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.
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!
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!
This book is an extremely practical guide on how to raise exceptional young men. I have three boys and am extremely grateful for the multiple people that recommended this book to me. I will probably be re-reading this book every year or two as my boys continue to grow and need more and more of their father. I would recommend this book to fathers as well as mothers of boys of any age.
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.
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.
Being a boy mom myself, I find this book incredibly helpful. I grew up in a family where parenting was done completely wrong - child abuse in each and every possible form of it was a usual. This led me and my brother to a lifetime of struggle with emotional issues, and, in my brother's case, severe mental disorder and death at the age of 27. My own childhood made me fearful of becoming a mother, especially a mom of a boy. This book was an additional reinforcement that with love, devotion, moral guidance, acceptance and appreciation of your son, you can raise a wonderful boy who will eventually become a happy, self sufficient, humble, respectful, high functioning member of society, and, most importantly, a man you can be proud of.
This book is a must read! So good and so insightful. Presented in a way that everyone can understand.
Loved this book- great stories and examples. I am going to get a hard copy just because I want to reference for years to come!
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.
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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