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With so much confusion about the role of men in our society, it's no wonder so many parents and teachers are at a loss about how to bring up boys. Our culture has vilified masculinity, and as a result boys are suffering. Parents, teachers, and others involved in shaping the character of boys have many questions. In Bringing Up Boys, Dr. James Dobson, America's most trusted authority on family issues, tackles these questions and offers advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles. Bringing Up Boys is a must-read book for parents, teachers, social workers, youth leaders, and counselors--anyone involved in the challenge of turning boys into good men.

©2001 James Dobson, Inc. (P)2001 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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Interesting but bigoted

Although the author mentions some good points. Most of the book is from a religious Christian perspective. Which clearly is fundamentalist and discriminatory. Yes there are bad homosexuals, but then there are also bad christians too. The perspective seems narrow and really only applicable to a Christian perspective. If you want a deeper more heart cantered perspective look elsewhere.

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  • Janet Cleary
  • 15-09-15

Great book

Having an energetic young boy, this books helped me see how wonderfully normal he is despite what others say! We have held our ground to not squash our son's beautiful spirit that will make him a successful and healthy man someday! Definitely read this book if you have a boy who began climbing the furniture as soon as he could walk!!

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  • terrique
  • 19-05-15

Helpful

As always, another excellent book by Dr. Dobson. Sent a copy to my daughter. Bringing up my grandson.

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  • Anthony B. Hochstetler
  • 03-07-16

I would highly recommend this to ALL fathers

I would highly recommend this book to All fathers and mothers. Very very helpful for me as a new father

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-16

Good advice

This book is full of great and practical advice. So often we think we are doing our kids a favour by giving in to certain things, when in reality we are making the wrong decision. I wish I had read this book ten years ago; however, I can still use many of these principles now in my pre-teen.
Great book that opened my eyes to so many things! Thank-you Dr. Dobson!

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  • Brett
  • 16-05-15

Great knowledgeable resource

I enjoyed learning about raising children in today's society and found myself applying this knowledge immediately in life and in my classroom.

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  • Olga Shibiko
  • 26-03-18

Misrepresented disappointment

What disappointed you about Bringing Up Boys?

I am not entirely sure how to rate this book. I have managed to finish 1.5 chapters and made a difficult decision not to continue.
I read parenting books when a problem arises and I am not quiet sure how to handle it. For instance when my kids weren't sleeping i got 'healthy sleeping habits', when i had some toddler issues i read '1-2-3' and 'how to talk so kids listen', when my girl started pushing me away i read 'untangled' . I started looking for a book on raising boys when my 9 year old started acting out in school, his discipline plummeted and he lies lies lies. After exhausting my ideas of the cause of the 'problem' and googling about I decided that I need more guidance from the child psychology community. My choice was between this book and the Raising Boys. I failed to check out goodreads reviews and it's actually very helpful description, which in retrospect would give me a good idea of whats in store. I relied on Amazon reviews and Audible description which tells nothing of the evangelical nature of this book and the reviews which failed to reflect it's shortcomings. Amazon reviews raved about Dobson and his no nonsense traditional approach. Amazon reviews on the Raising Boys were less stellar blaming the author for pseudo science, over cuddling and other sins. I believe that girls and boys are somewhat different in how they enter and deal with adolescence and my parenting approach is traditional and disciplinarian within reason so the reviews of the Bringing up Boys appealed to me.

Mr Dobson begins by telling us that the culture is at war with the family. This choice of words irked me, but I decided to continue. He followed it with an opinion that despite what the society tells us now previous generations always knew intuitively that boys are different from girls.
When right after he described the parental goals which included honesty, hard work, loyalty (to spouse) among others I decided to continue. I am fairly comfortable with evangelical Christians even if their ultimate parental goal is to instill life passion for Jesus Christ and I like to think I keep an open mind.
That was first chapter which also included lots of examples on how the boys are trying to kill themselves.
The second chapter begins with a cute list from a Christian girl who lists all the ways girls are 'more better' than boys which came with reassurance that the author was never accused of being PC and a letter from a mother who disagrees with this list. Then he sites a response from the boys side how all the boys are 'more better' than girls. "Also cute. Also pointless. He's preaching to the choir." i thought. or was it pointless. Dobson spends all this time on children's letters to bring us to this point 'even a child can see that the boys and girls are different. Unfortunately what is obvious to most children and adults became an object of heated controversy in the years of 1970 when a goofy new idea took root. A small but noisy band of feminists began insisting that the genders were identical except for the reproductive operatus..."

This is where my patience has run out. I always seek out alternative views to my believes and I do think that there's an overreach in certain areas during certain periods of time. I understand that mistakes will be made in social sciences given the complexity of the subject and there's always new evidence where these views will be challenged and perhaps changed. This takes time and effort. What I don't appreciate is the moralizing, politicizing, and lack of factual support.

The narrator Wayne Shepherd does not help matters. I tried placing his tone from the very beginning and all I could think of is a teacher I once had who was known to hold opinions and believes and would not under any circumstance admit that a student might hold better or correct opinion. If he couldn't rationalize it he always resorted to 'certain wisdom's become understandable only with age, therefore discussing it with a student is always futile (but I like to amuse myself). The tone of an amused arrogance.

I made a decision to stop when I saw that I will be wasting a bit too much of my precious time trying to find agreement or respect for the narrative and the uncertainty if I will ever get any advice on the issues i'm seeking answers to other than prayer.

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He quotes Plato "of all animals a boy is the most unmanageable" or is it "From all wild beasts, a Child is the most difficult to handle"

Has Bringing Up Boys turned you off from other books in this genre?

NO

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wayne Shepherd?

I don't think the narrative can be helped.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bringing Up Boys?

Too many anecdotal examples.

Any additional comments?

I would advise on a change of tone.

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  • Heather D
  • 20-03-18

Great book for parents of boys!

When parenting feels like a battle this book will nourish your spirits and give you the strength to keep fighting the good fight. As a mother there are very important things to think about when raising boys and the challenges they face to become a Godly man. This book is enlightening.

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  • A. Brodie
  • 04-02-18

Thank God it’s not too late

I ordered the hard copy of this book several years ago. But never read it due to the business of life until, in a desperate moment of panic I realized as a single parent with 4 boys I was unprepared to handle this stage of their lives. Not knowing where to turn, I cried out to God. I remembered that I had Bringing Up Boys by Dr. Dobson and quickly pulled it off the shelf. But where would I find the time. I work full time to include one weekend a month, the kids and the house keep me running. But just a week ago, a dear friend of mine suggested audiobooks. What a Godsend!!! I was able to get thru this book in 4 days and I even listened to some chapters more than once. Although some of what Dr. Dobson said was painful and often frightening it was right on point and I realized that if I don’t stand up and fight for my children the results will be devastating. I believe this book is not only for parents of boys but everyone should read it. What our society has intended for our youth is heartbreaking and the enemy is coming for them full force. Parents need this information and the rest of the population can benefit greatly from what Dr. Dobson has to say about our children’s growth, how to understand, and support healthy upbringing in our youth after all, parents are not the only ones who interact with children. I’m just saying this amazing and timeless book is for everyone. Thank you Dr. Dobson and focus on the family.
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  • Olga
  • 03-02-18

AWESOME! I listen to it all the way through!

a must-read to anyone raising up a boy in this world. I will definitely be listening to it again very soon!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-18

i loved this book! very good book for all parents

this was a very great book! i plan to listen to it again and again