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Publisher's Summary

Playing off the themes in the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book Where the Wild Things Are, this informative, practical, and encouraging guide will help parents guide boys down the path to healthy and authentic manhood.

Wild Things addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a boy, written by two therapists who are currently engaged in clinical work with boys and their parents and who are also fathers raising five sons. This book contains chapters such as "Sit Still! Pay Attention!", "Deficits and Disappointments", and "Rituals, Ceremonies, and Rites of Passage".

©2009 Stephen James and David Thomas (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This worthy, engaging owner's manual on boys aged two to 22 is written from a reserved, supportive Christian perspective." ( Library Journal)

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Awesome book about raising boys

one of the best books I've read on raising boys. love the breakdown of ages and way its organized. highly recommend.

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  • T Tolley
  • Saratoga Springs, UT, US
  • 08-20-18

Good concept, okay execution

I liked and agreed with the main ideas of the book. It did, however, have several statements peppered throughout that I felt were sexist and cemented the very stereotype of boys that we should be steering away from. We do need boys who are emotionally intelligent, but we shouldn't put them down for not being so. My husband listened to bits and pieces of it and when I asked him to listen to the whole thing, he said that from what he'd heard from it, he doesn't think he'd be able to get past the few dated opinions to be open to the other ideas.

I also felt that the way the narrator moved between the two psychologists was confusing and disruptive. I think it could've been executed better by having two narrators.

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great book

This book is a great read for mothers of boys of all ages. I really have learned a lot about how to raise my boys.

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Not Just About Boys!

Not only did I learn tips for understanding my son, but I learned about my husband as well! I’ve often thought his emotional maturity was that of a teenager, but as it’s explained here, it makes so much sense. It’s helped me understand and react differently to him as well.

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Great book to gain insight of my precious son!

I loved this book, I didn’t wanna stop listening to it and I wish I read it sooner! So many great ways to relate to my son in every stage of life and I love all the ways that this book dares you to keep your son little and exploring yet being able to then guide him into his adult years, this book is perfect for mom and dad!

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Great and relevant advice

I liked the way the authors breakdown boy age groups and behavior accordingly . Good addition to parent library especially if you have daughters and sons. Gives ideas on others books to read for parents , books for boys and movies you can see with your kids that enrich their learning and yours as well. It also shed a lot of light on why adult men behave the way they do when it comes to parenting ...nice surprise . AVS

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excellent

i find myself telling stories from the book to othets. i learned a great deal.

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Loved it.

Excellent book. I will recommend it to all of my friends with sons. My 3 boys are still small so I know I'll be listening to this again in the future as they pass through the other stages.

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An absolutely must read for all parents with boys!

Great advise and phenomenal tips for all stages of my son's life. Thank you for putting together such a remarkable work of art. Especially impressed by how you guys touched on all subjects, even the very uncomfortable ones. Thanks to you, I will not be shocked by a couple of approaching mile stones and hope too be better prepared to let go and accept all of his facets.

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Yes!

Hands down recommend for anyone with boys. I was raised in a family with 4 girls and no close male relatives other than my dad. His methods of parenting go right along with ours. They recommend love and logic which is good for younger children but I think no drama discipline would be my first recommendation over that. Thanks for all the good info. Looking forward to checking out your other books.

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  • 08-29-17

Excellent, absolute gold!

As the father of 3 boys this has been a life changer for me. A wonderful blend of psychology, neuroscience, experience, wisdom as dads, counsellors and pastors. Performance was fantastic, humorous and warm, with feeling. I have already recommended to several other friends and will buy hard copy to refer to much in the future. Thank you.