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279 of 293 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2015
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2010
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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115 of 129 people found the following review helpful
on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My supervisor recommended this book to me and I am pleased I took her advice. 'Raising Boys' is an enjoyable and informative read for: parents, carers, grandparents, child or family therapists or other professionals working with children and families. I read this book rather quickly, as I found it hard to put down. I am so impressed with this book that I want to purchase 'Raising Girls' by the same author. I like the fact there is no flowery language, the author gets to the point and holds my attention. I have learnt a lot from this book and this will help me personally and professionally.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2007
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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105 of 128 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2001
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
on 5 July 2011
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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90 of 110 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2004
Its easy to see how Steve Bidulphs books have found their way into millions of homes around the world - he is deceptively readable and
friendly in style, but his ideas are powerful and quite revolutionary.
While everyone else was arguing about whether boys and girls were different, he assembles the facts especially from medical and brain research as well as real life experience, but makes it so understandable that it helps you put it into practice straight away.
My husband took on board the idea of playing rough and tumble with our little two year old, and in spite of being a rather reserved man,
found he enjoyed the monster games down on the carpet after work, it has now become a nightly ritual. Our son squeals with delight, and the two of them have a closer relationship. I can see this growing as my husband becomes more relaxed and finds his own way to be a good dad, getting the older children (4 and 9) to do housework, taking them out to the park. Thank you Steve.
The book is a treasure chest of other good ideas - finding a school that is boy friendly, stages and changes that I had never heard of as a girl growing up with no brothers - Raising Boys has made me more confident, and I feel empowered to be proactive in making my sons into good men. My only criticism is that I wanted more - and perhaps a book about girls too ?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2009
I found this book a very interesting read, but little more than that. I picked up some interesting facts that I would not otherwise have known but nothing that really helped me understand my son any better for being a boy. I was expecting much, much more given the popularity of the book, and from a practical point of view I was disappointed. I have since read "The secret of Happy Children" by the same author and could not put it down. Now this is what I was looking for! Some practical advice to help me deal with those difficult days. There was no need (in my humble opinion!), to write a separate book aimed at boys.
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