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Preface to the Third Edition
Chapter one: What Is It with Boys?
Chapter two: The Three Stages of Boyhood
Chapter three: Testosterone!
Chapter four: How Boys’ and Girls’ Brains Differ
Chapter five: What Dads Can Do
Chapter six: Mothers and Sons
Chapter seven: Developing a Healthy Sexuality
Chapter eight: A Revolution in Schooling
Chapter nine: Boys and Sports
Chapter ten: A Community Challenge
Appendix A: Practical Notes on ADHD in Boys
Appendix B: How to Tell Whether a School
Is a Good One for Boys
Posted May 28, 2014
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review.
As I started this book I really liked it and it had a much higher star rating; close to the end, it took a twist that I wasn't expecting and lost stars. I am only giving it two stars because while I don't like the book and wouldn't recommend it to any of my friends, I do feel like the author had some valid points and insights.
What I agreed with:
The author maintains that there are three stages of a boys/young mans life and that their needs are met by different people during those times. I thought this made sense - it is certainly something that I see in my son as he is in primary school and I notice that he is gravitating more and more to his father rather than me. Pretty tough for this mommy to handle, but I know it is needed. I also think it is smart that teen boys have other adults to play positive roles in their lives as they move towards adulthood more.
There were other specific parts of boyhood that I agreed with. However, What I couldn't agree with:
The author spends a good deal of time addressing the sexuality of boys. This certainly needs to be addressed and there were a few - very small bits - that made some sense to me as a women (who can't fully grasp the male mind or body). I was hoping that there would be some real clarity and examples of how to talk about this topic with my son.
I was disappointed that the author took the approach he did regarding developing sexuality of boys. I had hoped that it would be a moral - yes, Christian-based - approach. However, I found nothing faith-based in this book at all. That being said, let me add that while I didn't agree with everything Biddulph proposed, it certainly made me think about what I want for my son as he matures and how I would assist in making that happen.
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