Books on Raising Wild Things – I Mean, Boys
I really enjoy reading parenting books. I think this stems from a) a love of reading and b) a love of learning. I know that before long I am going to be reading a lot of books that specifically deal with raising boys (right now I am just reading a lot of baby development books).
A friend of Matthew’s and mine, Stephen James and his friend David Thomas recently wrote a book called Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. Though it is geared toward parents of boys a bit older than Elias through the teenage years, I think it shares a lot of practical wisdom, with a Christian foundation. It breaks out the different stages boys go through (The Explorer, The Lover, etc.), the mind of a boy and the heart of a boy. The book also has a Hot Topics section like dating, ADHD and pornography.
I love this from the introduction:
One of the ways this book may be different from other books about boys is that we approach the material with teachers’ hearts. We don’t offer a black-and-white list of dos and don’ts for rearing boys; instead, we create a framework that will help you engage, guide and walk with the oy you love throughout his life. Nurturing boys is far too complex to be boiled down to a bullet list of dos and don’ts. It’s much more personal, individualized and artistic.
Though I am not too far into the book yet, I can tell I am going to really like it and wanted to share it with those of you who have boys or have friends who have boys. I always thought I would be a mommy of girls (I get
girls), so I am sure parenting Elias will be even more of an adventure for me. I know that since God blessed my life with Elias, He clearly knows that I was meant to be a mommy of at least one boy.
Do you recommend any specific books about raising boys?
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