Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

StephenJames David Thomas David Colacci / Oct 28, 2020

Wild Things The Art of Nurturing Boys Playing off the themes in the Caldecott Medal winning children s book Where the Wild Things Are this informative practical and encouraging guide will help parents guide boys down the path to health

  • Title: Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys
  • Author: StephenJames David Thomas David Colacci
  • ISBN: 9781515952602
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Playing off the themes in the Caldecott Medal winning children s book Where the Wild Things Are, this informative, practical, and encouraging guide will help parents guide boys down the path to healthy and authentic manhood Wild Things addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a boy, written by two therapists who are currently engaged in clinical work withPlaying off the themes in the Caldecott Medal winning children s book Where the Wild Things Are, this informative, practical, and encouraging guide will help parents guide boys down the path to healthy and authentic manhood Wild Things addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a boy, written by two therapists who are currently engaged in clinical work with boys and their parents and who are also fathers raising five sons This book contains chapters such as Sit Still Pay Attention , Deficits and Disappointments, and Rituals, Ceremonies, and Rites of Passage.

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      • StephenJames David Thomas David Colacci

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.Stephen James, LPC, MHSP, NCC is a private practice psychotherapist in Nashville, TN where he provides individual, couples, and group therapy as well as organizational and leadership consulting.He received his MA in Counseling from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and his BA in English from Belmont University He has published numerous articles and is the coauthor of five books including the bestselling Wild Things The Art of Nurturing Boys Stephen has appeared in interviews on ESPN, Sports Illustrated as well various other media outlets Stephen speaks and consults often in the areas of servant leadership, parenting, and family.You can find out about his clinical practice at sagehillcounseling.


    1. This book scared me a bit. Okay, a lot. According to the authors, I (and my boys) have so far survived the Explorer phase and they're currently in the Lover stagebut I still have the Individual, Wanderer, and Warrior to get through. Having worked with adolescent boys, I know howumting those years can be. Luckily, this book does give a lot of good ideas for making those years tolerable. I wasn't crazy about the religious bent of the book, but I was able to skim through most of the blah-blah-blah. [...]

    2. I have been reading "Wild Things" and being the mother of 3 boys myself I am very impressed by what I have read so far. The book is broken down into different age groups of boys and I have Stephen in The Lovers group (5-8 years) and Philip in The Individual group (9-12). They nailed Stephen to a tee and Philip is pretty close (he is also not your typical boy). Each age group is then broken into:1) The Way of a Boy2) The Mind of a Boy3) The Heart of a BoyAnd then there is a Hot Topics section tow [...]

    3. This is my FAVORITE book about boys. It comes at the subject from several angles including light neuroscience, social issues and the practical how-to handle issues. Since I read Wild Things the first time I have used what I learned there every day with my own two boys. For example, I know that my * year old is deep in the Lover stage of his development and is very difficult to manage AND very delicate. This book has helped me be gentle with him and we're both better off for it. It's a must-read [...]

    4. I loved this. Feeling completely clueless on how to love my boys most days, this gave me so much insight. Maybe I’ve just been living under a rock? But I’m so glad I own this book so I can come back to it to reference how to nurture my boys & not squash them. There are practical steps at the end of each chapter that we can take - which I really appreciated. I have to admit that I skipped the few chapters that didn’t relate to where my boys are yet. I’ll cross that bridge when we get [...]

    5. MUST READ FOR ANYONE INVOLVED WITH BOYS. I will read and refer to this book again and again. Stephen James and David Thomas go into great detail about each stage of a boy's life. Looking back on my childhood and now having 2 boys of my own there were times I felt like they were describing me and my boys to a T. This isn't a "How To" book, which I appreciate. They explain the stages a boy goes through, offer insight, but leave the parenting and leadership up to the reader. So good!! This has beco [...]

    6. I loved the first two parts about boys from 2-4 and 5-8. You could tell the authors had boys in these age ranges. When they started addressing bx and issues in older kids, it stopped being personal and quickly became "studies show" and "the majority of" and even "the movie _____ shows the struggle of a boy going through" YIKES! I had to keep reminding myself that all the horrible and terrifying things they reported my 12 year old son would say or do were taken from their experience with kids tha [...]

    7. I have 4 boys, and this book has been a God-send. It's another to re-read as my kids get older. In Wild Things, counselors James and Thomas explore what exactly it is that makes boys who they are and how best to parent them. They break down boyhood into 5 stages and explore the distinguishing characteristics of each stage from many standpoints - a boy's neurology & physiology, a boy's emotions, cognitive development, and spiritual life (yes, this book is written by Christian authors from a C [...]

    8. I only wish this could be "required reading" for all parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, friends - - - well, you get the picture. It is excellent. My other wish is that we'd had it four decades or so ago! ;-))

    9. This is my second time reading this book up to the ages of my now three boys. It is interesting to see them all at different stages. There is so much information that it's more of a resource book to be examined rather than read all the way through.

    10. This is the best parenting book I have read to date (and I've read a lot). Obviously it's focused on those that have boys and how us as parents can bring them into manhood. It made me feel normal as a mother of boys and realize how the things I think are weird are part of them growing into men. What I love about the book is its focus on the boy's heart. It's not about discipline, to-do lists or methods, it's about how to reach our boys' hearts and guide them as they go through the stages to manh [...]

    11. You know how we always lament that becoming a parent is a challenge because our children don't come with an instruction manual? Well, I think this book comes pretty close when it comes to raising up boys to be the best version of themselves. The authors do a great job of citing research and providing anecdotes to illustrate their key concepts and unpack all that goes into the turning of a boy into a man. I so appreciated learning about all of the stages a boy goes through as well as some specifi [...]

    12. Where has this book been all my parenting life? Fantastic insights into boyhood and what it means to love and treasure boys' uniqueness in a world that has ceased having patience with them. It demonstrates how so much of the environment we require boys to succeed in (particularly academic) can unwittingly predispose them to fail. Indeed it illustrates in countless ways how (spoiler alert!) boys differ from girls, and should not be forced into the girl mold. Many times in reading I found myself w [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this book! It is the first book I have read about boys and there have been many. It was an easy read and very applicable to both my teaching world and my personal world. The book is divided up into three parts. The first part highlights the various stages a boy goes through. The second part discusses the way a boy's brain works, the expectations boys are subjected to in school settings, and the benefits of disappointments in a boy's life. The final part takes you through the hea [...]

    14. I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend that had seen one of the authors speak at a conference. I LOVED this book for many reasons. It is full of practical advice on many topics in raising boys. I like the way it is arranged in sections based on age, and then again if for moms, dads, single parents and sections on discipline. I have two boys, one who is more typical and one who is more challenging and it was chock full of things to think about for both. It was encouraging and challe [...]

    15. Skimmed several books on raising boys in today's world and this was the one I settled on reading through. Authors are Christians (or so it was advertised on ) and children psychologists and, most importantly fathers to boys, but their sensitive, practical, easy-to-understand science, not heavy-handed with the religiosity and not unrealistically Christian fundamentalist (like Dobson's Raising Boys which I did NOT care for) approach was ideal. Will be the book I recommend to other moms searching f [...]

    16. First book I've read specifically about boys, and it gave me relief! It sums up all of the roadblocks we've come to so far with our son. I will now employ the "I notice that you seem fidgety. Let's we how many times you can climb up and down the stairs in two minutes." approach. Gives good insight into boys minds - if you weren't ever a little boy how would you know? I'll come back to the book as the years go on because it spans the whole childhood range. Just enough advice on key topics to be a [...]

    17. I don't know guys. I just did not like this book. I wanted to. I truly know there are differences between boys and girls because I have one (or more) of each. But something about this book came across as SO sexist to me. So I had a hard time really enjoying it. There are some interesting facts and truth in this book, but overall it didn't help me feel less stressed about raising boys. It actually left me feeling more anxious.

    18. I kinda just skimmed over the book. I really like how they broke it down by ages and more than anything it was reassuring what's typical of boys at each age. It also made me realize how great boys can be and to try to take the things that drive me crazy about them and turn them into positive experiences. A lot of the suggestions I had heard before and it does have a Christian influence which I liked. More than anything it was just reassuring for me.

    19. This book had so much practical advice for me as the mom of two girls and one boy. I learned that so many of my challenges with my youngest were completely normal and to do with who he is -- physically AND emotionally. I appreciated the book being broken down by age and topic. I've recommended this book sever times already!

    20. This book is very helpful for anyone who has son(s) and/or who is in a position of influence in the lives of boys. For me, it was helpful, and I plan on re-reading it. Only 3 stars because I disagree with the authors' basic assumptions about knowledge and development, but really, not a bad book. Filled with practical advice.

    21. I felt the authors painted boys with a pretty broad brush, ie all boys are impulsive, active, loud, etc and I have taught long enough to know that isn't always the case. However since I am reading this because I do have a boy who is impulsive, active, wild, and loud the information was helpful for me.

    22. Love, love, love this book. Down to earth, written from experience, funny, easy to read, immensely insightful. I recommend this book to anyone that has a son, or that works boys. I've read a lot of books about raising boys and this one is my favorite.

    23. I listened to this as an audiobook and it was great! I plan on getting it in hard copy. I'll definitely be referring back to it as my little guy grows.

    24. This book helped me understand the how and why when it comes to the behavior of my little boys. It makes me smile.

    25. my favorite boy raising book! written by men who are fathers of boys who are believers and professional counselors of boys/men, so they provide a well-rounded perspective (which was a nice balance to all the mom voices I've read). I especially like that some of the chapters are based on ages/stages of development so you can pick up and read whatever chapter is pertinent at a given time. I also like the balance of psychology, spiritual, and practical advice/application. highly recommend to fellow [...]

    26. I enjoyed the first half of the book the most. The differences between stages of development in a baywhat they need the most to thrive age. I could do without the heavy God references, but overallgood read.

    27. This is an awesome insight on the many "tiers" of boys. I learned so much from this book. It is laced with humor and realistic stories of how to handle them in every stage. I love my boy, and now I can understand him better.

    28. To understand my sons better, I borrowed Wild Things: the Art of Nurturing Boys, by Stephen James and David Thomas, from the library. And I’m glad that I did.The book is divided into three different parts. The first part describes the five stages of boyhood and adolescence—the explorer, lover, individual, wanderer, and warrior—and offers suggestions for how to handle boys at these stages. The second section analyzes what is going on in the brain of a boy and how that affects his learning s [...]

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