by Pam Withers (Author) , Cynthia Gill (Author) , Dr. John Duffy (Foreword) 248 pages
As I've said many times, I have four children, two older girls (ages 18 and 20) and two boys (ages 4 and 8). Each one was completely different in personality and behavior but the huge difference that I've noticed is between girls and boys.
Where education and school is concerned, my girls were virtually self motivating and super easy. They never struggled in academics, always did their homework without prompting and grades were always excellent. My older son is 8 and in the 3rd grade and it hasn't been an easy road to travel. I almost feel lost at time when having to deal with the issues at school and with teachers and unfortunately I've found few teachers who are willing to teach "out of the box" in order to really get through to him and make an impression. He's not mentally challenged or a slow learner, but has ADHD and anxiety, therefore he's not always focused and tends to process information at a different pace. This book was one that I was very interested in reading because it deals with real life issues...issues that affect me as a parent.
Here's a bit from the book:
Everyone knows that boys are falling behind in education. Largely left out of the discussion are parents of boys, who are most aware that their bright, eager sons hit an invisible wall somewhere near fourth grade, after which they become disengaged, discouraged, and disaffected. There are dozens of books on underachieving boys, but most parents brave enough to lift one off the shelf are instantly intimidated by the footnotes, graphs, case studies, and academic-speak addressed almost entirely to educators. What about the average guilt-ridden, frustrated mother or father of an underachieving boy? Jump-Starting Boys is the first book on the market that empowers parents, helping them reclaim the duties and rewards of raising their children and navigate the influences of school and media. Filled with reassurance and support, the authors turn fear and guilt into can-do confidence. Through easy tips and action list sidebars, this is the most practical, readable book on the topic.
About Pam Withers
Pam Withers is a former journalist, editor and outdoor guide who has written 13 sports and adventure novels for teens plus a sports biography. All are bestsellers and three have been nominated for awards. Her work includes the 10-book Take-it-to-the-Extreme series. A new middle-grade and young-adult novel are due out the fall of 2011. Pam grew up in Wisconsin and the Dakotas, and has also lived in California, Washington, New York City and Ireland. The mother of one son, she lives with her husband in Vancouver, Canada. Her website is www.pamwithers.com. She is also co-founder of the youth literacy website.
Disclosure: I received the above book for review purposes, however, all opinions are entirely my own.