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‘Boys Adrift’ helps parents motivate and engage young men

November 2, 2016 0 Comments


What do you do when a report card comes in that shows your son is barely passing his classes? When you try to talk to him, he doesn’t seem to care. The only thing on his mind is his video game, sports or favorite TV show. What do parents do when their offspring has decided not to try and not to care about it?

Not all boys face this problem, but the parents of those who do may feel like they are at their wits’ end. Thankfully, that is where Leonard Sax seeks to provide help. In his book Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men,” Sax explains why boys and young men are struggling when they are at school and then come home only to disengage further.

Drawing on scientific literature and more than 20 years of clinical experience, Sax’s book shows how social, cultural and biological factors are breeding an environment that can be toxic to boys. The book also presents practical solutions, providing readers with strategies that educators have found effective for the task of re-engaging these boys at school, Sax also includes some handy tips for parents about everything from homework to videogames to medication management.

What readers think

White River Academy is recommending this book for the parents and loved ones whose boys are residing at the school. White River wouldn’t do this without knowing about how the book was received by other professionals.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, Sax’s book is “powerfully and persuasively presented” with “excellent and informative references and information.” Similarly, Dr. Mehmet Oz calls it a “must-read for any parent of boys.”

About the author

Leonard Sax graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and went on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned both a Ph.D. in psychology, and an M.D. His other published works include “Why Gender Matters,” “Girls on the Edge” and
“The Collapse of Parenting.”

Dr. Sax has spoken on child and adolescent development in multiple countries and has appeared on the “Today” show, CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, PBS, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and many other national and international media.

Dr. Sax lives with his wife and daughter in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and returned to clinical practice in 2013. To learn more about Dr. Sax, you can visit his site, www.LeonardSax.com.

About this author

Brianna Gibbons graduated from Westmont College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In her spare time, Brianna loves to read, write, knit, travel, dote on her pets and randomly go on small adventures with friends. 

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