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Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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 "Swagger is essential guidance for any parent of boys. It's brutally honest, meticulously researched, and boldly impassioned. It reveals a truth that is hiding in plain sight all around us, calling for our wisdom and commitment and love. I couldn't put it down."-- Marianne Williamson, New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love

“Lisa Bloom is a woman of brilliance, boldness, and beauty. One of the smartest and most erudite people in the American popular culture, you debate her on TV at your own risk. In her new book, Lisa deals with one of our nation's most pressing subjects: the need for women to use, and be appreciated for, their minds.  As the father of six daughters, I am immensely grateful to Lisa for this outstanding and riveting contribution.” --Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, New York Times bestselling author of 10 Conversations You Need to Have with Your Children

"SWAGGER empowers parents and anyone who cares about boys to get real about the culture we live in, and gives us the tools to do right by our sons." --Examiner.com

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 "There is a great deal we as parents can do at little or no cost to give our boys the advantages they need right now to jack up their odds of finishing high school, going to college, and leading a decent, free life in which they can not only support a family but also contribute to their communities. Because parenting can't wait. Our boys are growing up now, in conditions they did not create, and they deserve more than an adulthood defined by illiteracy, poverty, and reporting to a parole officer. Swagger will show you how." 
--From the Introduction 
IN HER FRESH and frank New York Times best-seller, THINK, Lisa Bloom issued a wake-up call to women all across the country, challenging them to push back against tabloid media and the beauty industry, and to reclaim their brains. Now, in her thought-provoking follow-up, Swagger, she turns her focus to her male counterparts, with a startling look at boys and the culture in which they are growing up, asking: 
* Why is your son struggling in school? 
* Why can't teenage boys find jobs? 
* How do our media get away with messages that being a man means being a thug? 
* Why are our prisons overflowing with young men? 
* And most importantly: how can we protect our boys, and give them the bright future they deserve? 
Acclaimed author, passionate advocate, TV host, attorney, and mother Lisa Bloom answers these questions -- and many more -- in her trademark hard-hitting, no-nonsense style. Swagger is a call to action for parents -- and anyone who cares about boys -- going in depth to reveal the forces aligned against our sons, then offering ten practical, inexpensive, proven solutions for raising healthy sons, starting today.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Point (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936467690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936467693
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saw her for the first time on Dr. Phil, today and bought the Kindle edition. I was floored. I had reasd "Boys Adrift" By Leonard Sax a few years ago, and this hit the same bell. Something is wrong with our boys/men. Sax listed several factors and did a better job in that area. Bloom excels in looking at the social/psychological/economics impact these trens lead to. This shoulsd be required reading for every politician, teacher and parent.
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Good examples of how to raise boys in our American culture. Very real examples and insightful experiences. Very parent regardless of family make up should read this. Perhaps, even a community study group could benefit!
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My cousin has only one son, and I realized some of his tactics were all wrong for his little boy. Not that he was a bad dad, his son is the center of his world, but I thought his standards of measurement were wrong. Got this book for my cousin after I saw an interview of the author on TV. He read it in 2 days, loved it so much and passed it on to his son's mother. His son is first in his class now, and my cousin's perspective and approach has changed. I recommend this book.
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This book should be read by every parent and grandparent; but, it's not just about boys. We need to apply these recommendations for all of our children. The sage advice and well researched statistics in Ms. Bloom's very-well-written book should not be missed. She does an excellent job of reading the audio version. I highly recommend it! How to be a great and responsible parent, grandparent and get the most out of and for our children. Information in this book is an eye-opener, to say the least. I was completely impressed. I'll listen to it again.
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After reading THINK, I was excited (as a father of two girls, and two boys), to get a hold of this book. I was amazed at the fact that, although I feel I am a good father, I am missing the opportunity in a lot of ways to educate my sons on the RIGHT things in life. I think every father should read this book, as it can be used much like a road map to raising a boy to grow to be a man...not a felon!
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This book was a real eye-opener! Filled with real statistics - some very profound - that will/should have readers re-thinking attitudes about getting tough on crime, our educational system, the importance of literacy, drug sentencing, break down of the family and more - but also offers so real clear ways to change and protect boys - that we can all do. If you're raising boys in this day and age - read this book - you will feel more empowered on what to do right!
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As someone, who is raising and working with boys, this book confirms so much of what I see each and every day in the "system" (educational and juvenile justice): OUR BOYS ARE IN TROUBLE! This is a book that I am using to form my practice as a professional dealing with at-risk boys, but it should be read by all, who have a young male in their lives, whether it be a son, a student, a nephew or cousin, a parishioner, etc...
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I don't even have sons but I can be a immature adult, so I thought I'd try it out. I'm going to keep it around so I can go back to it when necessary. The author makes some real good points about how much media the kids are subjected to today and how it can stunt their growth.
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