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Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

by Stephen James

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This book is fine- it does have some good advice but from what I've read, the majority of it applies equally to parenting girls or boys. I will pick it up again when my sons are older to see if it is more helpful at that time. ( )
  julierh | Apr 7, 2013 |
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"Wild Things" is a fabulous manual for rearing boys. Authors James and Thomas first explain the fives stages of a boy's development, and then detail how parents can help their sons grown through these stages to become strong, confident, capable men. Each section is replete with examples of how a boy may act in each stage as well as with suggestions for helping deal with some of the issues that may arise. The authors do not shy away from the tougher issues of pornography, drugs, homosexuality, depression, learning disabilities, and other issues that may arise during the growing up years. They offer both good advice and practical tips for dealing with each issue.

Of particular importance, they deal with the necessity of teaching boys to appropriately identify and express their emotions, as well as ensuring that teachings and reassurance of the parent's committed love for the boy reaches the child's heart. They offer specific insights into the crucial relationships between a boy and his mother and between a boy and his father, as well as strategies for maximizing and strengthening each relationship.

"Wild Things" celebrates all that makes boys special and unique. It presents adults with insights into what motivates and moves boys, and it provides practical, well-researched advice for helping boys grow into strong, stable, capable men. ( )
  Editormum | Oct 6, 2012 |
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Overall, an excellent primer on raising boys. I have two of them, 12 and 3 and I have already found some helpful stuff from this book. It has also helped my wife to better understand how our boys (and males, in general) think. ( )
  l4ou | Nov 23, 2009 |
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This isn't one of those books that you sit down and read cover to cover, it's a reference manual that you find yourself going back to every few months.

I've found it useful not only in dealing with my 3-year-old son, but also with my husband, similar to the book "You Just Don't Understand" which is about the different ways men and women see things. ( )
  bigdee | Oct 8, 2009 |
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Note: This book is by Christian authors from a Christian perspective; however, it is good enough overall to overlook such references if you're not Christian.

I have a girl and a boy and there's no doubt that there is a marked difference between the sexes. This book has helped me understand the mind of my boy; how he thinks and why his brain follows thought processes that sometimes seem to be so so impulsive and random to me at times.

James and Thomas break a boy's path from baby to adult into 5 stages. Then they break each stage of development into parts: The Way of a Boy, The Mind of a Boy, and The Heart of a Boy. Specific examples are given for situations you will encounter in each stage, followed by suggestions for responses that help boys understand themselves as well as guiding them towards behaviors that will aid them into becoming the young men we, as parents, hope they will. Finally, each chapter ends with a section on putting everything discussed into practice with your particular boy in your particular case.

This book will help the parent of any boy celebrate their sons and their unique qualities instead of being frustrated by it!
  ktoonen | Jul 21, 2009 |
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Playing off the themes in the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book Where the Wild Things Are, this informative, practical, and encouraging guide will help parents guide boys down the path to healthy and authentic manhood. Wild Things addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a boy. --from publisher description… (more)

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