Book Recommendation for Parents of Boys

A few months ago I blogged about the book Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boyfriends, and the new realities of Girl World by Rosalind Wiseman.

Here’s one for parents of sons, the international best-selling book

He’ll Be Ok: Growing Gorgeous Boys Into Good Men

By Celia Lashlie

He'll Be Ok

Celia’s work in a men’s prisons in New Zealand showed her what happens to some boys who make the wrong choices. As a result, she committed herself to helping adolescent boys grow into good men through her work in schools, communities, and prisons.

As a mother who raised a son on her own, Celia knew all too well the vulnerability of adolescent boys. She saw the dark void into which they can disappear – the grunting that replaces their speech, the risks of alcohol, fast cars and drugs – and she shares her insights about this testing time through her conversations with teenage boys. Her book is a guide for parents and teachers, to steer them through the perils of adolescence. It encourages parents to raise their sons with boundaries and support, without being over-protective. Celia says “ “Laughter and silence – the two things our gorgeous boys need most from their mothers.”

Celia Lashlie died in February 2015 but you can listen to her posthumous interview on Conversations with Richard Fidler, which is both entertaining and practical.


2 thoughts on “Book Recommendation for Parents of Boys

  1. Sarah, thanks heaps for the recommendation. downloaded both the books, definitely good to get recommendations. hope all good with you, Ang

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