Life Skills for Boys


Hi parents/grandparents, and welcome to my book comparison of Life skills for boys where I have put together what I consider to be a very nice selection of books (ages 8-13±) that will help our son(s) or grandson(s) to learn crucial skills during their preteen and early teenage years.  These books all qualify as good books for raising boys and cover various areas with respect to practical skills and a few even overlap in some areas, however each one of these books has something special to offer.  Practical skills are yet another very important element that our son(s) and grandson(s) need to get through their daily life activities.

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1) The Boys' Book of Survival

The Good:

  • Loved by all
  • Reluctant readers – no problem!
  • Funny
  • Diversified subjects – short chapters

The Bad:

  • Not a true survival guide
  • Price Sticker

My Overall Take:

The vast majority of parents and grandparents agree that this book presents good information which teaches valuable practical skills, and a lot that just makes for good reading and entertainment, which is mainly what this “Book of Survival” is all about - do not expect a true survival guide that you could hand over to your son(s) or grandson(s), and let them run free.  What else can I say - it is loved and recommended by many of your peers that have experienced it's wondrous effects upon their son(s) or grandson(s).

 

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2) The Dangerous Book for Boys

The Good:

  • Builds skills
  • Builds Knowledge
  • Highly recommended & loved!
  • Interaction with friends & family

The Bad:

  • Not for everyone
  • Price sticker on back cover page
  • Not so dangerous
  • Scouting handbook?

My Overall Take:

This book is not for everyone, but the vast majority of those who have used it, highly recommend it.  This book teaches history and science while also allowing boys to be boys and explore their natural curiosity by discovering new ideas and ways of thinking, and it does so by taking your son(s) or grandson(s) out of the electronic age and putting them in a down-to-earth environment; a place where they can have fun interacting and bonding with their family and friends.

 

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3) For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever

The Good:

  • Recommended
  • Reluctant reader - no problem!
  • Loved by many!

The Bad:

  • Information not current
  • Incorrect Fact
  • Inappropriate content?
  • Not many pictures

My Overall Take:

For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever is on my list of good books for raising boys simply because it spans a vast variety of subjects with the purpose of entertaining, teaching, and helping your son(s) or grandson(s) to develop as they become young men.  This book is loved and recommended by parents and grandparents alike because of its overall design and format which captures the attention of the reader and holds on.

 

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4) Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys

The Good:

  • Recommended by parents and grandparents
  • Helps moms and dads as a reference guide
  • Helps our sons and grandsons through puberty
  • No sexual content
  • Inspires communication

The Bad:

  • Avoid the Kindle version – the words are too small

My Overall Take:

Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys is one of my top guides on my list of good books for raising boys because it explains many concerns that parents have when boys reach this critical stage in their physical and mental development, and does so in a way that removes the embarrassment while making everyone comfortable; as it sets our son(s) or grandson(s) on a path of awareness and responsibility.

 

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5) The Manual to Manhood

The Good:

  • Great reference guide
  • Easy to read and understand
  • Recommended & loved!

The Bad:

  • Too Basic for some

My Overall Take:

I cannot argue with the vast majority, and must concur that this book provides a lot of useful information, and teaches many valuable practical skills that every boy should know; and as they grow older, a few more…  Additionally, it is recommended and loved by many!  However, you should take a good look at the skills presented in this book, and evaluate if it could help your son(s) or grandson(s) with their development, before making any decisions.

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