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outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone,"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.