Steve Biddulph is one of the few superstars of parenting – his books are bestsellers in the UK, the land of his birth, Australia where he lives, and all over the rest of the world
Raising Boys, first published in 1997, is subtitled ‘Why boys are different - and how to help them become happy and well balanced men’ and so it begins with a look at how boys grow up, from early childhood with their mothers, through the ages of 6 to 13 when they look to their father to be a role model and beyond as they move out into the world.
The book is aimed at a wide range of people who may come into contact with our sons – mothers and fathers, teachers and coaches, carers and educators.
The book is not a biological explanation of the differences between boys and girls, but a cultural examination of how the way that we bring boys up creates the men that they become.
The book answers the questions that parents want to know about bringing up their sons: How can we teach our boys to be both confident and kind? What is the influence of testosterone, and how is a boy's brain different from a girl's? What does a father provide and how do boys get that from a single mother? How can boys learn a caring attitude toward sex? Athletics—do they encourage the right values in our boys?
This book answers those questions with common sense and humour from a man with experience as a father of boys, a teacher, and as a family therapist. The book is full of real life examples from both his own experience and from educational research and is written in his usual friendly, gently humorous style, with entertaining cartoons and illustrations.
As ever Steve Biddulph’s book is eminently readable, entertaining, and is a valuable addition to the bookshelves any parent of boys.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.