• Boys Should Be Boys

  • By: Meg Meeker M.D.
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (608 ratings)

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Boys Should Be Boys

By: Meg Meeker M.D.
Narrated by: Pam Ward
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Publisher's Summary

What are little boys made of? It used to be frogs, snails, and puppy dog tails, but today it is MTV, ADD, and STDs. So how do parents raise their sons to be respectful and responsible young men in a toxic culture that relentlessly undermines masculine virtues such as moral strength, self-restraint, and respect for women? By letting boys be boys.

Dr. Meg Meeker, best-selling author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, follows up on her success with Boys Should Be Boys, a guide for parents on how to raise a strong son in these turbulent times. Taking listeners on a journey from boyhood to manhood, Boys Should be Boys delves into the mind, heart, and spirit of boys, showing parents how they can make a difference between the boy their son is and the man he will become.

©2008 Meg Meeker, M.D. (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Not like it was in my days

There are some good points in this book, but generally comes off as an "in my day, we used to play marbles, and bought gum drops for a penny". Some how they think because kids grow up different then they did 50 years ago it's worse. Video games are bad, hand written letters are good. The facts don't add up to what they are trying to portray as reality. Perception that this generation is the worst, is false and fabricated by the media. Because that is what sells and what older people want to hear. It's easier to accept that, then the facts.

If you want that type of book, and very conservative thinking this is the book.

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Great guide for grownups

Had I read the negative reviews, I never would have bought this book! Thankfully, I didn't do my homework.

This book is gold. My only regret is I didn't have it for the raising of my older kids as it would have saved us a lot of pain and regret. The narrator's voice is a little preachy, but inoffensive if your focus is on the content. The material is excellent. Thanks Dr. Meeker for a great resource!

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Boys Should Be Boys... Unabridged... eeegads!

Okay... great premise for book...excited to get it. ABSOLUTELY DISAPPOINTED!! First of all, wrong reader!!! is it the author!! OMG.. I feel as if I am being LECTURED by the SNL Church Lady!! Also... I beg for the abridged version... I am sooo sick of hearing story after story about Johnny and his buddies and their tree fort, etc!!! Jeez... just lay out your message and enough with the cutsey little stories that go on and on and on and on and on and... you get my drift... it is just OVER KILL!!! YOU ARE LOSING ME!!! AND I AM ONLY A THIRD OF THE WAY THROUGH THE AUDIO BOOK!!! I agree with what you are saying. I am your target audience (Mother, 45-50 yr.,teenage boy) but I can't stand your delivery!!! What was your publisher thinking????

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If you have a boy..

If you have a boy under your care you MUST read/listen to this book. I am a child of a single mother and did not learn the principles of fatherhood that Meg explains as vital to a boys growth and success in life. Highly Recommended!

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On the first glance looks OK but...

After reading it I was so convinced that all advice in that book are really good but after reading other books on behavioral science, psychology and sociology I understand now that all this book wants to achieve is to foster the old and bad habits of raising good man. I understand that the author wants to give good advice but unfortunately its not something I can recommend.

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Religion is not as important as you say it is

I like this book in general. Until they talk about religion. It is NOT critical for a child to believe in god to become a good person.

In fact, I found the boys that I grew up with who were extremely religious were judgmental, hypocritical and ostracizing. I began dating one of them, it was a great relationship, his friends all hated me because I didn't believe in god. They stopped talking to him, they put him down, they called me names. Claiming that I was constantly seen around with other guys, having sex or doing drugs. None if which was true. I worked a lot, I had 2 jobs in high school, so I could save money to go to college. These were the times I allegedly was cheating and doing drugs.

Eventually, he broke up with me, so he could get back together with his "friends". Graduation happened, college happened, and I eventually found out that that sweet, caring, thoughtful boy, had killed himself.

Religion is not critical for raising happy healthy boys.

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Storytelling Does Not Match Audience

The author uses storytelling from patient experience perspective or made-up scenarios to explain boy behavior and development. I feel the stories were unnecessarily long. The point could be described without the narratives. The storytelling tone and descriptions appear for teen or a child audience. Yet, this book is marketed for the adult parent. My only other concern with the book is the safety contradictions. I wish our world would allow for some of the physical and emotional milestones she promotes. And although the author acknowledges modern problems with sexual predators, abuse, school violence, etc., her scenarios often promote an idyllic landscape not in existence today. In general, the book provided some useful insight into how boys think and feel from her Mother/Pediatrician perspective.

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Useful and educational

Great insight. Teaches basic principles as well as new ideas and ways of approaching your children. Eye opening stats on the effects of violence, pornography, and technology on children and their minds.

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Awesome book

Loved listening to Dr Meg. She is honest and dead on! Enjoyed knowing that there are doctors out there with good old fashion values. Enjoyed listening to her stories about her patients too

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A must read for all parents of boys

An easy read that covers all the needs of boys- physical, mental. emotional and spiritual.

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  • Elpen
  • 08-23-22

Not what I was hoping for

Sadly not what I was hoping for, very outdated views. I found myself screaming NO several times before the first chapter was through and couldn’t listen to any more.

Unless you are a Deep South Trump supporter don’t waste your money

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  • Claire Wallace
  • 03-03-19

Loved this book

Such a great engaging listen, I learned a lot about my boys that’s helping me parent them more effectively.

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  • RosaandEnzo
  • 10-16-16

Great listening

I started reading the book but found it informative but to big a read to get through.

Downloaded the audible version and enjoyed it immensely and learnt quite a bit about being an effective and good father.

Great listening.