Raising Cain

Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
Kindlon, Daniel J. (Book - 2000)
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Raising Cain
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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 Cutting through outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone," the authors shed light on the destructive emotional training our boys receive--the emotional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.
Authors: Kindlon, Daniel J. (Daniel James), 1953-
Title: Raising Cain
protecting the emotional life of boys
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2000.
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed.
Characteristics: xix, 298 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: "A living planet book."
Originally published: 1999. With new pref. and reader's companion.
Local Note: 15 210 234 243 245
Additional Contributors: Barker, Teresa
Thompson, Michael 1947-
ISBN: 0345434854
Statement of Responsibility: Dan Kindlon, Michael Thompson with Teresa Barker
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 276-287).
Subject Headings: Masculinity. Sex role in children. Emotions in adolescence. Emotions in children. Boys Psychology.
Topical Term: Masculinity.
Sex role in children.
Emotions in adolescence.
Emotions in children.
LCCN: 00190036
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Jun 11, 2012
  • Villainelle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Though I'm skeptical of the premise of one universal boy experience, Raising Cain certainly made me aware of certain social and emotional pressures that my son will likely face, many of which I was never aware of because, well, I've never been a boy. I look forward to hearing my husband's perspective on the book, as well as discussing with him the healthy emotional habits we want to create together as parents and encourage in our son.


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