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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant; Large Print 16 pt edition (29 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459636813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459636811
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,105 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

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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270 of 284 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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111 of 124 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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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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102 of 124 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scooby Doo on 5 Oct. 2007
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I bought this book when my kids were rug rats. They are now 13 & 11 and I still refer to it. Full of sound advice. Chapters include what is it with boys? The 3 stages of boyhhood, Testosterone, brain differences, dads, mothers & sport. A great book.
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful By LiLi on 11 May 2011
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Was disappointed to find this book was almost completely based on the authors opinions and anecdotal experiences. No evidence presented or discussed. Also very severe and narrow minded when talking about single mothers or fathers having to work long hours (I don't fit into either category - so have no reason to be defensive or chippy). The gist of the book is this: (1) If you're a single mother without a man, your son's screwed, ADD should be called DDD (dad deficit disorder). (2) If you're a Dad working long hours, you don't "cut it as a Dad" and your son will be damaged. (3) Once your son gets to six, the mummy cuddles stop and the Dad takes over. That's a fairly decent summary of the book - save yourself the money!

He even talks about a boy ending up in intensive care because he needed attention from his Dad. Ridiculous.
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