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The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Don't Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood Paperback – September 4, 2012

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"The Last Boys Picked is an important and relevant addition to the parenting bookshelf. It offers insightful and practical advice for helping all boys—those who don’t play sports as well as those that do—navigate the sometimes difficult journey of boyhood."
-Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys

About the Author

Dr. Janet Sasson Edgette is a psychologist practicing in Exton, Pennsylvania who, for the past twenty-five years, has specialized in providing services for children, teenagers, young adults, and their parents. She also specializes in providing sport and performance psychology enhancement services to athletes and performing artists. Janet is the author of six books on parenting, counseling, and sport psychology, including the popular parenting paperback, Stop Negotiating with Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent, and her critically acclaimed book for mental health professionals entitled, Adolescent Therapy That Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place. Her most recent book is called The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Don't Play Sports Survive Bullying and Boyhood

Janet's work in the areas of child, preteen, and adolescent therapy, family counseling, and parent effectiveness has put her in great demand as a therapist, speaker, workshop leader, and consultant to schools and mental health agencies. She has conducted professional workshops and educational programs for psychiatrists, psychologists, school counselors, social workers, therapists, probation officers, caseworkers, school administrators, teachers, parents, and foster parents all around the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, Russia, Croatia, and Germany.

Janet is the mother of three teenager boys herself. She also is an avid horseback rider, having competed in the show jumping divisions in almost every major horse show along the east coast. For the past six summers, Janet has returned to what she calls her favorite place on earth--Camp Forest and Indian Acres in Fryeburg, Maine--where she spent her childhood summers and nows makes herself available as a consultant. Please visit her website, janetedgette.com, for more information and to view her blog and speaking calendar.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245439
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As Nana to a 7 year old ADHD boy, I think I learned a lot that will help him as time goes on! He is very loving but I see him and lots of young boys in this situation! And I remember being there too! I will use my knowledge to help him along the way!
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This is the first book I have read on parenting a "non sporty boy". It validated everything my son is going through and helped me to better see how he feels and why. I think this book will be able to help his dad empathize with how difficult a situation his son is in right now, and gives us ideas of how we can help our son manage until things get better.
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This book is chock full of valuable information on a topic that is so rarely spoken about. The author has keen insights, shares valuable information, makes helpful suggestions, and educates in a clear, easy to understand language. I highly recommend this book.
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Helping Boys Who Don't Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood hit home for me. I wish it had been available when my sons were young. I have painful memories of times when one of my sons was up at bat. Strike one. Strike Two. I begged God, “Please let him make contact with the ball. Please just let him make contact.“ Strike three. My heart broke as I watched his shoulders drop and his face look toward the ground as he walked back to the dugout.

At the time, I thought that this was part of growing up. Had I understood more about the process, I would have handled things differently. Dr. Edgette’s perspective and approach toward alleviating the pain inflicted on boys who are not “jocks” or even slightly athletic are insightful and long overdue. She highlights the means by which adults can help boys make their way through and survive the “all boys must play sports gauntlet.”

Dr. Edgette offers solutions and shows how to rethink and maintain dialogue with a boy who is not athletically inclined. Because this book is specific to boys and sports, it zeroes in on how sports have been but should not continue be a requirement for a boy’s rite of passage into adulthood. I highly recommend this book for parents and counselors alike.
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