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Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons

Publisher: Ballantine Books • 2009 • 304 pages

Boyhood used to be a time of liberation and fun — of catching bullfrogs, playing tackle football, and roaming the woods — but not any more. Rambunctious, spirited boys (healthy boys) nowadays face an increasingly hostile world that doesn’t value the unique gifts of boys, that discounts their masculine virtues, and that undermines what boys need to become mature, confident, thoughtful men.

In “Boys Should Be Boys,” author and pediatrician Meg Meeker, author of the critically acclaimed Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, unlocks the secrets of what parents can do to restore some of the magic of boyhood and help their sons become the man they want him to be.

In Boys Should Be Boys, Dr. Meeker reveals:

  • Why the most important factor in shaping your son’s behavior isn’t “peer pressure” (it’s you)
  • How to preserve your son’s innocence (and why it’s essential to help him grow up)
  • Why boys need less, not more — whether it’s computer games, organized sports, or lessons
  • How to talk to your son — the pitfalls that face moms and dads
  • Why it’s not normal for teenage boys to be moody and rebellious
  • Why teaching your son about virtue isn’t an option, it’s a necessity

Full of practical advice and examples from her own medical practice of more than twenty years, Dr. Meg Meeker reminds moms and dads that there is no greater blessing — and no greater responsibility — than raising healthy, strong young men. In “Boys Should Be Boys,” she shows you how.

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