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Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
Raising Cain Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys Author:Dan Kindlon, Michael Thompson, Teresa Barker In Raising Cain, Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., two of the country's leading child psychologists, share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting -- sad, afraid, angry, and silent. Kindlon and Thompson set o... more »ut to answer this basic, crucial question: What do boys need that they're not getting? They illuminate the forces that threaten our boys, teaching them to believe that "cool" equals macho strength and stoicism. Cutting through outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone," the authors shed light on the destructive emotional training our boys receive -- the emotional mis-education of boys.
Kindlon and Thompson make a compelling case that emotional literacy is the most valuable gift we can offer our sons, urging parents to recognize the price boys pay when we hold them to an impossible standard of manhood. They identify the social and emotional challenges that boys encounter in school and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness and empathy -- giving them the vital connections and support they need to navigate the social pressures of youth.« less
Matthew M. reviewed Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys on
Helpful Score: 4
I bought 10 copies of this book and gave them to my friends with boys-- and one copy for PaperBackSwap.com! I want to live in a world with men who are secure and connected to their emotions. Those men start as boys, and this book is a start at shaping them.
Large on distressing stories and small on useful advice. I am the mother of an active two year old son, and this did not give me much insight. Perhaps if I had a troublesome, withdrawn teenage son, this book would make me feel like I was not the first parent to suffer those frustrations... but it still wouldn't help me know what to do about it.
Renee K. reviewed Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys on
Helpful Score: 2
Excellent book! Please read this book before you have your son tested and medicated for ADD, ADHD . . . This book describes may of the shortfalls that boys have in the early years of schooling. It will make you rethink your sweet little man in the making!
Raising Cain by psychologists Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson was a series of anecdotes, study results, and conclusions about adolescent boys emotional lives and the resulting behaviors. The authors go into great detail explaining the complex nature of boys' emotions. I've always thought boys and men had simple, straightforward emotions, but this book has convinced me otherwise. This was an eye-opening book for me and one I would recommend for anyone who interacts with a boy (or boys) in their life.