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Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different - and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men [Paperback]

Steve Biddulph
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8 July 2010

A word of mouth bestseller which has become one of the best loved and most successful books in the parenting field. Steve Biddulph’s Raising Boys is to be re-released this month with some startling new research on what helps - and what harms - boys.

In this expanded and updated edition, Steve Biddulph shares and gives practical and honest advice to parents so they can recognise the different stages of boyhood and learn how to raise happy, confident and kind young men.

Boys need to be parented in a different way from girls with their own very special psychological and physical make-up. Home, society and education have failed boys badly – and these failures lead to unhappy men who cannot fully become happy, responsible, emotionally-confident adults.

While it is essential that boys spend more time learning about manhood from their fathers, Biddulph updates his classic to include helpful information for mothers and single mothers with baby boys.

This extended edition explores some important topics:
• How ADHD may be caused by stress in the first year of life.
• Whether boys should start school later than girls.
• Help for single mothers raising sons.
• How to choose a sport that does more good than harm.
• What we can do about boys and binge drinking.
• What science can tell us about teenage boys and driving – and how we can keep our sons safe.

Raising Boys offers parents real-life situations, thought-provoking insights, humour and help.

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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: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

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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255 of 266 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory reading for all teachers and parents ! 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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102 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely,thoughtful book 28 July 2000
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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By dolanp
Looking over the exisiting reviews it seems to me that the negative reviews are from people whose circumstances, beliefs and values are challenged by it (for example lone mums or distant dads who don't like what he is saying). It is also possible that the positive reviews are from those whose lives are validated by the author's opinions, though this correlation seems less clear to me.

Maybe some are still stuck in an out-of-date 'boys are OK, it's girls that need our help' paradigm.

Is this really how we review non-fiction? I'm reminded for some reason of the quote on George Monbiot's website 'Tell people something they know already and they will thank you for it. Tell people something new and they will hate you for it.'

Can't we try and see past ourselves?

I liked the book. It spoke to me. Hopefully I'm neither of the above, being in a position to choose either to agree with the book's principles, and put them into action, or not. In other words, I'm still somewhat on the outset of the journey.

It is suggested that the book contains no evidence to back up the author's assertions. True, the author has done no studies of his own, but he does regularly reference the work of others and this is clear if you read the back of the book.

The book is also a very light read, as suggested by some. I'm sure that's intentional.

It's a book I'll have a re-read of from time to time in the future, in case I've lost sight of what's important. That's the book's role, in my opinion.
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131 of 157 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm... 18 Feb 2004
By A Customer
I had this book recommended to me by word of mouth, which according to the cover blurb is how most people get to hear about it.
The book is intellectually pretty lite and most of what it says is common sense. Spend more time with your children, and boys are different to girls. (But I guess just because something is common sense it can still be worth saying...)
I had two main problems with the book. One was coherance. Some bits are written for mums, some for dads, some for teachers and some for policy makers. It is written in 'magazine style', skipping from one topic to the next, which is good if you like to read in bite-size chunks but less good if you want more depth on some of the topics. On a couple of occasions, topics are actually repeated. Also I was left confused as to which statements where the author's own assertions and which bits were actually backed up with research.
My other main problem was it was a bit cheesy, bordering on the offensive, at times. His comments that 'if your son is gay, don't spend too much time thinking about what went wrong' or 'having a gay son can open you to a new world of really interesting people' raised my hackles somewhat. (I am paraphrasing, but only slightly.)
If you want a quick and light introduction into some practical techniques for parenting boys then I guess you could do worse, but if you are expecting anything deeper or more thorough then don't bother.
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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's not ADHD then!! 31 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Having read this book - after being at my wits end with my aggressive, hyperactive, loud and mischievious 6 year old (who has been diagnosed with ADHD!) I have now come to the conclusion that he 'just a boy' after all and with the help of his family, he can become a well balanced man.
The book hit a chord with me when Steve Biddulph explained that ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) may after all be Attention Dad Disorder.
I urge every parent to read this book before labelling your son with ADHD. It's certainly a breath of fresh air to know (even it it hurts like hell!!!!) that it may be what you say or do (or don't do??) with your son that causes them to behave as they do - rather than giving them a drug which supresses their imagination and 'uniqness'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Only new into this book but reading well and making sense so far
Published 9 days ago by Mrs. T. A. Browne
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
A real eye opener for any mums or dad's about how their interaction and parenting actually affects their sons. Some great tips that I need to remember in the future.
Published 11 days ago by steve coldrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book
Published 17 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I borrowed the book from a friend and decided to get my own copy since it is the kind of book you can go back for reference and to refresh whatever you learned from it. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 22 days ago by Ana
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not as useful as i thought it wud be
Published 1 month ago by karen lee
4.0 out of 5 stars She was pleased for the
Again, this was bought for my daughter and not me. She was pleased for the help
Published 1 month ago by June Darlington
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't blow me away
I found this book just common sense and reductionist in the extreme, not a very interesting red, not sure that I get it!
Published 2 months ago by Jomo
1.0 out of 5 stars Sexist, Old fashioned and ridiculous!
As a single mother i purchased this book in the hope of gaining insight into the mind of 'the boy'. Having been raised in an all-female household i have no idea about the changes... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mmmmhmmm?
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great reference book
Easy to read from cover to cover. Especially essential when I have 3 small boys. Would recommend to anyone who needs a bit of guidance and doesn't have hours trawling through... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nina
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