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Michael Thompson , Teresa Barker
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Book Description

24 Mar 2009
It’s a Boy! provides expert advice on the developmental, psychological, social, emotional, and academic life of boys from infancy through the teen years. Exploring the many ways in which boys strive for masculinity and attempt to define themselves, psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph.D., a leading international expert on boys’ development, and journalist Teresa H. Barker identify the key developmental transitions that mark a boy’s psychological growth and emotional health, and the challenges both boys and parents face at each age.

Baby Boys (birth to 18 months): falling in love with your son, healthy attachment, trust, and temperament
Toddler Years (18 months to 3 years): boys on the go, bold steps, blankies, budding language, and rambunctious physicality
Powerful Little Boys (ages 3 and 4): superhero ambitions, learning to manage the force of his anger, and celebrating the power of the boy group
Starting School (ages 5 through 7): developmental cues for school readiness, transitional challenges, tough talk, tender hearts, and first friends
Boys on a Mission (ages 8 through 10): striving for mastery in sports, organizing the boy brain for school success, and glaring academic gender gaps
The Preteen (ages 11 through 13): puberty, posturing, and popularity, the culture of cruelty, and stoic silence in the middle school years
Early High School (ages 14 and 15): powerful peer groups, sexuality, the shift away from Mom, and yearning for Dad’s respect and attention
On the Brink of Manhood (ages 16 through 18): the quest for independence, sex, love, driving, drinking, and other challenges of life

Practical, insightful, and engaging, It’s a Boy! is the definitive guide to raising boys in today’s world, revealing with humor, compassion, and joy all the infinite varieties of boys and the profound ways in which we love them.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; Reprint edition (24 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345493966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345493965
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's A Boy! 16 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a useful guide to bringing up boys, using their psychological and emotional development. Michael Thompson uses interesting real life case studies to illustrate themes, which are very helpful in understanding how the psychology translates into practice. Having read "Raising Cain" I, presonally, didn't find that it added a great deal of information, but it did give some useful practical tips.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hardwork 23 Feb 2014
By sb
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Apparently, it's quite hard work to read. Not as enjoyable as why French kids do as they are told. but interesting nonetheless
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 27 Feb 2013
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I found this book useful. My boys are nearly 3 years old. I read through from birth to 4 years old and found it interesting. It confirmed things I have already experienced and forewarns me about what may happen next. The experiences of others were useful in grounding the theory. Easy to read and a chance to laugh in recognition of some of the frustrating moments that I recognise in other people's anecdotes. I will dip into it as my children get older.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.A must have book 5 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is excellent & we read it everyday.We read it over & over again & each time it makes a different sense.This endearing book is a vital companion for us boys' parents & not buying it is a mistake.Dr Thompson's guidances are filled with wisdoms of the past-tells us about raising boys in the traditional way & with open mindedness,flexibility towards our most beloved boys & to raise our princes with compassion & immense kindness.Love it, read it, sleep it, drink it.We parents need this book by our side everyday for the age old wisdom of the bygone eras so our princes reach their maximum potential & make wise decisions all along so they lead very good lives.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers great deal of insight into minds of boys 18 April 2008
By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"It's a Boy: Understanding Your Son's Development From Birth to Age 18" by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is one of the best parenting books I've seen as far as being dedicated to understanding what is going on in a boy's brain. As a mother of two boys, I admit that sometimes I am completely befuddled by their behavior. I have (obviously) never been a little boy and because of that, I can't necessarily relate to what they are going through. Dr. Thompson describes what is going on in their heads and also helps parents to realize that their son's behavior is normal and what it should be.

Dr. Thompson also does a great job of describing why so many boys have so much trouble in school and offers some solutions as to what can be done to fix it. I wish I could photocopy whole chapters of this book to distribute to my sons' teachers. Teachers, most of whom are women, especially if they have never had any sons of their own, often just don't get little boy behavior. This book would help so much in their understanding.
38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The book is just okay 24 July 2008
By MamaMia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I felt that the book was geered for parents with only "stereo-typical" boys, which I do not have. If your son is a typical high energy boy, then this is the book for you. If your son is more sensitive and laid back, there is not much in this book to answer your questions or validate your parenting tactics.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening!!! 13 May 2008
By Triple A's Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I have 3 kids, almost 4 yd girl, 2 and 1/2 yd boy and 1 yd boy. Like most of women, it's easy to understand girl's point of view for me. My daughter is a typical drama queen/very pink/very princessie girl. My son #1 is a fun little guy. He loves to tease his sister, of course and us (parents), to experiment whatever he can think of, and is very physically active. Son #2 is learning from his brother A LOT. I've heard that boys and girls are different and I do agree with it, but I just didn't know how their brains work. This book opened my eyes to see their perspectives. I'm just so glad that there is somebody who loves boys and cherishes their nature so well that mom like me can learn and get to know about my own sons more. What we know about our sons and information from the book definitely supports to get to know them better. My concerns has been lighter!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 Mom, 2 Sons, 0 Brothers and Lots of Questions Answered by This Book 16 May 2012
By RainydayMP - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to start by saying that I found this book on Amazon when I was searching for some understanding of my 7 and 10 year old sons - who are very different, and yet I still don't always "get them". As a mom who never had a brother - I've often been a bit aloof with understanding "is this normal" when it came to my son. So - not willing to spend the money on an unknown - I first went to the library and checked out this book. After one week of on-and-off reading, I was sold and purchased my very own copy of this book.

Not only does this book help understand "what is normal" for boys regarding physical, emotional, social and educational development - it also helps every mom who didn't grow up with boys understand that boys aren't anything like girls! Maybe that was a personal thing I had to realize on my own, but this book helped me understand how wonderfully different they really are. Rather than wondering why my son isn't chatty or the friend-seeker that I thought he should be because of his age, I now understand that he is a well-adjusted boy. That has brought a great peace to my mind. Also, it easy highlights where the "red-flags" should be in all forms of development while also giving suggestions for the proper response. As an added bonus, I should also mention that this book has helped me understand my husband a bit better, too!

One last thing - I'm not an avid reader, so taking on a book this big seamed really daunting. However, the book is formatted in a way that makes it an easy read due to the age separation, the breakout sections that highlight the different types of development, and the relate-able stories and lessons learned from them. You don't need to read it all at once, rather hang on to it and consult with it over the years. I will now buy this book for friends of mine who are expecting boys. The "what to expect" books are great for the first year and a half of life, but for boys, this is the must have for the remaining 17 years.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An accumulation of infomation 28 Jun 2009
By D Boyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The format of this book kept me from getting into it.

The information is good, but in brief pieces. I couldn't really sink my teeth into it before it switched to an anecdote or a different age.

If you want a brief overview with lots of stories from parents, you should like this.

If you are looking for detailed information about a particular age of boy, I would look elsewhere.

Good for what it is, but not a style for everyone.
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