Raising a Son: Parents and the Making of a Healthy Man

Raising a Son: Parents and the Making of a Healthy Man

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by Don Elium, Jeanne Elium
     
 

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Defines specific job descriptions for both fathers and mothers; describes the hidden problems of boy-specific needs, such as close contact with his father at age nine; and sets a new direction for parents and professionals in their task of supporting boys as they struggle to define themselves and find their place in the world.

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Defines specific job descriptions for both fathers and mothers; describes the hidden problems of boy-specific needs, such as close contact with his father at age nine; and sets a new direction for parents and professionals in their task of supporting boys as they struggle to define themselves and find their place in the world.

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Library Journal
While much has been written about raising children in general, the authors, both family counselors, focus specifically on the challenge of raising sons. They trace the history of pretechnological societies where rites of passage turned boys into men, noting that no such rites exist today in our society. Indeed, by puberty many boys have no father to look up to. The Eliums single out testosterone as the powerful driving force behind the actions of boys and men. Like Robert Bly's Iron John ( LJ 11/15/90), this book explores a new masculine identity, but from the standpoint of the parents' role. Included is a guide to the psyche of sons from birth to maturity. It is recommended for collections serving parents, teachers, counselors, and big brothers.-- Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890878118
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
307
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Don Elium is a marriage, family and child counselor. Jeanne Elium is a writer and communications facilitator at the East Bay Waldorf School. They live in Walnut Creek, California.

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Raising a Son 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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An excellent guidebook on how to raise your son into a man. This book isn't just about discipline and child-rearing, but is more about the journey boys make from childhood to adulthood and how their parents can help them complete the journey. The authors describe in detail the three stages of a boy's life and how their needs change from stage to stage, including their relationship with their parents. If you are a mom, who has found that your once good little boy has turned into a disrepectful big boy, this book will offer you some answers as to why this has happened and what to do about it. I found that it shed new light on the role I play as a mother to my son.