This book was on my list to read last year as a book that will improve a specific area of your life. I ran out of time and didn’t get to it. It was perfect then, that the 2018 Reading Challenge list includes a book you you meant to read in 2017.
As the mom of three boys, ages 8, 7 and 5, I am always looking for ways to better relate to my sons and improve my parenting skills. This book came to me recommended by my sister who is also raising three boys. It isn’t easy raising boys, though I can’t imagine girls being any easier. Just a different kind of difficult.
The title promises to reveal “7 secrets to raising healthy boys.” As such, I expected to find practical advice I could apply immediately to my parenting. In this respect, I found the book lacking. Instead, Dr. Meeker expounds on the physical and psychological needs of boys and the many pitfalls that exist in today’s culture.
Dr. Meeker makes many excellent points on the psychology of boys, much of which I agree with. She includes at least one anecdote from her own experience in each chapter that illustrates what she is trying to convey. She also includes the results of various studies that demonstrate the negative impacts today’s culture can and does have on boys. There is much to learn here, and her unique perspective as a physician lends a degree of authority to her words.
Overall, I appreciated what this book had to say. I would have liked a little more practical advice to go along with all the wisdom Dr. Meeker shared. Still, I would recommend this book to parents of boys. There are definitely some valuable insights to be found.