The Wonder of Boys

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Penguin, Sep 7, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
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"THE WONDER OF BOYS is a provocative book that electrifies the debate over how this nation raises sons." 
— USA Today

 In this insightful and practical book, Michael Gurian describes what boys need to become strong, responsible, sensitive men. Instead of encouraging us to stifle boys' natural propensities for competition and aggression, Gurian offers effective and practical guidelines for channeling them. He shows how the evils boys are susceptible to, including gang activity, sexual misconduct, and crime, become necessary outlets when positive role models and adult support are not available.

Most important, Gurian explains what a boy really needs--a primary and an extended family, relationships with mentors, and intense support form his school and community--and details how we can provide these things for the boys we love.

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User Review  - tjsjohanna - LibraryThing

Much of the theory or explanation of what makes boy "tick" was very interesting and insightful. Some of the suggestions for raising boys to become healthy men were very helpful. Unfortunately, I found ... Read full review

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User Review  - wrmjr66 - LibraryThing

Gurian's "The Wonder of Boys" has some good information and ideas in it. However, many of them are overshadowed by his too strident tone. The book reads a bit dated (most of his allusions are to ... Read full review


Pinocchios Journey
How to Love a Boy
Nature Versus Nurture
The Male Brain
Feelings and the Brain
From Biology to Culture
The Three Families
Teaching Boys to Care for Their Own Souls
I Dont Want to Feel Like a Stranger
Initiating Boys Into the World of Sex and Love
What If My Son Is Gay?
Sex Education in the Schools
Love as a Spiritual Discipline
Sex Love and the Media

Boys as Tribal Creatures
The First Family
The Second Family
The Third Family
The Right Conditions for Good MotherSon Relationships
What Boys Need From Mom in the First Decade of Life
What Boys Need From Mom in the Second Decade of Life
Does Motherhood Ever End?
Of Princes and Kings
The Father a Boy Needs
What Fathers Need
When a Father Gives His Son His Name
Letting the Boy Go
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Heros Journey
Models of Initiation
What Is Healthy Discipline?
Discipline in the First Decade of Life
Discipline in Puberty and Adolescence
Difficult Violent Boys
Discipline as an Ongoing System
To Teach Values to Kids We Must Know Our Own
The Stages of Moral Development
Using Archetype and Mythology to Reach Boys
Teaching Boys Values Through the Media
Boys and Sexua Abuse
Practical Principles for Teaching Boys about Sex Love and C ommitment
A Sacred Male Role for the New Millennium
Principle 2
Principle 4
Principle 7
Principle 10
Teaching Boys a Sacred Role
The Culture Boys Create
Boys Need a Tribe
Love You Forever What Boys Need From Their Mothers
From Daddy to Dad The fatherSon Relationship
A Boys Second Birth The Passage Into Manhood
Teaching Boys Discipline
Teaching Boys Values Morality and Spirituality
Teaching Boys About Sex and Love
Teaching Boys a Healthy Male Role in Life

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About the author (2006)

Michael Gurian is a psychotherapist and bestselling author whose books include The Wonder of Boys and The Good Son. His work reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and American) in which he lived, worked, and studied. He has taught psychology, religion, mythology, and literature at three American universities and at Ankara University in Turkey. He lives with his wife and two children in Spokane, Washington.