Our Boys

Raising strong, happy sons from boyhood to manhood

Co-authored by Big Buddy's Ruth Kerr & Richard Aston

Big Buddy CEO Richard Aston and Media Coordinator Ruth Kerr bring together their 13 years experience at Big Buddy, over 40 years of parenting and current neuroscience research in this accessible book on raising boys.

Our Boys looks at the trajectories of men's lives - based on the stories of over 650 men interviewed as part of Big Buddy's intensive screening process - and provides practical ways to raise emotionally, healthy, happy boys.

It's a down-to-earth guide to bringing up boys, following the course of their lives from birth through to manhood and explores the themes that shape them most - from the importance of authentic praise to choosing the right school and dealing with the dangers of alcohol, pornography and drugs.

It reminds us that becoming good parents is a journey that will involve a lot of trial and error. The trick when you stuff up is to get back up, dust yourself off, look the situation squarely in the eye, learn from it what you can, apologise if you need to and move on, knowing you’ll handle it differently next time.

Hopefully, some of the advice in Our Boys resonates with you as you navigate the pot-hole ridden path of parenting. Because it’s a roller-coaster that will take you on the most important journey of your life. You’ll learn more about yourself than you ever imagined, and not all of it will be pleasant! Be prepared for a wild ride.

Our Boys is available at all good bookstores or visit www.mightyape.co.nz or www.mightyape.com.au

Also available in e-book


Our Boys Book launched in Auckland

"A book full of parenting gems."

Tracey Sparksman, former Programme Design and Delivery Specialist, Mental Health Foundation.
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"If there is one thing Kiwi men could have had more of as boys, it is praise from their parents, says Richard Aston, CEO of Big Buddy, which matches fatherless boys with male mentors."

The Women's Weekly (NZ Edition)

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