Raising Cain - Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

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Dan Kindlon, Michael Thompson
298 pages
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In Raising Cain, Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., two ofthe country's leading child psychologists, share what they have learnedin more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boysand their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting--sad,afraid, angry, and silent. Kindlon and Thompson set out to answer thisbasic, crucial question: What do boys need that they're not getting?They illuminate the forces that threaten our boys, teaching them tobelieve that "cool" equals macho strength and stoicism. Cutting throughoutdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone,"the authors shed light on the destructive emotional training our boysreceive--the emotional miseducation of boys.

Kindlon and Thompsonmake a compelling case that emotional literacy is the most valuablegift we can offer our sons, urging parents to recognize the price boyspay when we hold them to an impossible standard of manhood. Theyidentify the social and emotional challenges that boys encounter inschool and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awarenessand empathy--giving them the vital connections and support they need tonavigate the social pressures of youth.