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Saving Our Sons: A New Path for Raising Healthy and Resilient Boys

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Raising boys today can be a joyful experience at times but immensely difficult at others. Boys, families, schools, and communities are challenged in the new millennium in ways they have not been before. Technology, medication, food, nutrition, schooling, family, peer groups, and broader social and health systems can be part of the solution, or sources of significant male d ...more
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by Gurian Institute Press
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Vito
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My interest in this book stemmed from an interview with the author on the Art of Manliness podcast.

While I hadn't read any of his previous works, I was agreeing with what Gurian was speaking about:

There's something wrong with the boys of our society.

As someone who was in a support position in a high school, I noticed that for every girl struggling with school, there were at least 5 boys.

The stories were similar: unmotivated, doesn't care, parents are struggling with him at home and (some) spend
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Amy Webb
I learned some great things while reading this book. He spent a lot of time on spreading the word of this epidemic though. He also harped on foods and toxins too much for my taste. In the end though, I leaned some things that will effect how I parent the boys and that is a good thing.
Jason
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As a parent of two boys, a former teacher, a former youth pastor and a current pastor (who works with children ALL THE TIME), I found this book tremendously engaging. The introduction of the science behind brain and gender was helpful, the pointing towards further resources for research and discussion was great, and I found most of his recommendations for how we raise boys really helpful. In particular, the chapter on digital benchmarks for boys at various ages was easy to digest and to apply to ...more
Amy
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastically written. The author did a great job of describing how our boys are being left behind. Even while he was talking about our boys he also talked about what is needed to strengthen our girls. His views on "Gender Equity" I found to be very refreshing. I plan to recommend it to anyone I know with sons. It is also going to go on my bi-yearly re-read list. I listened to the audio book but fully plan to purchase a paper copy for my next read through so that I can highlight th ...more
Shannon Minninger
I took my time with this one and even so, I definitely need to reread. There is SO MUCH important content to digest. I do agree that we are experiencing a wide spread issue with boys/men in our society and we, as a society, need to examine what factors are contributing to the problems. Gurian
provides "a resource for every possible reader that not only dives deep into what boys need to thrive but also takes on the acute challenges of advocating for boys in our present political climate" within t
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Ren
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this day and age of extremism and fanatical opinions, it is so refreshing to hear someone who offers balance, calls out the dangers of extreme thought. Michael Gurian informs the reader about the current issues with boys and how we need to be advocates for them. We need to let them be natural boys, and we need to learn about how epigenetics is changing boys and creating a huge disturbance in the natural cycle of our lives and communities.
Chris Edie
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The future of boys is in jeopardy

Working with kids especially boys, is a Pandora’s box of possibilities. How do you walk the line of best practice and “politically correct”
Saving our sons sets up the problems and some solutions but also how to start the conversation within the community.
Ariosto
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Game changer

This book is fundamental in understanding what makes a male a man. It's gender explanation and observations are remarkable. All information about genetic codes are eye opener.
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Robert Bogue
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Raising all kids today is hard. Since I’ve only attempted to raise kids in today’s environment, I can’t comment about whether it’s harder or easier than previous generations. I can say that the grandparents I talk to tell me that they believe it’s harder. It’s for that reason that every parenting program, resource, and book is a welcome tool to better understand, cope, and succeed in the critical task of parenting. Michael Gurian’s book Saving Our Sons: A New Path for Raising Healthy and Resilie ...more
Laura
Plodded through this one but worthwhile read. Reminder to not forget boys as we try to level playing field between genders.
Andrea
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a heavy read, but very important information and raising sons. ...more
Bodo Rebić
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It basically helped me to be a better father to my son.
Greg
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd recommend this to any parent of a boy. ...more
Ashley
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Amazing. Thought provoking.
adelina mocanu
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book for parenting boys

I liked its ideas.
Actual text a bit hard to follow as I think it's targeted at academics and teachers, or maybe it was just my impression.
Would have liked it to be an easier read.
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