Turning boys into men


“Teenage boys need fathers as role models.” Steve Biddulph.

Nothing new there.

Steve Biddulph is a lighthouse to many fathers who are battered on the seas of anti-fatherhood.

Boys became his focus because, as he wrote in the original edition of Raising Boys, 17 years ago, “the ethics of my work is to go where there is a catastrophe going on”.

Boys then were in trouble: five times more likely to have problems at school, and three times more likely to die before the age of 21.

Fathers, he says, are boys’ security and role models. Much ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is, he believes, DDD – Dad Deficiency Disorder – because “to become a good man, you have to know good men”.

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