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Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax
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Sep 24, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in September, 2010

I found this book interesting and informative. Sax explains with research why boys today are unmotivated and underachieving. Some chapters were more interesting to me than others, but the whole book was definitely worthwhile to anyone raising boys.

Here are my notes: don't start boys in kinder until they are ready (they will enjoy learning more and be more successful), boys need to have more experiential/hands on learning experiences (not in front of a computer), they need more contact with nature, they need to read a variety of books for fun, boys excel with competition (not just athletic), they need to interact with good male role models, they need hands on training in working and serving, and lastly Sax explains in depth why video games are especially addicting to boys and the reasons why they are so harmful to their motivation and progress. He gives a basic guideline for video games: no more than 40 minutes/day during the week and 1 hour/day on weekends...and only in this order 1-family, 2-schoolwork, 3-friends, 4-video games. Make sure your kids have a hobby to replace video games.

There is really a lot more discussed in this book, these are just the things that most interested me.
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Emily ooooh. I want to read this! I'm always joking about my theory of "YBS" (youngest boy syndrome). Guess it's a real thing! Too bad I didn't right the book first...

Jacquie Do you have this book? Can I borrow it when you are done if you do?

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