Title: The Wonder of Boys: What Parents, Mentors ...
Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Collectible-Good+
Dust Jacket Condition: Good+
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Printing
First Printing. Collectible - flat-signed by author on half-title page. Light bumping and chipping along book covers, chipping and rubbing along DJ covers. Good+ condition. Clean pages. Light shelfwear, creasing on covers. Binding intact. Good+ books may have bumped corners. Good+ condition Dust Jacket Included. DJ has light shelfwear, rubbing. (LL41). Bookseller Inventory # 100134083
Synopsis: With the lack of stable traditional families, shifting values, the lure of gangs, the loss of positive male role models, and the widespread depiction of irresponsible sexuality, it has become increasingly difficult for parents to manage the healthy upbringing of young men. Gurian explains what a boy really needs and advises parents, mentors and educators on how to satisfy a boy's desire for his own sense of tribe and initiation into healthy, structured competition, discipline and work.
Review: In the thoughtful and provocative The Wonder of Boys: What Parents, Mentors, and Educators Can Do to Shape Boys into Exceptional Men, therapist and educator Michael Gurian takes a close look at modern boyhood. Gurian asserts that the biological and neurological differences between boys and girls need to be accounted for and nourished in order to raise healthy, happy boys. In discussing boy culture--and the roles of competition, aggression, and physical risk taking--the author concludes, "It's not boy culture that's inherently flawed; it's the way we manage it." If the natural, testosterone-based impulses of boys are squelched or ignored, Gurian posits, such biological truths may find their way to the surface in other, more negative behaviors. He suggests that boys do best when they are part of a "tribe," three families that include: a birth or adoptive family; an extended family of friends, teachers, peers, and mentors; and the "family" of outside culture, media, religious institutions, and community figures. The Wonder of Boys offers advice on how to understand and build strong father/son and mother/son relationships, stresses the importance of healthy discipline, and suggests methods of teaching boys about sex, relationships, and spirituality. Parents and teachers of boys will find this book to be an insightful read. --Ericka Lutz
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