Sunday, September 18, 2011

Timberdoodle BOOK Review: Raising Real Men

"A Practical Guide to equipping the hearts and minds of boys without breaking or losing your own" - Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys by Hal and Melanie Young

So, I'm a Mom of 2 boys (and 1 little girl smack dab in the middle). My boys are VERY different! One is studious, laid-back, quieter, and the other is precocious, anxious, and loud. (Interestingly they were due on the same day 6 years apart and almost shared the same birth DAY.) I was excited to delve into this book and gain some insight into my wonderfully unique sons.

But it took me until the middle of the book before it grabbed my attention. Perhaps because I'm ALWAYS reading similar books and the information wasn't new. Or maybe I disagreed with some of the author's point-of-views. ((wink)) I'm glad I stuck it out though because I thoroughly enjoyed the 2nd half of the book.
Chapter Highlights:
  •  Making Competition a Part of Our Sons' Lives
  • Cash, Check or Credit?
  • Gender Differences in Learning
  • Talk is Not Cheap, It's Essential
  • Becoming a Man
The authors, Hal and Melanie Young, offer practical advice on raising boys. The book is easy to read and offers scriptural support for disciplining and instructing young men in a firm, but fair manner based on how they "work". They include personal stories and examples of their own sons and focus on homeschooling as the best way to instruct boisterous boys.
"...the mother of sons has a wonderful opportunity - that she may become the mother of heroes" - Hal and Melanie Young in Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys

A definite read for those who are raising boys in a Christian-led home!

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  1. Jessy, did you hear about the Landry Academy Biology Lab in Portland in October? I'm thinking of signing my boys up, and thought maybe your oldest would enjoy it too? Or has soccer taken over all your weekends? You can email me at

  2. I just loved this book! :-) Our boys are special gifts from God, and yet our society is always trying to change them into something they are not-- girls! Praise God for the wonderful opportunity to homeschool our boys, where they can not only be themselves, but be loved and cherished for it!

    Many blessings,


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