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Not one for mums
on 15 June 2011
Ian Grant is clearly convinced that growing great boys is a father's task and offers little consolation to mothers whom are raising son's by themselves. He implies the only way you can be a great mother to a boy is to get a great man involved in his life. The general advice and guidance is clearly geared towards men. The women's section is incredibly short and reads along the lines of clean, wash and feed him and you've done your job. But if you happen not to have a man around, go and read the section on how to be a good father.
I am sure this may possibly be a good book for fathers, but as it goes from my perspective it offered me virtually no insight into how to raise a boy well. The layout is bad and he attempts to cover to broad an age range making the depth of advice patchy across the areas.
It clearly doesn't draw on some of the most effective and recent research around parenting models but is very much an anecdotal account of the way him, his mates and his family raised children, in fact this is little more then a man to man pep talk of a book. As for father's- I would not be happy handing it to a father as I think its pretty patronising as it goes.
Ultimately I think it takes both mother and father to raise a child and if this was a dad's guide it should have been more explicit in the titling.