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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 Cutting through outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone," the authors shed light on the destructive emotional training our boys receive-the emotional miseducation of boys.
Included also is an accompanying section with discussion questions and an insightful author interview.
"Raising Cain is an important book and a fascinating read. Kindlon and Thompson are persuasive in their argument that it would be good for boys to become more 'emotionally literate,' to understand their feeling and those of others more. Parents and teachers will welcome the valuable suggestions for how to stay tuned in to a boy, while respecting his autonomy. Raising Cain gives us a much-needed glimpse into the inner lives of boys. I found it quite absorbing."—Eleanor Maccoby, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
"Raising Cain gives a long-needed insight into that mysterious, magical land, the psyches of boys. Every parent, teacher-or anyone who wants boys to flourish-should read this book."—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
"Enormously compelling...In much the same way that Reviving Ophelia offered new models for raising girls, therapists Kindlon and Thompson argue that boys desperately need a new standard of 'emotional literacy."...This thoughtful book is recommended for parents, teachers, or anyone with a vested interest in raising happy, healthy, emotionally whole young men."—Publisher's Weekly, starred review
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Introduction; 1. The Road Not Taken: Turning Boys Away from Their Inner Life; 2. Thorns Among Roses: The Struggle of Young Boys in Early Education; 3. The High Cost of Harsh Discipline; 4. The Culture of Cruelty; 5. Fathers and Sons: A Legacy of Desire and Distance; 6. Mothers and Sons: A Story of Connection and Change; 7. Inside the Fortress of Solitude; 8. Boys' Struggle with Depression and Suicide; 10. Romancing the Stone: From Heartfelt to Heartless Relations with Girls; 11. Anger and Violence; 12. What Boys Need; Acknowledgments; Notes; References; A Reader's Companion