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  • Published: 1 September 2008
  • ISBN: 9781864711042
  • Imprint: Doubleday Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $29.99

Growing Great Boys

How to bring out the best in your son




We all want our boys to grow up to be the best men they can be - here are tips from a parenting guru.

We all want our boys to grow up to be the best men they can be - here are tips from a parenting guru.

In Growing Great Boys, parenting guru Ian Grant shows how to work with the essential character of boys, using understanding and emotional support to raise loyal, passionate, hard-working, sensitive, funny, fearless and strong men.

Growing Great Boys is brimming with practical and informative parenting advice for raising great sons, from the vital preschool years through to the challenges of teens. It includes chapters on the roles of mums and dads, and on the special challenges faced by solo parents.

Hot tips, quotes and action labs encourage parents to take a hands-on approach, coaching their sons to succeed in the game of life.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2008
  • ISBN: 9781864711042
  • Imprint: Doubleday Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Ian Grant

Ian Grant is one of New Zealand's best-known parenting experts. With his wife Mary, he runs Parents Inc., which hosts parenting seminars and programmes. Married for 42 years, they have three adult children, five grandsons and three granddaughters.
Ian Grant and Mary Grant are high-profile parenting and relationship gurus in New Zealand who have written a series of bestselling parenting books, including Growing Great Boys, Growing Great Girls, Growing Great Marriages, Growing Great Families, Communicate and Fathers Who Dare Win. They are the founders of Parents Inc. (now called the parentingplace.com), speak at seminars and have had long careers as media stars on television and radio.
Mary founded faith4families org; while Ian founded fatherswhodarewin.com (‘giving fatherhood a better name’). For their work with youth and families, Mary has been awarded the Queen’s Medal, and Ian the Queen’s Service Order. In 2013, Ian was named Senior New Zealander of the Year.
The Grants have a Christian background, and were founders of Youth for Christ and the Campus Life clubs. They believe that parents each have their own distinctive role to play, and that many of society’s problems can be traced back to the absence of strong loving relationships between many parents and their children. Going against the tide of ‘political correctness’, they advocate that men parent like men, becoming good role models for manliness in their children’s lives — following traditions of being providers and protectors, heroes and sportsmen, as well as mentors and confidants.
While anger and aggression should be controlled, men should still parent in the ways that come naturally them — with physical interaction and risk-taking. Similarly, they believe that the innate qualities of boys and their behaviour should be encouraged and channelled positively, rather than suppressed in today’s PC environment.
Their road-shows are marked by humour and practical strategies for dealing with everyday parenting situations.
Reviewers have identified the Grants approach as threefold: to inspire, share wisdom, and encourage.

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Praise for Growing Great Boys

“Insightful and inspirational -- Ian Grant has a unique ability to cut through the jargon and give Kiwi parents genuinely helpful, down-to-earth advice we can really use.”

Simon Dallow, Viva

“I know from listener comments how much Ian’s advice is valued, and as the father of two boys I have exploited that advice to advantage. It doesn’t come any better.”

Leighton Smith, NewstalkZB


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