Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Raising Boys by Design - Non-Fiction, Parenting

Raising Boys by Design
By Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, Michael Gurian, Ann McMurray

Raising Boys by Design is a book filled with research and real-life experience in raising boys.  The authors have thoroughly studied the ins and outs of boys from birth to manhood and everything in between.  The book explores gender differences as well.  Parental roles are explained and parents are given insight on how to better help their boys develop what they need for success in each stage of life.  Advice for divorced, separate, and single parents is also considered.  With a foundation on Biblical principles and a practical approach to parenting boys, Raising Boys by Design is an excellent resource for every boy-parent.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I gained many insights into raising my 2 boys, as well as some practical suggestions for dealing with their “boyness”.  Raising my boys God’s way is the most important thing for me, and the book consistently addressed the Biblical standpoint on nurturing them.  I really appreciated the information on how boys deal with anger, and suggestions for helping them work through it without me just getting angry with them. I understand better how they process things.  I also enjoyed the chapters that dealt with parenting roles.  Its nice to know that some of the things I do with my boys are what I should be doing; as well as some things I can improve in teaching them.  The most distracting element of the book was the constant need to tell the reader which author was writing what section.  I really felt like I could understand the book just as well without knowing who was writing the section.  The writing flowed so well together that the author notations were unnecessary.  Overall, I give this book an A – good resource for boy-moms and dads. 

I received this book for free from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.

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