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Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons Paperback – May 19, 2009
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“If you want to raise a boy you’ll be proud of, read Boys Should Be Boys.”—Dave Ramsey
“Filled with inspirational vignettes, Boys Should Be Boys empowers parents to stay involved and protect their sons’ innocence. It’s a wonderfully written and eye-opening book–a must-read.”—Neil Bernstein, Ph.D., author of There When He Needs You
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Let Boys Be Boys
Boyhood used to be a time of freedom and fun--of catching bullfrogs, playing tackle football, and roaming the woods--but not anymore. Rambunctious, high-spirited boys--healthy boys--nowadays face an increasingly hostile world that doesn't value the unique gifts of boys, that discounts their masculine virtues, and that undermines what boys need to become mature, confident, and thoughtful men. In Boys Should Be Boys, Meg Meeker, pediatrician and author of the critically acclaimed Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, unlocks the secrets of what parents can do to restore some of the magic of boyhood and help their son become the man they want him to be. In Boys Should Be Boys, Dr. Meeker reveals:
* Why the most important factor in shaping your son's behavior isn't "peer pressure" (it's you)
* How to preserve your son's innocence (and why it's essential to help him grow up)
* Why boys need less, not more--whether it's computer games, organized sports, or lessons
* How to talk to your son--the pitfalls that moms and dads face
* Why it's not normal for teenage boys to be moody and rebellious
* Why teaching your son about virtue isn't an option, it's a necessity
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Some reviewers say this is fundamentalist-religious, anti-feminist, anti-single-mother, or whatever. Ignore them. This book is simply very good, common sense advice and you should buy it and inculcate its lessons.
As a man who grew up without his father and a bad step-father, I know in my gut some things were very wrong with the way I was raised. Is this a slam against my mother? No. It's simply the realization that she couldn't do it all and that I needed a better man in my life than I had. Now that I am father to a son, who do I look to for advice? Where do I turn? How can I avoid making the mistakes made with me? How can I help my son to grow up emotionally fitter than I was (or am)? How can I help him to be successful without being overbearing? How can I stop the generations-long family tragedies and try to have a good family? This book helps.
Dr. Meeker gives voice to what I recognize went wrong with me, my dad, and his dad. And by articulating it, by giving a name to the problems, I can meet those problems head on, avoid them or overcome them. I'm very thankful that she wrote the book and I am glad I bought it. It was a painful read at times because it dredged up bad memories that really made it clear just how poorly I was raised, but at the same time it fills me with hope that I can raise a happy and healthy son.
By the way, I bought the Kindle edition and with that I was offered a discount to buy the audio edition for only $3.99. I took a chance and bought it. I'm so glad I did, and it's a testament to how great Amazon is. I reckon that I will buy hard copies of this book and give them to friends and family.