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10th anniversary Edition of He'll Be OK

The tenth anniversary edition of Celia Lashlie’s parenting classic available now

He’ll be Ok: growing gorgeous boys into good men

The untimely death of Celia Lashlie in February robbed us of a powerful voice of reason and compassion – a voice that is arguably needed now even more than when her iconic book He’ll Be OK was first published in 2005.

Celia recognised that another generation of parents had emerged since she wrote the book, and that the world had not stopped changing in the meantime. So in 2014 a tenth anniversary edition was planned. While Celia was tragically not able to see its completion, the new book reflects her ongoing commitment to raising boys to be good men.

The tenth anniversary edition of He’ll Be OK is also a fitting tribute to Celia’s work and to its timeless relevance. How do you raise boys to become good men in a world where trouble beckons at every turn? How do you make sure they learn the ‘right’ lessons, stay out of danger, to find a path to follow? How do you ensure they’ll be OK?

After 15 years working in prisons, Celia knew what happened when boys made wrong choices. She had worked on a number of projects linked to improving the lives of at-risk children and empowering families to find their own solutions to challenges they were facing. She knew what it was like to be a parent – she raised a son and daughter on her own.

Celia’s insights into what boys need and what parents could do to help them were ground-breaking. He’ll be OK proved this, and became a bestseller upon publication in 2005. It remains one of the most popular books on the parenting in Australasia.

The new edition of Celia’s honest, no-nonsense book includes a foreword by Michael Thompson PhD, an American clinical psychologist and co-author of the best-selling Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. ‘Celia understands you cannot hope to change the life of boys with mistrust, over-supervision and punishment,’ he says in his foreword. ‘They worked with Celia because they knew she had a deep respect for their lives.’

Also included is an introduction by Celia’s own gorgeous boy, Gene Hyde, and a selection of summarised letters from parents for which Celia’s answers represent many of the concerns she dealt with during her years as a speaker and author.

Celia Lashlie is also the author of The Journey to Prison: Who Goes and Why and The Power of Mothers: Releasing Our Children.


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