confident Boys is one that I refer to often for suggestions when a boy simply does not respond with enthusiasm to any suggestions. I can usually find a tip or two to try.

As parents, grandparents and caring adults, we have an obligation to instill confidence and courage in young people. There is so much cruelty and meanness out there that anything we can do to build that inner core of confidence is a plus.

As I work with parents I find that many honestly do not know the words to say or the actions to use to encourage positive action. So any of the books or programs like this that can assist the world in being a kind, thoughtful place with respect for all has my vote.

You will enjoy a small ebook in a parenting series I put on Kindle which complements the work done in Raising Confident Boys, Building Confidence & Self Esteem (77 Ways to Parent Series)

Judy Helm Wright aka Auntie Artichoke,the story telling trainer
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