Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wild things: the art of nurturing boys

I've been picking my way through this book long enough that I had to return it to the library and just buy it. We will read, and then put it on the shelf for reference.

Wild Things is a book about nurturing boys. This book addresses ages & stages of boys; how to best communicate with them, what they need most from their parents and teachers in those phases. There is a section on how the minds of boys work, how they can be most successful in school and more. The end of the book is a section of "hot topics" and ideas of how to address them. It's a great book of ideas on just what is going through the minds of these little (or big) guys and how we can best nurture them into manhood.

This book is a great combination of experience, humor stories and encouragment for those in charge of raising Wild Things.

Taken from the back of the book;


A boy's endless imagination, hunger for adventure, and passionate spirit are matched only by his deep desire to be affirmed, esteemed and loved.

Yet over the past few decades, our culture has adopted a model of parenting and educating children that doesn't affirm, celebrate, or embrace a boy's hunger, passion, or wildness but rather seeks to tame it. As a result, many parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors find themselves frustrated, confused, and wearied by boys' behavior.

The truth is, boys don't need to be tamed--they need to be understood, loved, challenged, and encouraged.

Wild Things helps parents, teachers, mentors, and others understand and explore the hearts, minds, and ways of boys and the vital role that parents and caregivers play on their journey to manhood.

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Lynn said...

Oh, so true! "Boys will be boys." There's something to that. I wanted my boys to be brave and adventurous and chivalrous and all the boy things that seem to get lost in this modern culture we live in.

It's nice to meet you, by the way. :)


Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

Sounds really interesting! I'll have to check it out sometime. Thanks for the recommendation.