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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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Henderson, CO, USA
  • 08-09-08

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!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Barbara
  • Woodstock, GA, USA
  • 07-22-10

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Absolutely loved it

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.

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Excellent excellent excellent.

This book is a must read! So good and so insightful. Presented in a way that everyone can understand.

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Spectacular a must read.

Incredible, life-changing, vital for every parent to raise a strong independent son. Don't go another day without reading this book!

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Great book for parents of boys

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!

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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.