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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Thorsons; Third edition edition (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007153694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007153695
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Biddulph was born in Yorkshire and lives in Tasmania with his wife and children. He has been a family therapist for over twenty years and his multi million selling books have been translated into 27 languages. In the UK he lectures annually, filling regional theatres. Biddulph has been hailed by 'The Times' as 'a mixture between Doctor Spock and Billy Connolly'.

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‘a mix of Billy Connelly and Dr Spock … Steve Biddulph is a publishing phenomenon’ The Times

‘Steve’s advice is easy to follow – and more importantly, it works.’ BBC Family Life Magazine

‘When you find a guru willing to change his mind when evidence and humanity prompt, you rejoice. For me, Steve Biddulph – one of the most popular [parenting gurus] in the world, with four million books sold – is the man.’
Libby Purves, The Times

‘Biddulph… has a built-in feel good factor. Parenting books too often make one fell inadequate, but Biddulph’s left me refreshed and optimistic.’
The Express

‘Packed full of pithy wisdom on what it is to move from boyhood to manhood and how to help your (not-so) little one on his way.’
The Independent

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Why boys are different - and how to help them become happy and well-balanced men


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275 of 289 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip G. A. Baldwin on 27 April 2003
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As a teacher of more than 25 years experience, I thought I knew quite a lot about how to educate boys in their last year at primary school. However Steve Biddulph has managed in one fell swoop to make me sit up and really challenge some of my long held beliefs in the way boys should be taught. I bought the book and within 48 hours have read it from cover to cover three times. Some of his observations had me punching the air yelling 'Yes!;some of the stories had me in tears as I recognised incidents from own childhood; and some of the life history stories made me want to hang my head in shame, because I recognised myself as the speaker of certain words, or perpretrator of some actions that caused hurt, bewilderment to the children entrusted to my care. The style is easy to read, but he also has a very powerful way with one liners that are often an uncomfortable jolt back to reality. I would like to equip every parent of every boy I am likely to teach in the future with this book - because there is no doubt - this man is a genius !
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112 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Powell on 28 July 2000
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I borrowed this book from my sister(she has two boys, and I have one boy and two girls)and knew that I would have to get my own copy. This book, for a relatively short tome, is packed with anecdotes, ideas and a genuine sense of purpose.I found myself sometimes laughing, often knodding in agreement, and a couple of times crying. Mothers don't know what it's like to be male;this book goes a long way to guide us in the right direction for the long term benefit of our sons, our partners and our future grandsons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vivienne ryan on 2 Jun. 2015
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I read Steve's first book on raising boys after the birth of my two sons. The world has changed dramatically since then and Steve's latest books gives interesting and important guidance on how we can help boys become happy, well-adjusted men. Despite the alarming statistical odds being stacked against boys there is hope for their future. Male role models are vital for boys to help them make the leap from boys to men, apart from their fathers other male figures in their lives such as school teachers, sports coaches etc can help fulfill this important role. Choosing the right education and career paths for boys that will help them gain fulfillment and personal satisfaction is also important. In Steve's original book he talks about the Montessori method of teaching providing structure for boys learning. This can provide an important foundation for their future learning experience. On Steve's advice we chose a school with a Montessori nursery nearly 18 years ago. They have both moved on since then and are choosing subjects which they enjoy such as design and technology and languages. It is also important to find physical outlets for their energy in the form of sporting activities, as Steve's suggests either within the school environment or outside. It is really exciting helping boys to become men and there are lots of opportunities to help them in our society if we find the right people and environments for them to learn and flourish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SHarris on 6 Mar. 2015
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First I had a daughter, and I know what she's thinking before she does. Then I had a son, and he is like a Rosetta stone and I'm endlessly searching for a key or clue to cracking his "language" and understanding his ways of behaving. It doesn't help that I only have sisters, mostly aunt's, mostly girl cousins, and my father was away on business most of the time as I grew up. This book really helped me to understand how boys' and girls' brains are different and what to expect as my son grows. I just wish there was more in the book about the toddler and early school years, because I'm floundering and need more specific help!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Romana on 29 Sept. 2010
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I had fairly high expectations of this book after reading the reviews, however I found it a little disappointing. While there certainly were a few gems (e.g. the greatest and changing influences at different times in a boy's life and who the best people are to maximise the potential to meet those needs) I found it mostly to be common sense. Still, a quick and easy read and a few things to take away and think about.
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103 of 125 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug. 2001
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Readers may like to know that Steve Biddulph's books are hugely popular where we come from back in Australia - used in almost one in four family homes, according to one newspaper - precisely because they are the opposite of the past reviewers opinion - they are accessible, funny, very practical, and down to earth, and seem to be written from the heart. Biddulph has been around in Australia for about 20 years, and was brave enough to question the dogma about children being born genderless, and back this up with good science.
As a feminist, I find his book perfect because it helps me ACHIEVE those goals of raising my boy to be a great human being, but also to understand that he is not like me.
The three stages of boyhood are far from obvious, and I haven't seen them written elsewhere. But when you have a boy, you can see them at work and its a great help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Harford on 5 July 2011
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I bought this book after being recommended it by someone else. It provides some good advice for how to communicate with boys and ensure they grow up to be emotionally healthy individuals. It is also useful to read about different stages of boy's development and to know that boys will not always be 'mummy's boys' but rely on parents in different ways according to their stage of development. An interesting read.
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