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Boys Should Be Boys

Narrated by: Pam Ward
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (321 ratings)

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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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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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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!

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Awesome book

Loved listening to Dr Meg. She is honest and dead on! Enjoyed knowing that there are doctors out there with good old fashion values. Enjoyed listening to her stories about her patients too

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A must read for all parents of boys

An easy read that covers all the needs of boys- physical, mental. emotional and spiritual.

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Useful and educational

Great insight. Teaches basic principles as well as new ideas and ways of approaching your children. Eye opening stats on the effects of violence, pornography, and technology on children and their minds.

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A must read for all parents of boys

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.

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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.

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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.

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Written with Experience

The narrator did a good job. The book was written from the authors vast experience making this way more than an academic recitation.

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Love love love this book

This book has been on my shelf for a while and I am upset that I did not take the time sooner to read this book. It is extremely helpful in understanding how books think and act. How to bring the best out in your boys. I loved this book and it’s one that I will continue to reference back to.

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  • Claire Wallace
  • 03-03-19

Loved this book

Such a great engaging listen, I learned a lot about my boys that’s helping me parent them more effectively.

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  • RosaandEnzo
  • 10-16-16

Great listening

I started reading the book but found it informative but to big a read to get through.

Downloaded the audible version and enjoyed it immensely and learnt quite a bit about being an effective and good father.

Great listening.