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Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boysby Ph.D. Dan Kindlon and Ph.D. Michael Thompson
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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 Cutting through outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone," the authors shed light on the destructive emotional training our boys receive — the emotional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.
"A genuine enthusiasm for their subject shines through the pages of this enormously compelling book....This thoughtful book is recommended for parents, teachers or anyone with a vested interest in raising happy, healthy, emotionally whole young men." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Brilliant....This affectionate, encouraging book should be require reading for anyone raising — or educating — a boy." The Washington Post
"Raising Cain helps us understand the inner lives of boys much as Mary Pipher's Raising Ophelia shed light on the struggle of the adolescent girl." The Tampa Tribune-Times
"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
"Valuable advice to parents who want to help their sons develop emotional awareness and empathy as tools to navigate the social pressures of youth." Boston Herald
"[The authors] make a passionate and compelling case that emotional literacy is the most valuable gift that we can offer our sons. Highly recommended." Library Journal
An expert in child development from Harvard and a preeminent child psychologist offer groundbreaking guidance for parents and educators of boys in crisis. They shine a light on the physical and emotional well-being of teenage boys and the unique risks and dangers they face during the most pivotal time of their lives.
About the Author
Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., a member of the Harvard University faculty for the past fifteen years, teaches child psychology and conducts research in child development. A leading researcher, Dr. Kindlon has a private psychotherapy practice specializing in boys and their families, and for the past ten years he has been the psychological consultant to an independent school for boys in Boston.
Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is a preeminent child psychologist who lectures widely on topics pertaining to the development of boys and also conducts problem-solving workshops with parents, teachers, and students around the country. A highly sought-after consultant to schools, Dr. Thompson is currently the staff psychologist of an all-boys independent school in the Boston area. The coauthor with Edward Hallowell, M.D., of Finding the Heart of the Child, Dr. Thompson has worked for more than fifteen years as a child and family therapist.
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