Raising Boys In A New Kind Of World

Raising Boys In A New Kind Of World

Book - 2011
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More than ever before boys need guidance, and this book will guide parents on all subjects, such as bullying, discipline, and homework.

From video games to the Internet, technology and popular culture are having a profound effect on today's boys. Boys need guidance more than ever. But how can we help them do better in school? How can we keep the lines of communication open?

Raising Boys in a New Kind of World is a passionate call for greater empathy. The more we know about boys, the more realistic our expectations of them will be. We need to stop seeing normal boy behaviour as a problem and learn to understand a boy's need for movement, his unique learning styles, and his personal methods of communicating.

Michael Reist writes from the front lines. As a classroom teacher for more than 30 years and the father of three boys, he has seen first-hand the effects that changes in modern culture are having on boys. Raising Boys in a New Kind of World is an inspiring and entertaining collection of positive, practical advice on many topics, including discipline, homework, video games, and bullying, and provides numerous tips on how to communicate with boys.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9781459700437
Characteristics: 304 p.


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ksoles Jan 24, 2012

In "Raising Boys in a New Kind of World" Michael Reist encourages a retooled approach to rearing boys in a media-saturated culture. While he admits that screen time contributes to boys falling behind in school, he also outlines the benefits of video games: allowing kids to relieve stress, offering an outlet for aggression and fostering bonding through shared activity.

After a slow and tedious introduction, Reist explains boys' year-and-a-half difference in both biological and cognitive development compared with girls - how it can cause social discomfort and a poor educational experience. He writes that boys have a love and need for movement and prefer actions over words; much like a computer going into sleep mode, the male brain can act in a similar way when it's not stimulated.

Unfortunately, the chapters covering technology and social media, the central themes of Reist's book, felt the least relevant to my own parenting. I much preferred Reist's general discussion of child psychology and his advice on connecting with boys: "I think one of the greatest gifts we can give the child is freedom to live their [sic] own lives in whatever path they choose."

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