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Alarming and Reassuring at the same time....,
This review is from: Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men (Hardcover)
My youngest son is 22 and a senior in college. He called me the other day and said he had read a book and it changed his life. He told me that I had to go out and buy this book - "today!". I did and after reading it, I find that I am alarmed and at the same time reassured. My youngest son, in particular, is very much in the catagory of adrift and unmotivated. Now I know why. Now he knows why. He is incredibly reassured that he is normal, that he is not alone, and that there are steps he can take to "fix" his world. The first thing he is doing is unplugging his video devices; PC, Wii, xbox, nintendos, even his TV. He visited with his college advisor to get back on track with his physics major. Yes, he is very smart. But he is derailed in many ways for all the reasons laid out well in this remarkable book. I can tell you that you should, you must and you would be remiss if you have a male child and do not buy, read and digest this information. It will change your family and the way you do things. My husband is a director on the local school board and we intend to make some noise in our local school district because this is too huge of a problem across our country and in our schools to ignore. Thank you to Dr. Sax for his insightful, well researched and extremely helpful, motivating book. My son is a better person for knowing why he is the way he is and now has the tools to make himself over - better. I intend to help him get there. READ THIS BOOK!
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Initial post: May 25, 2010 8:39:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2010 8:40:36 AM PDT
J. Young says:
Thank you for this review; it was very helpful to find out a young man would respond so positively to this book. I had read it, thought it was fascinating, and had been consdering buying it to send to my son's 20yo best friend -- to read while he's in jail for two months. I hope this book will help him to see why he might have gone off track -- and point him to better choices for his future.
Posted on Jan 31, 2013 6:38:33 PM PST
Megan Jones says:
Bravo for you for taking action! How did it go with the local school board? Have you noticed any improvements in your circle since implementing any of the changes suggested in this book?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2013 4:03:32 PM PST
An addendum to my son's progress- he has graduated with a second degree in Electrical Engineering, married, and is very focused and on track to a wonderful future. He has become a man with a work ethic and matured in ways I never imagined. We did share with the school board years ago, but I don't have current information to address your question about improvements with dealing with individuals who need this information.
Posted on Nov 13, 2013 11:24:27 AM PST
That is a fascinating thing- reading Dr. Sax's book helped your boy identify his addictions, and apparently also to control them. Dr. Sax's book is very valuable, for this at least. His book is a good example of why I read books- the mainstream media is propaganda, at best. Look at all the comments about Dr. Sax's book. It clear hit a nerve. I even found what was apparently intended as a response,
up, as Boys Adrift: a response to a seminal book. The book Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why It Matters covers the same material, from the other end, I guess you could say. Thanks, Dr. Sax, for a really good book.
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