Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons

Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons

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Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons by Meg Meeker, Pam Ward

In Boys Should Be Boys, one of our most trusted authorities helps parents restore the delights of boyhood and enable today's boys to become the mature, confident, and thoughtful men of tomorrow. Boys will always be boys-rambunctious, adventurous, and curious, climbing trees, building forts, playing tackle football, and pushing their growing bodies to the limit as part of the rite of passage into manhood. But today our sons face an increasingly hostile world that doesn't value the high-spirited, magical nature of boys. In a collective call to let our boys be boys, Dr. Meg Meeker explores the secrets to boyhood, including

why rules and boundaries and crucial-and why boys feel lost without them

how the outdoors is still the best playground, offering the sense of adventure that only Mother Nature can provide

the essential ways to preserve a boy's innocence (and help him grow up)

the pitfalls moms and dads face when talking to their sons

why moody and rebellious boys are not normal-and how to address such behavior

how and when the "big" questions in life should be discussed: why he is here, what his purpose is, and why he is here, what his purpose is, and why he is important

Parents are blessed with intuition and heart, but raising sons is a daunting responsibility. This uplifting guide makes the job a little easier.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433213960
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 7
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

MEG MEEKER, M.D., has spent nearly thirty years practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine and counseling teens and parents. Dr. Meeker is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a fellow of the National Advisory Board of The Medical Institute. Dr. Meeker is a popular speaker on teen issues and is frequently heard on nationally syndicated radio and television programs. She lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan, where she shares a medical practice with her husband, Walter. They have four children.

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Boys Should Be Boys 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful! Meg is a great author. I love all of her books. Great advice for raising my sons. Loved it!
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
As a new father, I'm looking for ways to make sure that my son grows up to be a well-adjusted, confident, charitable and responsible (if he's still living with me when he's in his thirties I will have failed as a parent) man. Dr. Meeker's book "Boys Should Be Boys" is a great overview of how to accomplish just that. Filled with wonderful anecdotes, stories and principles based on her decades-long career as a pediatrician, it provides a great framework for raising boys. Meeker does a great job of addressing the unique needs of boys and how to avoid stifling their development (allowing them to embrace being a man) while establishing healthy boundaries. The primary thesis of the book seems to be that the most important requirements for raising healthy sons are just spending time with them (does not mean stressing them out with structured activities) and making sure that you are the primary influence in your son's life. A bit too preachy, but required reading if you are raising sons.
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I picked this up on a whim and made it about three chapters in before I put it in the yard sale box. I like the concept, but this particular book is more fluff, platitudes, and proselytizing than I can handle. While the writer had a nice converstational style, she lacked depth. It reminded me of my grandmother reminiscing about the good old days. I was also put off that the only "fact" presented was that religion makes boys better in every way, a notion with which I disagree on multiple levels. In short, if you want affirmation and colorful anecdotes, this is the book for you. If you want a book writen by an expert and based on research, look elsewhere.