Is it time to let boys be boys? Maybe this book points the way.
Summer is coming and soon, I will be entertaining 4 boys all day — of varying ages. There’s a new book out, The Dangerous Book for Boys, its up to #2 on Amazon already. (Click here to see the video. )
The authors, Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden, say, “I think we’ve become aware that the whole “health and safety” overprotective culture isn’t doing our sons any favors. Boys need to learn about risk. They need to fall off things occasionally, or–and this is the important bit–they’ll take worse risks on their own. If we do away with challenging playgrounds and cancel school trips for fear of being sued, we don’t end up with safer boys–we end up with them walking on train tracks. In the long run, it’s not safe at all to keep our boys in the house with a Playstation. It’s not good for their health or their safety.”
The book promises several things:
- The Greatest Paper Airplane in the World
The Five Knots Every Boy Should Know
Making a Bow and Arrow
Timers and Tripwires
Famous Battles-Including Lexington and Concord, The Alamo, and Gettysburg
Spies-Codes and Ciphers
Navajo Code Talkers’ Dictionary
Timeline of American History
I know that the book will to the adaptation of necessary skills — experiences for every boy — and every parent of boys to “live through.” Looking back, I’m sure all the projects we attempt this summer will be fondly recalled happily, without all of the frustration that I experience in the present moment.