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Father to Son: Life Lessons on Raising a Boy / Edition 1
     

Father to Son: Life Lessons on Raising a Boy / Edition 1

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by Harry H. Harrison
 

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ISBN-10: 0761118691

ISBN-13: 2900761118694

Pub. Date: 03/01/2000

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

A young boy doesn't come with instructions. He just comes with boundless energy, spirit, and love, all waiting to be shaped. And one of the powerful forces in the shaping is the wish to grow up to be "just like Dad," who was himself a young boy once. With apologies to mothers and daughters, there's really nothing like the primal bond between a son and his

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A young boy doesn't come with instructions. He just comes with boundless energy, spirit, and love, all waiting to be shaped. And one of the powerful forces in the shaping is the wish to grow up to be "just like Dad," who was himself a young boy once. With apologies to mothers and daughters, there's really nothing like the primal bond between a son and his father.

A little book of wisdom for fathers on raising boys, Father to Son is a guide to the joys and responsibilities of fatherhood. Divided into sections covering the different stages of a boy's life, the book features one succinct lesson per page-some lighthearted, some serious, all supported by the book's strong moral backbone. Here is the importance of passing along skills- "Show him how to eat an Oreo." "Show him how to put a baseball in a new glove and wrap a belt around it." Of setting a good example-"Be home for dinner." "Do push-ups together." Of staying involved- "Race him. You'll never forget the day he beats you." "Be sure to meet his girlfriends." Being flexible-"If his favorite thing about organized sports is the uniform, let him wear it to school." Offering guideposts, material and intangible- "Hang a punching bag in the garage." "Put a computer in his room. Never a TV." "Never tell him boys don't cry-ask him why he's crying." Nurturing responsibility- "Make him understand that even a small lie makes him a liar." "Teach him the joy of finishing a job." And instilling wonder- "Teach him the joys of staring at the moon." "Encourage him to go barefoot."

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ISBN-13:
2900761118694
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Edition description:
MINIATURE
Pages:
314

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Father to Son: Life Lessons on Raising a Boy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book may be tiny in size and is chocked full of one-liners but it is dynamite and makes the hardest parts of raising a son, sweet and simple. We don't need to complicate the fact that some people are forgetting to teach their sons to have respect for their mothers or that they may simply be taught honesty and integrity. As a matter of fact...this little package of dynamite is just that...full of explosive honesty and integrity. Write On, Mr. Harrison and Mrs. Harrison
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic quick references!! If your a book reader (which I'm not) Then this book might fall short of a fantastic book. But it's perfect for the non reader. Also it is what it says it is...'To guide, to remind, to teach & to inspire. ' Made me reflect on how I was raised. Well worth it's weight!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish this book had been more inspiring. It's okay, if you want a bunch of one-liners. But being a father isn't a one-liner job, in my humble opinion--unless you happen to be a father or want a father who spends only 15 seconds a day with the kid. Sorry to say, I was quite disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The average Dad spends 15 seconds a day with thier son. Obviously, going deep with your son is fine but, only effective when you have met the basic prerequisites. The world would be a better place if half of all fathers practiced half of the wisdom in this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my brother and my brother-in-law, one a single father and one a new father. The tidbits of wisdom in the book are thought-provoking. It is startling in this day and age how many boys are growing up without father-figures and don't have the luxury of this wisdom in their lives automatically. I liked that the book was split into advice for small boys and big boys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This tiny little book -- about the size of a deck of cards -- is just a bunch of one-liners. One is "Teach him even a small lie makes him a liar." I would hate to think a child would be branded for life as a liar for making one mistake. I think today's dad has a lot more to offer his children than that. I'm sorry to say, there's just no depth here. I would hope most dads would want to go farther.