Raising boys can be quite a challenge, and completely different from raising girls. Parents of boys can often feel lost, overwhelmed, and totally unsure of what to do. Luckily there are several great books on the market that focus solely on the task of raising boys. Here are four of my favorite books on the subject of raising boys.
How to Raise a Gentleman by Kay West
Written by Kay West, How to Raise a Gentleman is not so much a book for parenting boys as it is a book that offers parents advice on equipping their sons with the life skills needed to be a gentleman. It is a pocket-sized book that is easy to read, and offers personal stories from parents of boys.
The Wonder of Boys by Michael Gurian
Written by Michael Gurian who is a family therapist The Wonder of Boys is a highly recommended must read for parents of boys.
The Wonder of Boys deals offers parenting advice that includes providing your children with strong male role models, and having them participate in predominately male activities.
In this book Michael Gurian asserts the idea of the “testosterone driven neurological needs” of boys as well as how parents should develop and handle those needs. If you do not believe in the gender differences of boys and girls or the “testosterone driven neurological needs” of boys than this may not be the book for you on the topic of raising boys.
What He Must Be if He Wants to Marry My Daughter by Voddie T. Baucham Jr.
What He Must be if He Wants to Marry My Daughter is written by Voddie T. Baucham, Jr., and is written from a Christian perspective.
Although it is written primarily for fathers of daughters What He Must Be if He Wants to Marry My Daughter to help determine the type of man a daughter should marry, it is also a great reference for parents of boys to help them determine the characteristics and traits their boys need to develop. The book also discusses how to raise your sons to be prepared to lead their own families.
Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys written by Stephen James and David S. Thomas
Written by Stephen James and David S. Thomas Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys is a practical book on parenting boys.
Full of humor, and personal stories Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys discusses common characteristics of boys at different ages as well as advice on how to deal with them. Not only is the advice given in the book practical but it is also timely as it deals with issues such social media websites such as My Space. This book will definitely appeal to those who prescribe to Attachment Parenting techniques.