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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (10 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749958251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958251
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a gem. Rosalind Wiseman offers readers deep, nuanced, up-to-the-minute insight into today's boy. She explains how and why boys, in so many areas, make it easy for parents and educators to miss out on their suffering and their strength. Most important, she shows how to reach out and lift boys up without getting on their nerves (Wendy Mogel, PhD, author of the New York Times bestseller The Blessing of a Skinned Knee)

Trying to communicate with boys - teenage boys especially -- can sometimes feel like cracking the world's most complicated secret code. What makes Ringleaders & Sidekicks so remarkable is how thoroughly it decrypts boy-world language. It allows us to really connect with boys. If you want to understand what's in your son's head, read this book! (Michael Gurian, New York Times bestselling author of The Wonder of Boys)

Ringleaders & Sidekicks maps the foreign territory of boys' social and interior emotional lives as deftly and compassionately as Wiseman's earlier book on girls. With clear analysis and down-to-earth practical advice, this book will guide many many conversations between parents and their sons (Michael Kimmel, author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men)

Rosalind Wiseman brings a distinctive perspective and voice to whatever issue she takes up. She did it in Queen Bees and Wannabes. Now she's done it again, revealing the inner workings of 'Boy World.' I found the book insightful and useful, as both a father to sons and as a professional working with violent youth who must deal with the most serious life issues facing other people's sons. (James Garbarino, PhD, author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them)

Don't even try parenting, teaching or coaching a boy without reading Wiseman's book - a field manual that you'll absolutely need if you wish to enter the strange and wondrous world of guys (Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That's Leaving Them Behind)

The world bombards boys with confusing and destructive messages - the net result is the creation of characters instead of young men with character. Ringleaders & Sidekicks will help parents, teachers, and coaches understand young boys and make a difference in their lives. An intriguing read (Dr Kevin Leman, author of Have a New Kid by Friday)

Based on the concept that there are unwritten rules about how to 'Act-Like-A-Man', which affect every male child, Wiseman unravels how these conventions stop boys from expressing their emotions and asking for help...Wiseman's sound and steady assistance provides a calm response to every twist and turn on the multifaceted road of parenthood. Especially important are the insights she presents on what to do when a boy discovers the roller coaster of emotions and desires involved in sexual situations, such as sexting, foreplay and sexual abuse... A wealth of sensible information for parents of boys. (Kirkus)

There are certain books that, whilst written to help with [parenting] ... are well worth reading in order to gain insight when it comes to [teaching] ... and this level-headed look at what life is like for today's growing boys, designed to help parents and carers raise happy, well-balanced, emotionally literate young men, is definitely among them ... [Ringleaders & Sidekicks] could genuinely change the way you look at some of your most challenging students, to their benefit and yours. (Teach Secondary)

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Rosalind Wiseman, leading parenting expert and bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, turns her attention to the perils of Boy World. This is expert advice that will help any parent understand their teenage son and help him cope with classroom politics, bullying, girls and growing up.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bridget on 18 Oct 2013
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Only half way through but as parents of 13 and 15 year old boys, I am telling any parent I meet to get it!!Great insight and very helpful indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cebe Seren on 25 Aug 2014
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My oldest boy is about to start secondary school and I want to prepare him for what he might start to experience. I love the practical advice for all situations in here- e.g. dating, name calling, sports, going out, and just talking. I have already started to gently introduce a few topics just in passing. I don't know yet if it will help but it has definitely got me thinking proactively about how to help my boys through their teens instead of just worrying about it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M E Noble on 1 May 2014
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As expected - I learnt a lot about Boy World as I am female and only have female children. I bought it for my daughter to help her to bring up her son in the 21st century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tanith Carey, author of Taming the Tiger Parent on 27 Sep 2014
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Another brilliantly insightful book from Rosalind Wiseman. Her understanding and empathy with young people never fails to impress me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim on 12 Oct 2013
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Rosalind has written an outstanding book for parents of boys. It is full of insights into a world we, as parents, rarely see. Packed with solid advice. If you read one book, especially about the social world of older boys, let this be IT!
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