this extraordinary book helps mothers explore the challenges, frustration, pain and joy that are unique to raising sons.”
—Washington Post Book World
A son’s physical, emotional, and psychological development differs vastly from that of a daughter’s — and raising a son can pose unique challenges for a mother. With great clarity and sensitivity, this groundbreaking book from Dr. Evelyn Bassoff, acclaimed psychologist and author of Mothers and Daughters, explains how mothers can remain nurturing presences in their sons’ lives throughout their many transitions. She details the important role a father plays in a son’s growth, and how mothers can support and celebrate their sons’ masculine energy — whether it manifests itself in a love of playing football or playing piano. Dr. Bassoff also illuminates the varied demands of raising sons for married and single mothers, stepmothers, and mothers of gay sons.
Drawing upon the best available research, as well as myths, legends, her experience raising her own son, and the personal stories of clients and friends, Dr. Bassoff offers an invaluable perspective on what mothers can do to insure that their sons become vital, loving men.