It’s been a long time since I’ve read a good parenting book on boys. Even the ones I have enjoyed for their strong support of the true nature of boys (Michael Gurian springs to mind), none have offered such tangible advice to helping boys prosper. I’m not yet through it, but have been impressed with all I have seen. I not only am raising two sons, but watched two brothers grow as well. I also spend considerable time with both my sons’ Boy Scout Groups and have marveled at all these boys as they go from adorable, to awkward, to annoying to amazing.
Which brings me to my point. Boy Scouts provides many of these experiences you mention. I have long known boys to prosper in it, but hadn’t been able to put my finger on it until your book. It involves connection to the out of doors, controlled risk in high adventure situations, pushing their limits and celebrating the successes, service to others and many strong male role models.
Thank you for connecting the dots for me.