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He'll Be Ok: Growing Gorgeous Boys Into Good Men Paperback – July 23, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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About the Author

Bestselling author of The Journey to Prison and He’ll Be OK, Celia has been a prison officer and prison manager, and has a degree in anthropology and Maori. Mother, Nana, sought-after speaker and social commentator, she now works in a freelance capacity and lives in Wellington. www.celialashlie.co.nz
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186950528X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1869505288
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eileen on February 19, 2012
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I finally got this book at the urging of a Kiwi friend, who used the author's works to raise his own children. I've been having a lot of trouble as a single mother trying to raise two boys, so I've been desperate for ANY help. From the first chapter, I gained an almost instant understanding of what was going on with my boys - and, much to my delight, I learned that they're perfectly normal teenage boys! I immediately began seeing my sons' words and actions in a different light, and it has made a world of difference already. Those "ah-ha!" moments have been wonderful! We experienced a family tragedy just as I finished reading the section of the book on how boys deal with such things. My boys reacted exactly as predicted, but had I not read the book, I would have been hurt and angry at them for they way they handled the situation. By knowing that they did so in the "normal way" for boys, I was able to wait for them to ask for more information or comfort. I cannot thank Ms. Lashlie enough for her work on this book, as well as the "Good Man Project".
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I like to think that I have a pretty good handle on parenting. As a teacher of secondary school kids and a parent of two teenagers I am surrounded by 'teens'. However, I found that my teen son was leaving me flabbergastered at times with his behaviour and 'unreasonable' logic. This book has been a godsend, providing a solid understanding of the development of teenage boys and then giving practical advice. I borrowed this book from the local library a few years ago and really enjoyed reading it then. My son was only 10 at the time. However, after getting my Kindle for Christmas last year I eagerly searched out this book in order to buy a copy for myself - my son had turned 14 and was driving me crazy. The format of explaining boys' behaviour according to their Yr level at school (Australian system) was really helpful for me on both levels as a parent and teacher. I think that this book should be mandatory reading for all teachers of secondary school boys. Many teachers forget that students respond better to understanding and compassionate discipline, rather than outright dominance and punishment. Even though it at times can be general, the explanations of why boys act the way they do at certain ages can be applied to a wide variety of individuals. Read this book if you want to understand your son on a deeper level.
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By RickM on January 11, 2014
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First book I had read written from a feminist perspective that does not presents a total fatalistic end to men and boys. She capture a lot of important points. It is not perfect as it lacks the psychological and biological topics to understand a little more.
I will tell a little part of my story, I started to recognize as a 5 to 6 years old, that something was wrong with me, aka erections in the morning. No one was able to tell me that was normal, the only response received with a scream was not to touch. Latter in life the same thing with wet dreams, I had to go wash my pajamas in a clandestine operation. My father as intelligent as he is, spent most of the time drinking alcohol to prove out to all his workers that he had big balls. My mother was as fast to go and tell my dad I had done something wrong and I needed to be punished. The punishment in a Latin American country is always physical to boys. My mother always criticized my hand writing and believed any bad thing told by others. Including that I was cheating on class. The teacher (female) never recognized I had photographic memory. She wanted more money and placed me on extra classes and extra teaching at lunch time. My mother got tired of me, and threatened to send me to another school. This new school was a public school where they didn't need to spend money. However the zone director intervened. She requested exams to be passed. I got straight 10 or A in all subjects. She tried to talk to my mother, but my mother insisted that I was still a lazy boy that required special classes. The director said fine, she will provide the extra classes but I should not be moved of schools. That was the only person I could of trusted all my life, but I had very little time with her.
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As a single mother of a 17yo son, I've been greatly helped to see much of my son's behaviour as "pragmatic" & not just out to piss me off. It has helped me to relax and let many situations flow without getting into arguments with him. I'm also doing more to "move to the side of the Bridge of Adolescence," and work harder to support (& not meddle with) his relationships with men.
Thanks!
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A friend recommended this to me and I can now recommend it to anyone with a son reaching the teenage years. It is researced and written in NZ so directly relevant to our boys and our boy's schools. This has given me useful insight into the ways I can communicate with my boy (and hope that he might communicate back!). This is a keeper.
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If you have a son who is in his teens, then you have to read this book. It explains what your son is thinking and most importantly how you can help him transition from a young boy into a gorgeous man. Dad - just read it, even if you think you know it all - you have so much influence on who your son grows up to be - you have no idea! This will surprise you.
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