How to Turn Boys into Men without a Man around the House: A Single Mother's Guide

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How Single Mothers Can Raise Exceptional Sons
If you are one of the millions of single mothers who is raising a son, you have unique questions and special concerns, such as: What is my role as a single mother? How can I be sure that my son grows up secure in his masculine identity? Single mothering asks a lot of a woman, but the end reward is unlike any other—a son who is well-balanced, well-adjusted as a man, and ready for life's challenges. ...
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How Single Mothers Can Raise Exceptional Sons
If you are one of the millions of single mothers who is raising a son, you have unique questions and special concerns, such as: What is my role as a single mother? How can I be sure that my son grows up secure in his masculine identity? Single mothering asks a lot of a woman, but the end reward is unlike any other—a son who is well-balanced, well-adjusted as a man, and ready for life's challenges.
Inside, you'll discover age-old wisdom combined with modern-day understanding that will help you deal with the tough issues of raising a son of any age, including attachment and separation, dependency and autonomy, and boundaries and privacy. You'll explore methods to build character, resilience, and identity, as well as find ways to foster healthy attitudes toward women and sex, promote educational and career success, and optimize the influence of your male friends. You'll also uncover ways to take better care of you, perhaps the most neglected aspect of being a single mom. And last, you'll learn how to prepare for the inevitable day you must eventually let your grown son go off to be a man.
"Immensely readable and informative, this is a much-needed road map for the journey single mothers and their sons travel together."
Lee Varon, Ph.D., author, Adopting on Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent
"Any single mother who reads this book will have the feeling that someone helpful is standing by her side."
Michael Thompson, Ph.D., author of Raising Cain and Best Friends, Worst Enemies
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USA Weekend Magazine
a terrific read that provides specific advice and support to help moms raise caring, compassionate sons.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761536307
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/22/2002
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Bromfield, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the author of Playing for Real and Handle with Care. He lives in Boston with his wife and two children.
Cheryl Erwin, M.A., is a marriage and family therapist and the coauthor of numerous books in Prima's POSITIVE DISCIPLINE series on raising great children. She lives in Reno, Nevada.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Note to Readers xvii
1. A Fine Young Man: From Beginning to End 1
2. It's a Boy: The Wisdom and News on Boys' Development 13
3. He Needs Me, He Needs Me Not: On Attaching, Separating, and Independence 35
4. Keep Out of My Stuff: Respecting Boundaries, Privacy, and Separateness 61
5. Like Hand in Glove, Like Oil and Water: Mixing and Matching Temperaments 83
6. Making One Good Man: Instilling Values and Morality 103
7. Do Fence Me In: The Nuts and Bolts of Discipline 125
8. Evel Knievel, Wear Your Raincoat: Fostering Self-Protectiveness and Resilience 147
9. Boys Will Be Boys Will Be... : Nurturing Solid Gender- and Self-Identity 179
10. From Casanova to Prince Charming: Encouraging Healthy Attitudes Toward Women and Sex 199
11. School Boys: Promoting Educational and Career Success 221
12. Men 'Round the House: Optimizing the Influence of Ex-Husbands, Boyfriends, and Other Male Role Models 247
13. MotherVision: Knowing Yourself and Your Blind Spots 271
14. Mothering Solo: Taking Care of You 289
15. Letting Go: Celebrating and Coping with the Inevitable 307
Notes 319
Index 323
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