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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons- Review

{Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons- Review}

Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of self-help or parenting books, I find them generally boring and I usually lose interest pretty fast.  However, this book was different!

The author Meg (Margaret) Meeker M.D. has a definite way with words and finds a way to draw readers in from the first page to the last. She has spent more than 20 years in pediatric and adolescent medicine. She has written six bestselling books. She is also a public speaker on child and teen issues and is often in the spotlight on television and radio shows.

This book called out to me from the shelves; like I said before these kinds of books are not really my “thing” but I read the back cover and thought I would give it a shot. I am so glad that I did, this is one of the best books that I have ever read, and especially when it comes to learning about raising boys and with two of them I can use all the help I can get!

{Product Description- by}
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 are 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 important

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

 {My Opinion}
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a son, it was so helpful for me that I even asked Jason to read it; he did and he really thought it was great too. It really helped me to realize that my boys are just that; boys! The stuff that they do is normal but more than that, without that stuff they can't grow into the men that I hope they will be someday and that was a great revelation to me!

She has a book about raising girls called Strong Fathers, Strong daughters just in case you don’t have a son but you think a book like this could be helpful for you.
Meg Meeker has also written several mommy help books that I intend to check out, I will be sure to update you about what I think of them.

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Do you have a favorite parenting book?

The opinions in this review are my own, I was not paid or provided with any products for this review. 

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At February 27, 2011 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Emerald Meadow said...

Thanks for the review. I have a VERY energetic and rambunctious (sp?) son. So, I am going to go get this book. (I might even give it to his teacher this year, and his teacher next year.) :)

Cherie @ Finding My Way

At February 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

That is how Moose is; crazy, off the wall hyper. This book really helped me, I will be reviewing another book that helped me soon too so check back!

At February 27, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Blogger Veronica Lee said...

Sounds like a great book to read. I have two very active boys and I desperately need to know the 7 secrets!!

Hi! I'm a new follower of your very lovely blog.
Have a nice day!

At February 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post. I have a 11 month boy and I will look into this book. Also I'm following you back from Christin's Photos & Mommy & Wife

At February 27, 2011 at 11:20 AM , Blogger Frazzled Mama said...

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At February 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM , Anonymous Leila said...

I have a son and think I will check this book out too, glad I hopped into you and will be checking out more or your great blog.

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At February 27, 2011 at 1:08 PM , Blogger Morgan said...

I will most definitely be forwarding this over to my sister who has a 2 1/2year old little guy! Thanks for sharing this! happy sunday

At February 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM , Blogger nicole@ said...

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At February 27, 2011 at 1:40 PM , Blogger Katie Hurley, LCSW said...

I've been meaning to check out that book. Next on the list! Thanks so much for following Practical Parenting...following back :)


At February 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Amanda Kay said...

Thanks for stopping by Organic Homemaking today! I am your newest follower. Look forward to reading more from your blog!

At February 27, 2011 at 2:31 PM , Blogger Our Banana Moments said...

I love the name of your blog!


Thanks for the follow!

At February 27, 2011 at 2:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate this recommendation so much, as my own little man keeps me guessing most of the time. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Yours is wonderful!

At February 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM , Blogger Sherree said...

I am always on the outlook for a good book, especially on girls. I was not blessed with sons, but I do have two wonderfrul son-in-laws. We have four daughters. The last two are our first grand-daughters that we adopted when they were born. And believe me, they are so different from the first two. We do have a young man that had dated our daughter living with us now( or should say in the apartment that my mother-in-law lived in, it is just across the sunroon) and I have loved having hime here. He has no family here and we are trying to help him turn his life around and finish school. Wow, boys are certainly different that girls. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog.

At February 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Valerie @ My-2-cents said...

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At February 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM , Blogger Nancy said...

I'm a new follower from the Sunday Blog Hop.
Boys are certainly a handful. I have only one, but he keeps me on my toes as if I had 10.
Pls stop by and visit:

At February 27, 2011 at 9:35 PM , Blogger Self Care Girl said...

My son is grown and starting out on his own...I thought this time would be easy but it isn't, it is actually quite nerve-wracking!

I agree whole-heartedly: boys need clear rules and boundaries and lots of time outdoors to wear themselves out. Right now I just need to trust I have instilled good values in him and make sure he knows we are here and we love him. The rest is just letting go and letting God.

Glad to find your site-
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At February 27, 2011 at 9:51 PM , Blogger Kenna said...

Thanks for following me! Following you back!

At February 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM , Blogger ...with ♥, SB said...

wow, this sounds like a great resource.. thank you for the review.

At February 28, 2011 at 10:37 AM , Anonymous Jacqueline said...

I really like your review of this book. I don't like parenting books either (but maybe because I have my own very opinionated views) but the views expressed are pretty up my alley. What a blessing it is for you to have found it and reviewed it. Great blog.


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