ISBN: 9781936740390
eISBN: 9781936740499

Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life

by Pam Withers, Cynthia Gill, John Duffy

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.

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"Highlights the benefits of helping boys read."—Vancouver Sun

"Absolutely and utterly intriguing […] it has given me some terrific skills that i want to use with my own son."—Pat Thurston, KGO-AM/San Francisco

"As a mother of boys, this is a book about a subject close to my heart. I found great words of wisdom and many accessible, practical ideas and solutions here, with a goal to empower parents."—Parenting Express

"This book makes things like school and life seem much easier for a parent and a teen to conquer."—Savings for Sanity

"The authors turn fear and guilt into can-do confidence."—aznet news

"I recommend this to all parents of boys, especially moms."—Griffin's Honey

"I think all teachers can agree that more time spent reading and more parents modeling reading will help students, both boys and girls, become more enthusiastic readers!"—The Reading Zone

"A great read for anyone with boys, struggling or not. This book will help you help your son find success in school and their daily life just by encouraging them to be the best of themselves. A book that should be at the top of every parents list. A definitive two thumbs up and five stars for this book!"—Dayton Mom-Spot

"Jump Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life by Pam Withers and Cynthia Gill is a book that all moms who have boys need to have."—Giveaways 4 Mom

"The book was filled with interesting information and tips on how you can help your son become someone who is a lifelong learner and is successful in his studies."—One Crazy Kid

"Definitely a book that I would like to recommend to any and all parents of boys and teachers and educators as well."—Enchanted Chameleon

"For parents of boys, it’s a great book to help prepare for a new school year."—Chanhassen Villager

"Jump-Starting Boys is a great resource for parents and teachers of reluctant learners - especially boys. It is a must-read for anyone dealing with an underachieving — and contains a wealth of advice that can be instrumental is helping that learner find success in school — and in life!"—Teacher Tips and Lesson Plans

"Withers and Gill provide messages that foster parents, social workers, and independent living coordinators can share with their sons/ clients to help them choose to prepare for the workplace with better education."—Foster Care to Success

"A must read for all caregivers."—Maria's Space

"If you are a mom of boys you need this book in your life!"—Mami's Time Out

"Offers solid information for parents of boys."—Publishers Weekly

"My son's drive to succeed took a nosedive as he hit puberty, and it has taken several years to begin to see a turnaround. I was encouraged to find this empowering book on the subject, written by two women with experience in teaching, family therapy, and parenting. This book includes relatable stories and take-action checklists."—Foreword Reviews

"An excellent contribution to the existing body of literature, full of practical tips on how parents can help their sons achieve their best academically." —Library Journal (starred review), Julia M. Reffner

"A worthy book for parents."—Crux of the Matter

"Busy parents (I feel your pain!) will appreciate the format of this book that offers a positive spin on the issues that boys face: chapters are divided by useful subheadings and offer brief tips that can be implemented right away, along with quick-fire background ('Symptoms,' 'How Common,' 'Potential Causes') on what parents need to know on a particular topic."—Henrietta Thornton-Verma

"An indispensable resource for all parents of boys ages 7-17."—Lake Minnetonka Patch

"In an age when the culture of childhood is defined by digital screens, consumerist messaging, and cynically violent and sexualized media, Jump-Starting Boys provides sage advice on what parents can do to help kids – particularly boys – grow into responsible, happy, and well-rounded individuals. Encourage reading, help with homework, and limit screen time – these simple measures have proven effective time and again, as Pam Withers and Cynthia Gill show. A must read for parents, teachers, and anyone else concerned about children."—Joel Bakan, author of Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Your Children

“For parents who want to be sensitive to the struggles in their boys’ lives, here are wise words from two parents who have been through the struggles and lived to tell the tale. Jump-Starting Boys is loaded with hints from the experts, but it never strays far from the experience of raising boys in a world that is less and less sensitive to their needs.”—Michael Sullivan, author of Connecting Boys With Books and Connecting Boys With Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap

"Pam’s books have wide appeal to boys and girls, to avid and reluctant readers, to teens and to younger children who are looking for a challenging high-interest book."– British Columbia Teachers’ Federation newsletter

"This book makes an impact that will unlock potential, ignite passion and motivate both parents and boys toward success and satisfaction. I enthusiastically recommend it."--Judy Ford, LCSW, bestselling author of Wonderful Ways to Love a Child and and
Every Day Love 


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