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Book Review—He’s Not Lazy: Empowering Boys to Believe in Themselves 

In He’s Not Lazy, clinical psychologist Adam Price highlights the physical and emotional changes in adolescence that can lead to boys being misunderstood and mislabeled as unmotivated or lazy.

Confusion about expectations, feelings of inadequacy, fear of failure, and unsupported learning styles impact all children—but especially boys.

The resulting problem is felt in households across the country.

Many teen boys struggle to cope with their suppressed emotions and will shut down and tune out when they don’t feel heard by teachers or parents. Boys are sensitive to the stress of competitive, achievement-based academics. The push for success at increasingly earlier ages can exacerbate the concerns of boys who aren’t performing to expectations.

Calling on over two decades of experience working with children and teens, Price addresses the issues of underperforming boys who opt out of the mounting pressure to succeed by turning their backs on academic expectations.

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Using real-life examples, Price offers parents actionable advice that is backed by clinical research and case studies.

According to Price, the first, and most important, step in motivating our teenage sons is to adjust our own expectations and attitudes. Price encourages parents to become their child’s ally by building his self-confidence and encouraging self-reliance. He’s Not Lazy includes scientifically proven data and charts, along with practical suggestions for offering support to struggling teens. By following Price’s guidelines, parents can help their sons create a blueprint for improvement—grounded in understanding and acceptance.

The overall message of He’s Not Lazy is encouraging and hopeful. Parents gain valuable tools and insight for understanding the roots of teenage behavior and motivation, and breaking the cycle of negativity. Price offers encouragement and inspiration to parents who have been told their sons aren’t trying hard enough or aren’t engaging in the classroom. It’s a much-needed antidote to a world focused on test scores and traditional markers for success.

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Kristina Wright is the digital editor at Your Teen.

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