Here are some excerpts that I love so far:
Boys need strong relationships with their parents. Period. Every boy, without exception, wants a better relationship with his mother and his father because his physical and emotional survival depends on you.
Boys spend far too little time with parents and they suffer because of it. And we all know it.
In our earnestness to make up for lost time, to help our boys, we give them all the wrong things. But our boys don't need things, they need us, even just being around us, watching how we handle life, how we talk, listen, help others, and make our decisions. Every son is his father's apprentice, studying not his dad's profession but his way of living, thinking, and behaving.
Ask any parent of an eight- or eighteen- year-old son what he hopes for his son's future, and chances are excellent that he will respond by saying that he simply wants his son to be happy. The question is, however, is happiness enough? Is aspiring to raise a son to be happy more important than raising a boy to be good?
In an effort to help our boys be happy, we provide for them. We give them toys, clothes, money, and entertainment. We inadvertently teach them that it is better to receive than to give. And gadget-producing corporations have our number; they play on our guilt, fears, and our pocketbooks.... Maybe this Wii game, that soccer jersey, or that skateboard will bring him happiness, at least temporarily.
I'm excited to keep reading and learning...