When Joy from Timberdoodle sent an email out looking for bloggers to review Raising Real Men, I jumped at the chance. Here I am with a little boy who is SO different from his big sister and I, being a GIRL, am so ill-equipped to understand him! I prayed this book would give me some insight into my delightful, yet challenging, little boy.
I didn’t agree with a particular point in the book, a point that was especially prevalent in the first part, but there were so many GOOD parts that were helping me understand J-jo and so many GOOD parts that were giving me ways to help raise J-jo to be a good, Godly man, that I couldn’t help but finish it. The point or idea that bothered me was not important enough to hinder my overall appreciation of the book. In fact, I will be keeping this book nearby to refresh my memory over the years, as there were certainly things that didn’t apply at the moment with a two year old, but will apply in about six or eight years, such topics as teaching about finances.
Here’s an example of how How to Raise Real Men got me reevaluating. I always had very negative thoughts about guns, and just believed they were dangerous and should be banned, but the authors pointed out that we teach our children how to use lawn mowers, sharp knives, electric saws and other dangerous tools and that perhaps it is best to teach gun safety as opposed to banning (toy) guns completely from the house.
This book is worth reading, especially if you are a parent of boys. The authors, Hal and Melanie Young, with the experience of having raised 6 sons, provide a lot of useful ideas as to how to “train them up.”
Raising Real Men can be purchased from Timberdoodle (the same place where I bought J-jo’s nifty scissors). Timberdoodle also offers other parenting helps and some neat boy-friendly outdoor learning items, and Timberdoodle will also happily send you a free homeschool catalog.
Read what other moms thought of Raising Real Men at Because Mom Said.
As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of Raising Real Men in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.