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Boys and Manners: 104 Things Your Boys NEED to Know by [Erskine, Jim]
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  • File Size: 155 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Homeway Press (March 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OC4J2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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This is a great book. It is a compilation of advice, and pretty much covers what you need to help your son become a mannerly gentleman, and to help your entire household to run more smoothly. It also has lots for us as parents to think about, to refine ourselves, and become better people. Many of the instructions in this book could be used for very relevant copywork, or you could even make posters and put them around the house.
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First off, if you are offended by a book that quotes occasionally from the Bible and refers to Christian principles, this book is not for you. I am not rating it low due to that (I am a Christian), but I know that this is an issue with Amazon customers -- when religious content isn't clearly noted. This book wasn't overly heavy on religious content, but it was definitely written from a more traditional perspective.

I was really looking forward to learning something from this book, but struggled with the content due to its repetitiveness and minimal organization. Much of it read as if sentences had been cut-and-pasted from e-mail suggestions with very little editing. The formatting was also erratic -- but maybe that had something to do with Kindle? I don't know.

I think that this book would be most useful for parents who have not had good manners/parenting modeled to them. This is an important topic and I am disappointed that I didn't get more "take home" value, but since it was free, I got what I "paid" for.
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[Homeschool Dad's wife] At the alarming rate that good manners have declined, I recommend parents, grandparents and anyone who works with kids to grab this quick and easy read with loads of practical advice. You'll be able to explain that manners are the key to getting where you want to be: respected, well-liked and pleasant to be around. The first portion of the book has numbered tips that cover a variety of settings. I was thinking it would be helpful to post a couple tips each week to remind my kids. The second section shares nuggets of wisdom from parent about implementing training on manners (some of these comments are quite funny...). Lots of good, practical suggestions and some encouragement not to give up. The last section is a compilation of suggestions on creating "Rules of the House." A great springboard for family discussion on what to include in your own unique set of House Rules. All in all, this is a dandy little volume with lots of helpful advice and encouragement. Grab your copy today and do your part to help civilize the next generation!
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This book is a very well-written book of manners, especially for boys. Having two grandsons, most of it is common sense, but the author does a very good job of presenting the information in a way that a parent can relate to their sons. My grandson (at age 12) has actually enjoyed reading it on my Kindle and checking off the "good manner" things he already does and has set goals to accomplish the rest. Very well done.
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I'm raising three boys and I know there are some finer details of manners that I've probably missed along the way, so I read this book hoping to fill in the gaps. It didn't.

Based on the title, I expected this book to be addressed to the parent. Instead, it's speaking to the boys...and from the writing style, it felt like I was reading something written in the 1950s. Not that proper manners have changed that dramatically, but cell phone usage and Internet etiquette are never mentioned at all. There was one reference to telephone use.

What turned me off most about this book was the way it talks about boys. For example:

"When a boy comes into the house, he is now a 'ladies world'....When he comes inside, he becomes a servant of the lady of the house."

and

"With one boy you have one brain. With two boys you have 1/2 a brain. with 3 boys you have 1/4 of a brain. With 4 or more boys there it no brain at all. I have 4 boys."

There are also issues with the editing and formatting.
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Manners is not something at the forefront of many of today's parenting books, but is nevertheless an important subject these days. I thought this book was a little superficial in its approach, a little to common sense, but maybe there is not as much common sense in the world as I presume, given the atrocious manners of the younger generation.

This book was surprisingly written to the boy, though, not the parent. If you have a boy who is going to sit and read this, great, but really? I think manners are best learned through modeling and instruction anyway (the parents job) and I was expecting a tome on how to best encourage that in this world. Again, maybe it's just too common sense.
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First off, as a mother of 4 kids under the age of 8, good manners are an absolute must in our household (and in my children's upbringing). This book is a good basic primer on manners for the parent of any young boy (or girl). Yes, it's mostly things you already knew, but it's all laid out so it's easy to make sure you don't inadvertantly miss something that could be important.

The book itself is divided into three parts: (1) 100 important things your boys need to know - a guide to boys and manners; (2) teaching boys manners - parents share their best tips and strategies; and (3) the rules of the house - parents share their most important household manners...

Part 1 - 100 things your boys need to know... is a list of 104 basic manners (with a short explanation of each or the reasoning behind it), divided into subcategories. The subcategories are (1) manners at home, (2) body manners, (3) manners with parents, (4) manners and your siblings, (5) talking manners, (6) manners for eating, (7) social manners, (8) manners at parties, (9) manners towards older people, and (10) manners from the heart. This list is great for the parent to read and review with the child, or to hand the child to read independently if they are old enough. It would also be easy to pick one a day (in order or at random) to focus and work on.

Part 2 - teaching your boys manners... is a compilation of parents' responses to the question "What advice would you give to other families who are trying to instill some better manners in their boys? What has worked for you? What tips and techniques actually help these things "stick"?". There are over 50 tips listed in response to this question.
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