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Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
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Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, lecturer, consultant, and former seventh-grade teacher. He conducts workshops across the United States and internationally on social cruelty, children’s friendships, and boys’ development. With Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., he co-authored the New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, which was adapted into an acclaimed documentary shown on PBS. With Teresa H. Barker he co-authored The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life and Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons. With Catherine O’Neill Grace and Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., he co-authored Best... Read More

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Raising Cain
Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
Written by Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $15.00

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. Cutting through outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone," the... Read more >
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Raising Cain
Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
Written by Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D.


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 5, 2009
Price: $13.99

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Homesick and Happy
How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow
Written by Michael Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $16.00

An insightful and powerful look at the magic of summer camp—and why it is so important for children to be away from home . . . if only for a little while.

In an age when it’s the rare child who walks to school on his own, the thought of sending your... Read more >
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Homesick and Happy
How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow
Written by Michael Thompson


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Best Friends, Worst Enemies
Understanding the Social Lives of Children
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Cathe O'Neill-Grace


Format: eBook
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 24, 2001
Price: $13.99

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Best Friends, Worst Enemies
Understanding the Social Lives of Children
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Cathe O'Neill-Grace


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 30, 2002
Price: $16.00

From the bestselling author of Raising Cain and Speaking of Boys, this book examines the issue of children’s friendships combining anecdotes and real-life examples with cutting-edge theory. Illuminating the social world of children, Best Friends, Worst Enemies addresses such issues as: the developmental stages of children’s friendships; cliques; popularity; bullies and... Read more >
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It's a Boy!
Your Son's Development from Birth to Age 18
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Teresa Barker


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $17.00

It’s a Boy! provides expert advice on the developmental, psychological, social, emotional, and academic life of boys from infancy through the teen years. Exploring the many ways in which boys strive for masculinity and attempt to define themselves, psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph.D., a leading international expert on boys’ development, and journalist... Read more >
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It's a Boy!
Your Son's Development from Birth to Age 18
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Teresa Barker


Format: eBook
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 5, 2008
Price: $12.99

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Mom, They're Teasing Me
Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 3, 2004
Price: $15.00

Parents, teachers, child psychologists, and children agree: Childhood can be a traumatic time. Kids frequently face peer rejection, name-calling, bullying, after-school fights, esteem-crushing cliques, and malicious exclusion by the popular kids. And adults often feel powerless to help the victims of this abuse. Through vividly written case studies and a question-and-answer... Read more >
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Mom, They're Teasing Me
Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D.


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 18, 2008
Price: $13.99

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The Pressured Child
Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 30, 2005
Price: $14.95

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The Pressured Child
Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D.


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 17, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Speaking of Boys
Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Teresa Barker


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 1, 2000
Price: $14.95

With the bestselling book Raising Cain, Michael Thompson, Ph.D., at last broke the silence surrounding the emotional life of boys and spearheaded an important national debate.

With candid questions and detailed responses, Speaking of Boys covers important topics such as peer pressure, ADHD/ADD, and body image as well as traditional issues such... Read more >
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Speaking of Boys
Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Teresa Barker


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 23, 2009
Price: $13.99

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