Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review: Boys Should Be Boys

Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons
By Meg Meeker, M.D.



Summary:

In this book you will learn how to raise healthy and happy boys—boys who are honest, courageous, humble, meek (in the sense of willingly withholding their power), and kind. There are secrets to raising such boys. Among these secrets are the big seven. I can mention them in passing here, but we’ll look at what they mean and how to use them in the chapters that follow.
  1. Know how to encourage your son.
  2. Understand what your boys need. It’s not another computer game; it’s you.
  3. Recognize that boys were made for the outdoors.
  4. Remember that boys need rules.
  5. Acknowledge that virtue is not just for girls. A healthy boy strives after virtues like integrity and self-control.
  6. Learn how to teach your son about the big questions in life.
  7. Remember, always, that the most important person in your son’s life is you.
Being a parent can often seem a daunting task. But, I’m here to tell you that almost every parent has what it takes to raise healthy sons. You have the intuition, the heart, and, yes, the responsibility to change the life of your son for the better. This book is a step toward showing you how.
Why I liked it:
It is an easy read and her stories are often pretty funny.  She has an entire chapter in support of God in boys' lives.  She seems to have a very authentic, real life perspective on how easy it is to get caught up in other things, but finds a way to remind you exactly why it doesn't have to be that way.  I highly recommend this book and will likely read it a several times before Jude is grown.
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