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21st Century Boys: How Modern life is driving them off the rails and how we can get them back on track

Sue Palmer

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Prose: non-fiction, Advice on parenting

A major new insight into the difficulties of raising boys and how parents can help their sons fulfil their potential.

What's happening to boys? At home, they sprawl before a flickering screen, lost in a solitary, sedentary fantasy world; at school, the choice of role seems limited to nerd or thug, bullied or bullying. By the time they reach their teens, the chances of depression, self-harm, drug or alcohol abuse grow each year. Raising boys has never been more diffcult. For the sake of their sons, parents need to know the facts about how boys develop and how best to protect them from the damaging effects of modern life.

Sue Palmer assesses the issues currently confronting boys from birth to when they leave school and explains how we can all help to ensure they emerge as healthy, normal adults.

Based on the latest research from around the world, 21ST CENTURY BOYS provides parents, teachers and others with a clear pathway to bringing up boys.

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Praise for 21st Century Boys: How Modern life is driving them off the rails and how we can get them back on track

  • In a hugely informative and interesting book packed with readable research, Palmer suggests how we can raise balanced, bright boys. Each chapter ends with practical suggestions for how this might be achieved. - Scotland on Sunday.

  • Examines the issues that confront 21st-century boys from birth to the end of school in the light of the most up-to-date research and explains what we can all do to help ensure they emerge as healthy, normal adults. Behind the screaming headlines, she talks a lot of sense. - Bookseller.

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Sue Palmer

Sue Palmer is a writer, broadcaster and consultant on the education of young children. She is well-known to UK teachers as a specialist in literacy, especially the teaching of writing, but concern about children's lifestyles led her to research and publish the bestselling book TOXIC CHILDHOOD: How the Modern World Is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About It, followed in 2007 by a practical handbook for parents, DETOXING CHILDHOOD: What Parents Need to Know to Raise Bright, Balanced Children, and her most recent book 21ST CENTURY BOYS. Sue is also a popular speaker, addressing thousands of teachers each year across the UK and around the world - and increasingly invited to address audiences of parents, health professionals and others concerned with children's well-being. She writes frequently in the national press, and has worked as a consultant to the National Literacy Trust, the Basic Skills Agency, many educational publishers, the Department for Education and the BBC.

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