Raising Cain: Protecting The Emotional Life Of Boys

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Offers Insight Into The Behaviors And Feelings Of Boys, Examining The Question Of What Boys Need To Become Emotionally Whole Men, And Arguing That American Culture Is Forcing Boys Into Lives Of Isolation, Shame, And Anger By Suppressing Their Emotional Lives In Service To Ideals Of Manhood. The Road Not Taken: Turning Boys Away From Their Inner Life -- Thorns Among Roses: The Struggle Of Young Boys In Early Education -- The High Cost Of Harsh Discipline -- The Culture Of Cruelty -- Fathers And Sons: A Legacy Of Desire And Distance -- Mothers And Sons: A Story Of Connection And Change -- Inside The Fortress Of Solitude -- Boys' Struggle With Depression And Suicide -- Drinking And Drugs: Filling The Emotional Void -- Romancing The Stone: From Heartfelt To Heartless Relations With Girls -- Anger And Violence -- What Boys Need. Dan Kindlon, Michael Thompson With Teresa Barker. Originally Published: 1999. With New Pref. And Reader's Companion. A Living Planet Book. Includes Bibliographical References (p. 276-287).

Authors : Dan Kindlon, Michael Thompson

Publisher : Ballantine Books

Published Year : 2000

Edition : 1

Format : print - Paperback, 298 pages

Subject : Boys--Psychology, Emotions in children, Emotions in adolescence, Sex role in children, Masculinity, Garçons--Psychologie, Émotions chez l'enfant, Émotions chez l'adolescent, Rôle selon le sexe chez l'enfant, Masculinité, HQ755 .K56 2000, 305.23 KIN

Language : English

Dimensions : xix, 298 p. ; 21 cm.

ISBN : 0345434854

ISBN13 : 9780345434852

Overview :

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 out 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 Cutting through outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone," the authors shed light on the destructive emotional training our boys receive--the emotional miseducation 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.