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The Challenge of Raising Teenage Sons – New Book Reveals Parenting Secrets, it’s a ‘Man-Making Manual’ for ALL Families


BRISBANE, Australia March, 2013 – Raising teenage sons is no easy feat. In Australia today over 50% of marriages result in divorce, leaving many children confused. Even if parents are still together and mum says something different to dad, or the parents can’t agree on anything, or even be in the same room together, the job of growing up gets tougher. For teenage sons, this confusion often manifests in signs of rebellion, pushing the limits, acting out, withdrawing, spending less time with the family, and other behaviour that needs to be managed intelligently to avoid the potentially long and painful years of raising a teenage son.

Andy Roy, professional speaker and author of ‘Raising Teenage Boys’ says, “More and more the data points to parents needing to look at the changes they need to make rather than seeing the teenager’s behaviour as ‘the problem’. Previously all the attention is on the boy and his development and change. Now, it is known that his maturation and smooth transition through his teenage years is closely linked to his parents’ ability to change how they parent and how they interact with him. We have seen amazing turnarounds in problematic relationships when the boy only has to manage his own change and doesn’t have to carry the weight of change for the whole family.”

Andy’s new book – ‘Raising Teenage Boys – is a comprehensive ‘man-making manual’ for all parents of boys who are either facing real issues today or wanting to plan ahead and make these potentially troublesome years more manageable for everyone. This ‘how-to’ guide teaches parents how to raise a teenage son and provides help and advice for parents who are finding it hard to cope with the fact that their son has become a ‘stranger’, or who are struggling with ways to really ‘connect’ with their son.  A book like this is especially important to ensure that divorced parents are still parenting their teenage son in similar ways and providing a level of consistency at both homes which he needs at a time when everything else is changing.

In ‘Raising Teenage Boys’, Andy reveals that what has proven more effective is a 3-Step Strategy:

  1. Understanding the Big Picture;
  2. Adopting the correct Mindset; and
  3. Looking at strategies that are both practical and appropriate.

‘Raising Teenage Boys’ has parents and parenting experts alike raving of its effectiveness:

Heather Yelland Director of the world’s leading academic acceleration and life skills camp for children – SuperCamp Australia –shares, “Not since Steve Biddulph have we heard such a refreshing voice trumpeting the cause for raising our boys in a more engaged and present manner. Andy Roy makes this complex and complicated journey simple, clear and exceptionally emotionally engaged. Roy sets the social context beautifully, addresses the functionality of the teenage brain, and offers simple and easy to apply strategies that put parents on the same page (even separated ones!) and take the conflict out of the parent-child relationship. If all boys were raised according to Roy’s simple philosophy, I can’t help feeling that the world would be a very different place for young men and those they love. This book is a rite of passage for all those parents travelling the journey of raising teenage boys!”

To seek advice on how to raise a teenage son from someone who is currently doing it successfully, and speaking on stage around Australia on the topic, visit


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