“Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys” by Stephen James and David Thomas

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Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

If you have ever wondered, “What in the world is he thinking?” I have the book for you. Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys takes you on a journey through the mental and emotional development of a boy from ages 2 through 22. Written by therapists Stephen James and David Thomas, this book will have you laughing and nodding your head as it takes you on a journey through the way, the mind, and the heart of a boy.

The first section of the book tackles the way of the boy. Split into categories by age, Stephen and David present 5 stages a boy goes through: Explorer (2-4), Lover (5-8), Individual (9-12), Wanderer (13-17), and Warrior (18-22). Each category contains principles to help guide your son through that stage, and tips on how to put those principles into action.

In the section on the mind of a boy, Stephen and David really tackle the question, “What was he thinking?” Filled with plenty of scientific facts, you will be fascinated to read how the male brain truly differs from females. They point out mistakes we as parents often make without realizing it, but also give advice on how to approach our sons differently in the future.

Lastly, the heart of a boy focuses on nurturing a boy’s heart, and provides insight on building a relationship with him. With individual chapters given to moms and dads, Stephen and David show how a boy interacts with each differently, and learns different lessons from his parents. A section on hot topic conversations provides ways to approach them. Consistent throughout each section are tips for putting into action the principles they share.

This is one of those books you read a little at a time, and chew on what you have read for a while. Then you come back and re-read it again, because you need the reminder. If you read no other parenting book, make this be the one at the top of the list. With years of experience between the two authors not only as therapists, but also as parents, their insight will help prevent you from having to rely only on hindsight. Get it today, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

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