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A friendly and practical guide to the stages and issues in boys development from birth to manhood.

From award-winning psychologist Steve Biddulph comes an expanded and updated edition of RAISING BOYS, his international best seller published in 14 countries. His complete guide for parents, educators, and relatives includes chapters on testosterone, sports, and how boys' and girls' brains differ. With gentle humor and proven wisdom, RAISING BOYS focuses on boys' unique ...

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A friendly and practical guide to the stages and issues in boys development from birth to manhood.

From award-winning psychologist Steve Biddulph comes an expanded and updated edition of RAISING BOYS, his international best seller published in 14 countries. His complete guide for parents, educators, and relatives includes chapters on testosterone, sports, and how boys' and girls' brains differ. With gentle humor and proven wisdom, RAISING BOYS focuses on boys' unique developmental needs to help them be happy and healthy at every stage of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587613289
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVE BIDDULPH is one of the world's best-known parenting authors, with books in four million homes and 24 languages. He has been a family psychologist for more than 30 years and has been voted Australian Father of the Year by the Australian Father's Day Council. He lives in Tasmania, Australia.

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Have you ever met a famous person? What do you mean? I am a famous person! But seriously, the royal family uses my books and mentions them. We have mutual friends. I guess that’s one degree of separation. But I hate dropping names. So I won't say which royal family!   What's the history of your name? My dad researched our name. It turns out, the biddulphs were vikings. But I like to think they were gentle Vikings. They would crunch onto the shingle in their longboats and rush ashore and give parenting seminars.Any unusual hobbies? My wife. Well actually she has the unusual hobby. We raise wombat orphan babies, which takes two years with each one, and release them in the wilderness. In Tasmania where I live, there is still some wilderness, and we fight to keep it free. Baby wombats bring some wild nature into our homes and they are food for our souls. They do, however, eat furniture.  Know any good jokes? My father actually told me this, and we like to remember him by retelling it, “What did your father do before he died? Answer: “He went AAAARRRGHHHH!”  What was the first book you can remember reading? Reading? Or eating? I ate The Little Red Engine. First I read Homer’s Odyssey. No kidding. I was a bit ahead of my age. I also had stayed clear of books after that eating episode.   If you had to boil your book’s message down to just a couple sentences, what would it be? Boys need to be loved. They must be exercised every day. They absolutely must cook. At the age of nine, a boy’s attention span overtakes that of a border collie. So start them cooking family meals right then. Teach them how to safely handle a sharp knife, and boiling water (the most dangerous thing in the house). Get them started! 

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition     vi
What Is It with Boys?     1
The Three Stages of Boyhood     9
Testosterone!     46
How Boys' and Girls' Brains Differ     62
What Dads Can Do     78
Mothers and Sons     103
Developing a Healthy Sexuality     128
A Revolution in Schooling     149
Boys and Sports     179
A Community Challenge     191
Some Notes on ADHD in Boys     197
How to Tell if a School Is a Good One for Boys     200
Acknowledgments     204
Notes     206
Index     214
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Very informative and eye-opening

    I have found this book to be completely eye-opening. Both to answers I think we all ask about some mens behavior, to my growing sons behavior. Im glad I found and read this book..I know I will be going back to this book over the years to remind myself of what I can do to better mother my son into a good man, husband, and father. One amazing point for me was the tradition of a native american tribe to send young men out and then not talk to their mother for 2 years. As extreme and odd as it seems to us the point it brings up is huge and important problem our young men have.

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