I have been blessed with two beautiful boys. They are very typical boys who love trucks, dirt, and working on the farm with dad. So far, most aspects of raising boys haven't been too difficult for me to understand, but as Buddy is starting to get older, I am definitely finding differences between boys and girls that I'm not always quite sure how to handle. I want to raise them the way God instructs us too. The book Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young has been a great way for me to begin to understand my boys a little better. As I read this book, I kept thinking each chapter was my favorite so far, but then I would read another and found it even better! There is so much good stuff I can say about this book, but I will try to just give a few highlights and let you read the rest for yourself.
Hal and Melanie have 6 boys of their own, so they have much experience in this area and are very qualified to write this book. They have a very easy to read style and share personal experiences from their own lives along with many scripture references to back up what they say. A short list of the many topics they touch on includes role models, weapons/violence, leadership, discipline, finances, homeschooling, manners, housework, courtship, and even choosing a college (or not) with your son. This book is loaded with suggestions on how to handle so many different situations you and your sons will encounter as they grow. The Youngs are so encouraging in the way they write also. I did not end this book feeling discouraged and wondering how I would be able to get my sons through tomorrow, much less the rest of their lives! No, I was so encouraged through out the whole book and know that with God anything is possible, even raising our boys for His glory.
I highly recommend Raising Real Men for any parent of boys, whether you have 1 or 10, younger or older, homeschooled or not, you will find many applicable resources. This is a book that will be staying on my bookshelf where I can easily reference it for many years to come!
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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.