Review: Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph
Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph is a million copy worldwide bestseller. Wow, that’s huge!
When I saw a fellow home educator reading this book, I was intrigued. I knew I needed to read this book, I have five to boys to raise. Reading the author bio was enough for me to know, I would be learning loads.
Steve Biddulph is one of the worlds best-known psychologists. He has campaigned for better lives for parents and kids for 30 years. He has authored a couple other books, Raising Girls and Secrets of Happy Children and Manhood. These books are written to give parents purpose and confidence in their own judgement through humour.
This is an easy read, packed with loads of information. It’s one of those books you’ll come back to again and again. I admire the authors knowledge and passion to help and serve families, I really do. The whole book made so much sense and I could see where he was going with everything. There was one bit, that clashed with my faith, I still read it as it’s good to know. I’m open to learning.
He talked about the three stages of boyhood and what goes on with a boys mind at each age. Its brilliant because it aligned with a belief in my own faith.
The chapter I took the most from and can see myself reading over and over again is chapter three, testosterone! Who would of thought testosterone could do so much to boys! To be honest, I knew very little about it in the first place. Lots of things clicked in for me, looking at my boys and their behaviours. It’s also great to know how it might affect them later on too, like when they’re teens.
Why boys are different — and how to help them become happy and well-balanced men.
I like the way the author added personal touches by cornering off little bits throughout. There was stories from the heart, where he tells a story related to the topic he’s talking about. In a nutshell, he summarises the chapter and lastly, Practical help where he offers his help!
There’s also these small illustrations, scattered throughout that’ll make you giggle. The author has a great sense of humour, making this read enjoyable.
If you have a boy and want to understand him better, this is the book for you!