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Boys Should Be Boys | [Meg Meeker]

Boys Should Be Boys

What are little boys made of? It used to be frogs, snails, and puppy dog tails, but today it is MTV, ADD, and STDs. So how do parents raise their sons to be respectful and responsible young men in a toxic culture that relentlessly undermines masculine virtues such as moral strength, self-restraint, and respect for women? By letting boys be boys.
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What are little boys made of? It used to be frogs, snails, and puppy dog tails, but today it is MTV, ADD, and STDs. So how do parents raise their sons to be respectful and responsible young men in a toxic culture that relentlessly undermines masculine virtues such as moral strength, self-restraint, and respect for women? By letting boys be boys.

Dr. Meg Meeker, best-selling author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, follows up on her success with Boys Should Be Boys, a guide for parents on how to raise a strong son in these turbulent times. Taking listeners on a journey from boyhood to manhood, Boys Should be Boys delves into the mind, heart, and spirit of boys, showing parents how they can make a difference between the boy their son is and the man he will become.

©2008 Meg Meeker, M.D.; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Eristic SF Bay Area 08-12-09
    Eristic SF Bay Area 08-12-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Great guide for grownups"

    Had I read the negative reviews, I never would have bought this book! Thankfully, I didn't do my homework.

    This book is gold. My only regret is I didn't have it for the raising of my older kids as it would have saved us a lot of pain and regret. The narrator's voice is a little preachy, but inoffensive if your focus is on the content. The material is excellent. Thanks Dr. Meeker for a great resource!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Henderson, CO, USA 08-09-08
    Michael Henderson, CO, USA 08-09-08
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    "If you have a boy.."

    If you have a boy under your care you MUST read/listen to this book. I am a child of a single mother and did not learn the principles of fatherhood that Meg explains as vital to a boys growth and success in life. Highly Recommended!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Brighton, MI United States 01-28-09
    Dave Brighton, MI United States 01-28-09 Listener Since 2007

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    "Not like it was in my days"

    There are some good points in this book, but generally comes off as an "in my day, we used to play marbles, and bought gum drops for a penny". Some how they think because kids grow up different then they did 50 years ago it's worse. Video games are bad, hand written letters are good. The facts don't add up to what they are trying to portray as reality. Perception that this generation is the worst, is false and fabricated by the media. Because that is what sells and what older people want to hear. It's easier to accept that, then the facts.

    If you want that type of book, and very conservative thinking this is the book.

    10 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SANDY, UT, United States 02-02-13
    Matthew SANDY, UT, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I reflected a lot on being a boy. Reminding myself of what it was like growing up and bringing to my mind ways to be a better more supportive father.


    What other book might you compare Boys Should Be Boys to and why?

    Strong Father Strong Daughter was also an excellent book by Meg Meeker. Understanding how much influence a father has on his daughters well being and development gives a lot of pressure to be a good dad.


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    Jeremy Frankfort, KS, United States 01-08-13
    Jeremy Frankfort, KS, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book - anyone with boys should read."
    What did you love best about Boys Should Be Boys?

    Common sense and practical message imparted by Dr Meeker


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Boys Should Be Boys?

    General enhancements to parenting - standing our ground in situations when the worlds values seem to be varied from ours


    Any additional comments?

    Book was great but not as exceptional as her first book - "Strong fathers strong daughters"
    The readers voice was not as appealing to me, this may account for my reception of the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "My Wife and I both benefited"

    Our 5yr old boy has been challenging his Kindergarten teacher. He is bright and learns quickly but is very rambunctous. Instinctually I knew that he was just being "a boy" but it was nice to get some confirmation. This book taught me that it's not just that "Boys will be Boys" but as the title says, "Boys Should Be Boys". And I just need to fight for him as well as shape him!!

    Great Book! I would hightly recommend to any Mom and Dad of boys

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    Zachary Keizer, OR, United States 11-03-11
    Zachary Keizer, OR, United States 11-03-11
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    "Every Parents must read"

    It is awsome to hear such insight into the mind and actions of my little boy. I think i remember allot of my own boyhood, but this filled in the gaps.

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    Barbara Woodstock, GA, USA 07-22-10
    Barbara Woodstock, GA, USA 07-22-10
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    "Storytelling Does Not Match Audience"

    The author uses storytelling from patient experience perspective or made-up scenarios to explain boy behavior and development. I feel the stories were unnecessarily long. The point could be described without the narratives. The storytelling tone and descriptions appear for teen or a child audience. Yet, this book is marketed for the adult parent. My only other concern with the book is the safety contradictions. I wish our world would allow for some of the physical and emotional milestones she promotes. And although the author acknowledges modern problems with sexual predators, abuse, school violence, etc., her scenarios often promote an idyllic landscape not in existence today. In general, the book provided some useful insight into how boys think and feel from her Mother/Pediatrician perspective.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Redondo Beach, CA, USA 06-27-08
    Mary Redondo Beach, CA, USA 06-27-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Boys Should Be Boys... Unabridged... eeegads!"

    Okay... great premise for book...excited to get it. ABSOLUTELY DISAPPOINTED!! First of all, wrong reader!!! is it the author!! OMG.. I feel as if I am being LECTURED by the SNL Church Lady!! Also... I beg for the abridged version... I am sooo sick of hearing story after story about Johnny and his buddies and their tree fort, etc!!! Jeez... just lay out your message and enough with the cutsey little stories that go on and on and on and on and on and... you get my drift... it is just OVER KILL!!! YOU ARE LOSING ME!!! AND I AM ONLY A THIRD OF THE WAY THROUGH THE AUDIO BOOK!!! I agree with what you are saying. I am your target audience (Mother, 45-50 yr.,teenage boy) but I can't stand your delivery!!! What was your publisher thinking????

    8 of 21 people found this review helpful
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