Raising Boys: Why Boys Are Different - And How To Help Them Become Happy And Well-Balanced Men Paperback – 3 Mar 2003
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‘a mix of Billy Connelly and Dr Spock … Steve Biddulph is a publishing phenomenon’ The Times
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‘Biddulph… has a built-in feel good factor. Parenting books too often make one fell inadequate, but Biddulph’s left me refreshed and optimistic.’
‘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.’
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The book is intellectually pretty lite and most of what it says is common sense. Spend more time with your children, and boys are different to girls. (But I guess just because something is common sense it can still be worth saying...)
I had two main problems with the book. One was coherance. Some bits are written for mums, some for dads, some for teachers and some for policy makers. It is written in 'magazine style', skipping from one topic to the next, which is good if you like to read in bite-size chunks but less good if you want more depth on some of the topics. On a couple of occasions, topics are actually repeated. Also I was left confused as to which statements where the author's own assertions and which bits were actually backed up with research.
My other main problem was it was a bit cheesy, bordering on the offensive, at times. His comments that 'if your son is gay, don't spend too much time thinking about what went wrong' or 'having a gay son can open you to a new world of really interesting people' raised my hackles somewhat. (I am paraphrasing, but only slightly.)
If you want a quick and light introduction into some practical techniques for parenting boys then I guess you could do worse, but if you are expecting anything deeper or more thorough then don't bother.
In ten short chapters, renditions of the everyday and sometimes curious behaviour of boys are portrayed and then explained with reasons from the biological, the innately hormonal, the social or otherwise. With these explanations, the author cites quite plausable reasons and background information (his own personal experience, or real life cases that he has been privy to) to support WHY males behave this way, under these circumstances. Then, quite usefully, we're given possible reactions to these sorts of behaviour that will generate a healthy, personal self-esteem and positive outlook on the child, or adolescent's part.
His themed chapters (early years, hormones, school, relationships with family members, behaviour in sports, etc.) provide wonderfully everyday scenarios of male-behaviour, and the authors own wider persepective on reasons for this. He then follows up with reactions that would be most conducive to bringing out the 'best' from a mixed viewpoint of the child and the neighbouring adult. In other words, procuring a growing male child with a balanced outlook on his family, the wider world and his own capabilities.
Ideal short chapters, with a mixed and interesting type set, photos and snapshot cartoons to give the READER a more lateral vision of the temporal and impresionable male person in their life.
Interesting to look at when you turn every page, but made up of enough understandable, 'ordinary' advice on the 'why' of the behaviour, and the 'how' of manipulating the wonderful being into becoming a 'reasonable' and socially capable male child.Read more ›
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 ?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book when my son was 3 and again recently, now he is 12 as I wanted some useful advice on bringing up a boy, being a woman myself. Read morePublished 3 days ago by SMP
I really enjoyed reading this book. So many things just made sense and I will definitely be returning to this book time amd again however I can imagine some parts would be hard for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A bit common sense and not structured orderly. Nice to read once but not revolutionary. Does not add much new. There are better books out there.Published 4 months ago by Mrs mummy M.
Even though I haven't read this book it baffles me that the author has been able spread myths about boys producing high levels of testosterone when being toddlers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lisa