Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs, is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Here, he presents his practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys' use of video games to innovative education reforms.
©2007 Leonard Sax; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This book is a must read for all parents of boys. It provided many "a-ha" moments for both my husband and I. We recognized in the book so many of the things that baffled us about our own sons. Additionally, we learned a lot about environmental factors affecting children today and how something as simple as a 20 oz bottle can have an effect on kids. We took many things aways from this book and we have started the journey of revamping our home and what goes on inside.
Sax clearly spent time researching many of his points. Best to read this Before your son has started school. Book starts out a little slow, but worth sticking with.
There are definitelly some ideas that initiate deep thoughts, especially when you have a boy (as I do, 11Y old), but I can't agree with some of these assumptions. If PET bottles, drugs and video games were the source of problems, it would be very simple to fix it. However, agree or not, it's good to think about these topics.
We just had a newborn son while I was listening to this book, and even without a lot of sleep, I finished it quickly. It is written and read very well.
I feel quite well read and am a very involved new father, but the material in this book isn't found in many other places, and I'm glad I came across it, for it taught me a lot about the way things are these days- things have changed since you and I went to school, grew up, dated, and all of that- and this book helps to prepare us for the world our kids are coming into.
If you have a son (or daughter), particularly a son though under age 5, but any child , I highly recommend this book. It makes many good points and offers suggestions on how to improve the life of your son- or daughter for that matter, because your daughter is probably going to come into contact with a few.
I couldn't stop listening to this audiobook. Although most of the "factors" I believed to be true before listening, it gave deeper explanations and a good insight into the future of our society.
A must read. All parents, teachers and boys that want to be men should read this book. It's tools that separate us from the animals. This book is the tool that can make us better parents and better teachers to those that follow.
As my wife and I listened to this book, I heard Dr. Sax describe our son exactly. We gained enough good insights into him that we listened a second time and had him listen with us. Since then, I've recommended this book to several friends in similar situations.
My wife, a first grade elementary teacher, echoed many of the same observations made in this book.
Definitely worth listening to if you are a parent with a boy or you work with kids on a regular basis.
Fascinating, informative, utterly disturbing. This book should be required reading for all parents of boys! Sadly, I see my own son (now 22) in this book. I wish I'd had this information years ago!!
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