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That's My Boy
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2011
From the product description I was expecting a guide, with helpful advice on the particular issues you face with boys - a bit like Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different - and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men. This book is not that. It is a political debate about gender differences and similarities and how they are applied in society and the education system. There is very little advice, and the pages are filled with lots of generalities about both boys and girls. A whole chapter is devoted to why mothers used to all want boys and were disappointed in getting a girl and are now supposedly all happy and relieved to have a girl. I don't know what any of this has to do with helping people bring up boys, and it feels like the same old gender politics dressed up as a help guide.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2003
Being a first time Mum to a baby boy, and over 40 so having grown up in a society where everything was "he", it has amazed me that most baby/toddler articles are now geared to "she". Not only do I have to deal with the usual problems of bringing up a child of a different sex, in a society so different from my own childhood, but the little boy seems to also face the same gender bias that we females faced. This book deals with the all these issues.
Jenni writes in a very readable, amusing manner, giving lots of advice without sounding presumptious. Yes, there are lots of challenges out there but she gives you 100% confidence that it is possible to nurture the kind of well-balanced, confident but caring male you always wished you would meet. She uses many examples from other parents of sons to give practical solutions to situations, and as these are often from well-known "names", this adds to the reality and interest. Jenni tackles a number of topics head on, however difficult and embarrassing they may be to any of the parties concerned. She leaves you with the feeling that you may not be able to change the world but this book will help you on the road to filling it with better balanced, all round young men.
I found this book far more helpful and reassuring than most of the books I had read before having young Peter. Oh and I now know how much work I need to do on the Dad - if only he would read the book too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I was compelled to write this review because I disagree so strongly with the previous reviewer (Diane Forrest). Jenni Murray's book doesn't try to ignore the biological differences between boys and girls, instead, she celebrates what makes boys special and asks us to see the positive side of being a boy, rather than trying to solve the 'problem' with boys.

I bought this book after the birth of our first son, and now after the arrival of our second will be going back to it again. Too often the message of books about boys is how to deal with difficulties. This book is a celebration of boys, which makes it quite unique in my experience.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2004
This book does everything it says on the tin! It basically covers what it's like to have a son, from the moment of birth to the moment when he leaves home. Jenni Murray shares her experiences and those of other (mostly celebrity) parents but never expects everyone else to see things the same way. What she does do is provoke thought and discussion.
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