Introduction 6; The importance of understanding how boys differ from girls and how to make the most of these differences; Chapter 1: What makes a boy? 8; The role of biology and sex hormones in shaping how a boy thinks and behaves; Effects of the male hormone testosterone on prenatal development; How testosterone determines differences in the.
Table of Contents
Introduction 6; The importance of understanding how boys differ from girls and how to make the most of these differences; Chapter 1: What makes a boy? 8; The role of biology and sex hormones in shaping how a boy thinks and behaves; Effects of the male hormone testosterone on prenatal development; How testosterone determines differences in the brain's structure and developmental timetable from birth to the teenage years and later life; Nature and nurture; Chapter 2: How do boys communicate? 28; In what way do boys communicate differently from girls? Sensitive periods for visual and listening skills in boys and their effect on language development; How parents can encourage boys to express themselves; Chapter 3: Emotional life 48; How do boys handle their emotions? How parents can help boys deal with feelings of fear, frustration, aggression, anger and insecurity; Helping boys with social skills, bonding and relationships; Chapter 4: Are boys the weaker sex? 70; Physical development, growth patterns and health issues; Factors that put boys more at risk, including birth injury, autism and attention deficit disorder; Practical issues including toilet training in boys, sexual urges and orientation, diet and exercise; Chapter 5: Boys in motion 92; How boys and girls develop balance, movement and hand-eye co-ordination; Areas of superiority and weakness in boys and girls; Risk factors associated with boys; Boys and sport; Chapter 6: Education 112; What do teachers have to say about boys' progress at school? Which subjects do they tend to do best in? Sex differences predisposing boys to success or failure in reading; How boys and girls differ in their logical thinking skills, visual-spatial abilities, musical and creative thinking; How to capitalize on boys' natural curiosity; Chapter 7: Making a man 134; Latest research findings on what influences the male personality; Teenage boys - why they behave the way they do and how to deal with the turbulent years; Society's expectations; Index 158
Dr Bonnie Macmillan B.Ed., M.A., PhD is an educational psychologist. She has almost 30 years' experience of teaching young children, as well as conducting and analysing experimental research on reading methods, learning, memory and children's brain development.