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The Strong, Sensitive Boy

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"Every parent of a sensitive boy should read this book."
--Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. author of The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Child

"The Strong, Sensitive Boy offers practical advice and innovative solutions for parents, teachers, and anyone working with sensitive boys. I highly recommend it."
--Michael Gurian, author of The Won
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 3rd 2010 by Prana Publishing
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Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this for my personal development in hopes that it would help explain some of my six year old's behavior. It's nice to get reassurance that he's perfectly "normal" and there are many other boys out there that are just like him. The author comes from the standpoint of; 20% of the population is especially sensitive and it evenly split between boys and girls. Society though, in the United States anyway, is NOT geared to supporting the sensitive boy, in fact, the sensitive boy's self esteem us ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
20% of all males are found to have a "finely tuned" nervous system, making them Highly Sensitive Boys/Men.

"The more awareness you can spread about this trait, the more you will have helped your son and society."

My son is a sensitive boy, showing superior intuition, compassion, kindness, and a naturally gentle spirit. I was pleasantly surprised to discover I am already actively engaging in most of the practical parenting advice offered in this book. I only hope I can recall the recommendation of
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, kids
Pretty good but as another reviewer commented, you are probably doing most of these things if you are reading the book. I love that Zeff quotes Gurian, my "go-to" on rearing boys. However, I did notice so much of this research is outdated. Not sure what is coming out of the Gurian camp these days, but would love some updated research. I wish I could have certain people in my sons' lives read this in order to support them better, esp. in sports. I found a number of interview statistics interestin ...more
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any parent
This book offered a lot of ideas that had been unknown to be before. Not only were there many stages of a child's life that the author reviewed, but he also addressed misconceptions throughout a boy's life that children might run into and offered possible actions to cope with each stage. In addition, there were responses in the back from HSP as well as insights offered by other psychologists. I've already lent this book out and have promised others they can borrow it.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
A great eye opener about the impact on boys of being highly sensitive. Other books I have read are about children in general and as a mother of 3 boys this gave me a good insight into challenges facing boys who are more gentle in nature than their counterparts. An interesting read with a great section on schooling and team sports.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
SOOO good! I think this is the best, most healthy treatment of both extremes of the sensitivity spectrum. The book totally redefined my understanding of Sensory Integration Disorder. If you are a sensitive male or are raising a boy (sensitive or not), this is a must-read.
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I love the idea that we are starting to recognize that not all boys are the same. My three boys are very sensitive, and have had a difficult time making their way in the world. My problem with this book started when he got into the "save the planet" stuff. So tired of all of that.
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A reassuring read - lots as a parent of a sensitive boy and partner of a sensitive man I innately knew but it's nice to have it laid bare in front of you. I imagine I'll refer back to this on occasion.
Alexa Clay
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, parenting
Good evidence-based information and guidance on raising boys who may be more sensitive than their peers. It brings to light the stereotypes and pressure that men and boys have to face, particularly in American culture.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
While I didn't find the book ground breaking, I did appreciate the acknowledgement that not all boys are the same. My son is not a "HSB", but he does have some of the sensitive traits. The discipline and sports sections were relevant to where we are right now and I found them the most helpful.
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