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Title Wild boys : a parent's story of tough love / Helena Pastor.
Imprint St Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 2015.


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Subject Pastor, Helena.
Mothers and sons -- Australia.
Motherhood -- Australia.
Youth -- Services for -- Australia.
Youth workers -- Australia.
Youth -- Australia -- Life skills guides.
Genre Life skills guides.
Contents Cover -- Author biography -- Title page -- Imprint page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Prologue -- I Autumn-Winter 2007 -- II Spring-Summer 2007 -- III Summer-Autumn 2008 -- IV Winter-Spring 2008 -- V Summer 2008/09 -- VI Autumn-Summer 2009 -- VII Autumn-Summer 2010 -- VIII Autumn-Winter 2011 -- Photograph -- Epilogue Summer 2014 -- Acknowledgements -- A word from Bernie.
Summary Wild Boys For too long, Helena, a mother of four boys, has allowed her eldest son to call the shots. Even though 17-year-old Joey no longer lives in the family home, she does his washing, cooks his meals, hands over money for his groceries, and spends her nights driving him around town. Into Helena's troubled life comes charismatic youth worker Bernie Shakeshaft. After hearing Bernie speak on the radio about his successful youth welding project, Helena thinks she's found the answer for her son. Joey doesn't want to be involved but, in his place, Helena goes along to the welding shed. Over the next few years, she watches and learns as Bernie, using wisdom gained from Aboriginal elders during his time as a stockman in central Australia, teaches the young men involved to "man up. "Through his unique methods, Bernie changes the lives of all those around him, including Helena, who transforms into the Mistress of Tough Love and begins to heal her relationship with her son.