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Book Review: Bringing up Boys

If you are raising a son, run and get this book. I checked it out from the library, but will be purchasing it as soon as I can afford it!

Now, truth be told, many of you may not agree with James Dobson on anything. He is a very polarizing religious leader, and I get that. Just because I happen to agree with about 98% of what he says isn’t important! What is important is the information – the facts backed up by research – contained in this book.

Having taught middle school for almost seven years, I can personally attest to the fact that society doesn’t think boys should be boys. Boys should act like girls: quiet, polite, reserved and quick to obey. Now, while not all girls fit that mold, certainly, many do. In fact, with my students, it was true. Boys, on the other hand, like to run and play and make guns out of sticks and pencils. Again, true with my students.

Dobson explains why this culture is doing significant damage to the male population. He also covers media. When was the last time you saw a TV show where the husband was portrayed as an honorable hard-working monogamous man? Really! I’d like to know! Instead, husbands are portrayed as doofuses, philanderers, liars and idiots. My husband is none of those things. But will my son want to emulate my husband or the dozens of “role models” he sees on television someday?

He also discusses how damaging pornography is. If nothing else, go to a bookstore and read the one chapter dedicated to that topic. You’ll change the way you are raising your sons!

This is a wonderful resource for parents (single and married) raising sons. I want my son to be a warrior in his generation. I want him to love God, love people, be respectful and hardworking. That won’t happen by accident. My husband and I have to commit – daily – to raising him to be that man. Dobson gives very good direction on just how to do that!

Bringing up Boys: Practical Advice and Encouragement for those Shaping the Next Generation of Men
Dr. James Dobson
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishing, 2001

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