Synopses & Reviews
"THE WONDER OF BOYS
is a provocative book that electrifies the debate over how this nation raises sons."
In this insightful and practical book, Michael Gurian describes what boys need to become strong, responsible, sensitive men. Instead of encouraging us to stifle boys' natural propensities for competition and aggression, Gurian offers effective and practical guidelines for channeling them. He shows how the evils boys are susceptible to, including gang activity, sexual misconduct, and crime, become necessary outlets when positive role models and adult support are not available.
Most important, Gurian explains what a boy really needs--a primary and an extended family, relationships with mentors, and intense support form his school and community--and details how we can provide these things for the boys we love.
Unlike many parenting guides that try to eliminate competition, aggression, and violence entirely, "The Wonder of Boys" boldly offers guidelines for channeling boys' energy, but without accepting antisocial behavior as an inevitable accompaniment. Therapist Michael Gurian explains what a boy really needs--a primary and an extended family, a relationship with mother, father, and mentors, as well as intense support from school and community.
I n this edition of his parenting classic, Michael Gurian considers how the culture has changed in the ten years since The Wonder of Boys
was first published, including the impact of the Internet.
About the Author
Michael Gurian is a psychotherapist and bestselling author whose books include The Wonder of Boys and The Good Son. His work reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and American) in which he lived, worked, and studied. He has taught psychology, religion, mythology, and literature at three American universities and at Ankara University in Turkey. He lives with his wife and two children in Spokane, Washington.