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Publisher's Summary

A word-of-mouth best seller which has become one of the best loved and most successful books in the parenting field.

Steve Biddulph's Raising Boys is to be released on audio with some startling new research on what helps - and what harms - boys. In this expanded and updated audio edition, Steve Biddulph shares and gives practical and honest advice to parents so they can recognise the different stages of boyhood and learn how to raise happy, confident and kind young men.

Boys need to be parented in a different way from girls, with their own very special psychological and physical makeup. Home, society and education have failed boys badly - and these failures lead to unhappy men who cannot fully become happy, responsible, emotionally confident adults.

While it is essential that boys spend more time learning about manhood from their fathers, Biddulph updates his classic to include helpful information for mothers and single mothers with baby boys. This extended edition explores some important topics:

  • How ADHD may be caused by stress in the first year of life
  • Whether boys should start school later than girls
  • Help for single mothers raising sons
  • How to choose a sport that does more good than harm
  • What we can do about boys and binge drinking
  • What science can tell us about teenage boys and driving - and how we can keep our sons safe

Raising Boys offers parents real-life situations, thought-provoking insights, humour and help.

©1998 Steve and Shaaron Biddulph (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"A mix of Billy Connelly and Dr Spock...Steve Biddulph is a publishing phenomenon." ( The Times)
"Steve's advice is easy to follow - and more importantly, it works." ( BBC Family Life Magazine)
"When you find a guru willing to change his mind when evidence and humanity prompt, you rejoice. For me, Steve Biddulph - one of the most popular [parenting gurus] in the world, with four million books sold - is the man." (Libby Purves, The Times)
"Biddulph...has a built-in feel good factor. Parenting books too often make one fell inadequate, but Biddulph's left me refreshed and optimistic." ( The Express)
"Packed full of pithy wisdom on what it is to move from boyhood to manhood and how to help your (not-so) little one on his way." ( The Independent)

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Good book and very informative

I really liked it, but I only wish it went more in-depth on how to over come the problems mentioned

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Very insightful!

A wealth of information about boys. Very interesting. Particularly around mentors and role models, sport, boys schools and understanding how boys differ from girls fundamentally

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Exceptional!!

This is an exceptional parenting book! An absolute must read! I think it made me want to be a better human, not just a better parent!

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Adorable & Very useful book from a great Man

The book is just amazing, excellent, useful and pleasant. It is more than useful: it is just loved. In fact, the author gives in this book a huge set of advice and tools helping the parents to rightly developp their boys and make from them fine young gentlemen..Indispensable book to enjoy fatherhood and motherhood ...strongly recommended for every father and mother...and also teacher !

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  • Mr. K. Korotko
  • 04-29-18

It's OK but opinions are presented as facts.

I generally agree with most of the book but had hard time accepting opinions presented as facts. Like for example author is saying that masturbation can be very good and healthy but only argument presented was also opinions. No stats, no scientific explanations. I have no idea if the author is correct or not about many things as he gives no proof and no data. That expectation to take his opinions as facts I find very narcissistic and worrying. Usually the most knowledgeable people I know present their knowledge while being open to a possibility that they can be wrong.

It was hard for me to trust the author and I don't like when somebody expect from me to take his opinions as fact without even backing it up with any data.

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  • Nicky
  • 09-16-20

Only for boys with a mother and a father.

A book for the heterosexual world only. Can’t get past chapter 3. Clearly I can’t raise my boys properly because there is no father in their lives.

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  • Mei YANG
  • 06-26-19

so negative, do not like it.

I have read about ten parenting books, some are good and some are not good, however I tried to listen to this book for a few time but could not carry on even for 5 minutes. Boys have boys special issues, but how come the author had so many negative views about boys, so deptessing. Maybe I'm not experienced enough as I only have one boy. Maybe my view will change after a few years, but for now I can not read this book and I feel it dragged me down.

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  • Dan Friend
  • 07-15-17

Ugh..

Had my suspicions confirmed when warned several chapters in to keep my son away from 'eastern cults' Fundamentalist Christianity masquerading as a parenting manual. Some useful information, but laid on thick with that all too familiar over emotional delusion that characterised all false religious practitioners. Avoid..

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  • Martine
  • 07-14-17

Brought me to tears

This is a great book for parents of a boy or boys. I'm a mum but this should be required reading for dads. I am totally motivated to instigate planning my boy's coming of age ceremony. I'm thinking a man-camp or canoeing trip. Will listen to all Steve's books that are available. My psychotherapist recommended this author and I am richer for it. Knowledge is power and I have been concerned about the father-son relationship and about the teenage years. This book has practical advice and I'm now feeling confident and excited to help our family and I also want to reach out to other families with boys. Brilliant!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-27-22

An awakening!

As a primary school teacher and single mother of a ten year old boy, this book has truly been an awakening for me. So much of what Steve says makes perfect sense. It makes me question so much about our education system in the UK and dream how different it could be. If only the politicians and educational policy writers would listen, this generation could be ‘saved’ in more ways than one.
I am currently teaching a class of 5-7 year olds in Somerset, UK and I can identify so many of these boys that are made to conform just in my own class. I am going to recommend this book to my headteacher, and highly recommend all teachers to read /listen to this life changing book. I was also interested in the reference to www.theritejourney.com and would love to find out more about this. All our boys deserve us to read this book!
With regard to my personal situation with my 10 year old son, I have made finding positive male role models a big priority. I understand the importance and significance of this. Please read this, you won’t regret it!

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  • Lucycrabtree
  • 01-15-21

good book

Do not agree with sexual advice and behaviour-as a christian that takes away a star. Otherwise lots of good stuff.

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  • Gaz
  • 04-17-19

some fantastic learning and information

Don't hesitate to buy this book. If you have a boy, this is a must listen. So many useful things to know and think about,. Gary, UK.

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  • JWT
  • 01-08-19

Wish I'd read it sooner!

What an amazing book. I'm angry with myself for not listening to a friend who recommended it to me years ago. So glad I finally gave it a chance. It is fascinating, touching, heartfelt, honest and so, so useful. I hope I remember to keep coming back to it for help and advice in raising my wonderful little man.

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  • tim royales
  • 06-25-18

Informative

If you want to help your boy (and yourself) then buy (and listen) to this book.