The Mama's Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger

The Mama's Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger

by Kate Stone Lombardi
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The Mama's Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger by Kate Stone Lombardi

A New York Times contributor offers a radical reexamination of a hot-button issue of the mother and son relationship and advocates the end of the "mama's boy" taboo.

New York Times contributor Kate Stone Lombardi unveils the surprisingly close relationship between mothers and sons. Mother after mother confessed to Lombardi that her husband, brothers, and even female friends and family criticize the fact that she is "too close" to her sons. Many of these women are often startled by the strong connection they feel with their sons; but rarely do they talk about it because society tells them to push their little boys away and not "baby" them with too much cuddling and comforting. It is as if there were an existing playbook-based on gender preconceptions dating back to Freud, Oedipus, and beyond-that prescribes the way mothers and their sons should interact.

Lombardi's much-needed narrative is the first and only book to share truly revealing interviews with mothers who have close relationships with their sons, as well as interviews with these women's sons and husbands. Lombardi persuasively argues that the rise of the new male-one who is more emotionally intelligent and more sensitive without being less "manly"-is directly attributable to women who are rejecting the "mama's boy" taboo. Highlighting new scientific studies, The Mama's Boy Myth begins a fresh story-one that will be welcomed by mothers, fathers, and sons alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101561096
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 652 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Stone Lombardi has contributed to The New York Times for the last twenty years. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Parenting, and Ladies Home Journal. She has won six Clarion Awards for journalism from Women in Communications. A graduate of Williams College with an MS in journalism from Columbia University, Lombardi is the mother of two adult children and lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, Michael.

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The Mama's Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Very interesting and thought provoking. I would highly recommend.
N-Robinson More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It offered a candid look at the difficulty that mothers face when raising sons. The statistics and research on parenting and families was compelling without being too much. The book is full of great facts (ie early psychologists blamed mothers for Schizophrenia and Autism). I would recommend the book to a friend (even if they were not parenting a son).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting read for all mothers of sons, but also for all mothers as well as anyone interested in women's rights. Very intriguing.