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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (633 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meg Meeker Narrator: Pam Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781455190119
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In Boys Should Be Boys, one of our most trusted authorities helps parents restore the delights of boyhood and enable today’s boys to become the mature, confident, and thoughtful men of tomorrow. Boys will always be boys—rambunctious, adventurous, and curious, climbing trees, building forts, playing tackle football, and pushing their growing bodies to the limit as part of the rite of passage into manhood. But today our sons face an increasingly hostile world that doesn’t value the high-spirited, magical nature of boys. In a collective call to let our boys be boys, Dr. Meg Meeker explores the secrets to boyhood, including

–why rules and boundaries are crucial—and why boys feel lost without them

–how the great outdoors is still the best playground, offering the sense of adventure that only Mother Nature can provide

–the essential ways to preserve a boy’s innocence—and help him grow up

–the pitfalls moms and dads face when talking to their sons

–why moody and rebellious boys are not normal—and how to address such behavior

–how and when the “big” questions in life should be discussed: why he is here, what his purpose is, and why he is important

Parents are blessed with intuition and heart, but raising sons is a daunting responsibility. This uplifting guide makes the job a little easier.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you want to raise a boy you’ll be proud of, read Boys Should Be Boys.”

    Dave Ramsey

  • “Pam Ward reads this illuminating guide with gravitas. Her performance works…to drive home the point that boys need careful parenting to become functional, integrated, and fulfilled men…These helpful insights are nuanced and arresting, especially when compared to popular views that oversimplify and demonize boys. This is a comprehensive and intelligent resource for parents who feel insecure about their sons, their parenting, or both.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Lewis | 2/20/2014

    " Good inspiration for evaluating your parenting style with your son... support for doing a lot of things you probably are already doing. But a lot of fluff and not a lot of meat for a self-improvement type of book. And Meeker is obviously very conservative - I agree with much that she says, but not everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 2/8/2014

    " I really did enjoy this book and I highly recommend it to mother of boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/18/2014

    " This book contained quite a bit of insight and practical advice. There were a few chapters in the middle that I felt I could have skipped over but there were just as many chapters that I felt I should read again and again. It's always good to have a reminder of my true role as a parent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/13/2014

    " Great book for anyone raising boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 1/4/2014

    " Surely this book holds the world record for typos... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/30/2013

    " Great insight for raising boys today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/29/2013

    " I got this book from the library for personal reasons but I found that a lot of the information is pertinent to the students with whom I work every day. I would've given this book 2.5 stars if possible, simply because I didn't like the propaganda-like section about how important it is to bring God into boys' lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Hallmark | 12/23/2013

    " This was a great resource for our Moms4Sons support/study group. Dr. Meeker covered every topic with such wisdom and applicable suggestions. This is a book that will stay on my table, ready to pick up and review at a moment's notice. Very well done indeed!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirei | 12/20/2013

    " This is very conservative, but that is not why I gave it two stars. I just think not all the information in this book is reliable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane Burgel | 12/18/2013

    " This was a pretty good book. Not a ton of groundbreaking info but it really reinforces the idea that spending time with your son is the most important thing. Also many good points about how to talk to him and interact with him in the best ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanita | 12/14/2013

    " A great book that gave me some ideas and different perspectives as well as validated some of my feelings as a mother of sons. It made me very grateful to be a part of a church that naturally teaches a lot of these values. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 12/4/2013

    " I did not enjoy the narrator's cadence, but the book was still a good reminder of parental responsibilities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 11/24/2013

    " I think anyone who has a boy - young or old - should read this book. It is amazing and Meeker has such a great perspective about some of the biggest dangers to a boy's healthy experience in life and the best things in life to help him grow into a man. I love it, and will be owning it soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 11/14/2013

    " Loving it so far! A must read for all mothers with boys. Got it on my kindle so I can reference it when needed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staci | 7/25/2013

    " Excellent book. A must read for parents of boys. Great research and professional opinions in line with the gospel. Is the author a member of the church? Not sure. At any rate, READ IT and be enlightened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie J K | 5/22/2013

    " A must read for anyone with boys or dealing with boys. It has excellent advice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mckaye | 1/28/2013

    " Loved this book! It emphasized everything I already believe, and gave me some wonderful ideas as well! I would recommend this to anyone who has boys! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Warner | 1/17/2013

    " Along with "Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters," this book is a must-read for parents to would-be parents (I'm in the latter). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 12/10/2012

    " I thought this book had a lot of good points and behavior examples. It has helped me to relax a bit over my son's behavior. The explanations of why boys act as they do in specific situations was very helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 10/15/2012

    " This book was incredible. It really opened up my eyes and just reassured me that no, I'm not the only one that is "bucking the system" the way that we are striving to raise our boys. I highly recommend this one to anyone who has a son of any age. You'll have to let me know what you think.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 8/26/2012

    " Thought it had some good information on raising boys to be men. A lot of it I already know and understand but it is always a great reminder and push to teach my son to grow up to be a man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 6/2/2012

    " Some really good information. Even if you don't have boys, I think the information applies to girls as well, parenting in general, and understanding your spouse. Boys are great, we just have to remember that with all the craziness they bring too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/21/2012

    " An excellent read on how boys are wired and what we should do differently for the best success in making men out of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly Hyde | 6/26/2011

    " I felt like the bulk of the information was pretty self-explanatory. Spend time with your boys, teach them values, don't let them waste their time playing video games... I agree with what was being said but felt I gained no new insights by reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 5/20/2011

    " The first half was far more useful than the last half. Much of the book was common sense, but there were some good things in there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherryl | 5/1/2011

    " This book did not have earth shattering information, but rather made me step back and take a look to see if I was taking a very important (but almost common sense) approach to rasing my son. I do believe that most of the information presented could really make a difference in a boys life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/17/2011

    " Worth reading. Good parenting advice that goes against many current trends while remaining mindful of modern dilemmas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/3/2011

    " An excellent read on how boys are wired and what we should do differently for the best success in making men out of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 2/26/2011

    " A must read for anyone with boys or dealing with boys. It has excellent advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 2/1/2011

    " I did not enjoy the narrator's cadence, but the book was still a good reminder of parental responsibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/12/2011

    " Some really good information. Even if you don't have boys, I think the information applies to girls as well, parenting in general, and understanding your spouse. Boys are great, we just have to remember that with all the craziness they bring too.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 12/6/2010

    " I'm actually listening to this book and it is great. I loved Meeker's book on girls and this book about boys is just as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staci | 11/15/2010

    " Excellent book. A must read for parents of boys. Great research and professional opinions in line with the gospel. Is the author a member of the church? Not sure. At any rate, READ IT and be enlightened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 10/28/2010

    " Definitely some good points, but not all are specific to boys. Good reminders. Main points: spend time with our kids (don't shuffle them off to tv, video games, music) & talk and LISTEN to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 9/8/2010

    " This is really informative. Every parent or teacher of boys should read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherryl | 9/6/2010

    " This book did not have earth shattering information, but rather made me step back and take a look to see if I was taking a very important (but almost common sense) approach to rasing my son. I do believe that most of the information presented could really make a difference in a boys life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 8/30/2010

    " Great common sense advice to raising boys. Her biggest point thru out the book is boys don't need more T.V., movies, video games, or even friends. They need more time with parents who know and love them. It was a good one and I recommend it to all moms of boys! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/29/2010

    " A good book to read when your son is school age. About how boys need activity and attention, especially from fathers. "

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About the Author

Meg Meeker, MD, has spent more than thirty years practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine and counseling teens and parents. She is a fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Advisory Board of the Medical Institute. A popular speaker and author, she works with the NFL Fatherhood Initiative and is a co-host of Dr. James Dobson’s program Family Talk.

About the Narrator

Pam Ward found her true calling reading books for the blind and physically handicapped for the Library of Congress’ Talking Books program. The fact that she can work with Blackstone Audio from the beauty of the mountains of Southern Oregon is an unexpected bonus. She has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.