Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Review: Wild Things, The Art of Nurturing Boys

I just finished reading Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James and David Thomas and I give it two thumbs up.  If you have a son or boy in your life, I would highly recommend reading this book!
They cover a wide range of topics regarding the life of a boy and his journey to manhood.  They split the book up into 3 parts:
Part 1 - The Way of a Boy
In this section the authors breakdown the phases a boy goes through as he grows up.  The Explorer (ages 2-4), the Lover (age 5-8), the Individual (ages 9-12), the Wanderer (ages 13-17), and the Warrior (ages 18-22).  They breakdown each phases and talk about what our boys need from us as parents and caregivers and how we can help boys grow and mature through each phase.
Part 2 - The Mind of a Boy
This section breaks down the different learning styles of boy and how we can help boys learn and how we can identify their learning style.
Part 3 - The Heart of a Boy
This section talks about the heart of a boy and how we can cultivate a boy heart into a mans heart.  They have 2 chapters, A Boy and His Mother and A Boy and His Father and they breakdown the roles mothers and fathers play in a boys development.  They finish with talking about rituals, ceremonies and rites of passage.
They also have an appendix labeled "Hot Topics" where they do a quick 1-2 page high level summary of different hot topics, such as "Spanking & Discipline", "Screen Time", "Talking with Boys about Sex", just to name a few.
All in all, I thought this was a great book, I made lots of marks and highlights and will return to this book often for ideas and encouragement as we start to raise a "wild thing" of our own!  Again, I would highly recommend this to parents of boys!

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