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Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys Paperback – April 4, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
Kindlon and Thompson begin with the story of Cain, which is immediately disorienting. In a good way. I've always been puzzled about why God was so mad at Cain. I believe the fruit Cain offered was beautiful, so why was it of lesser value? I never thought God was fair to Cain, though admittedly Cain did react badly. So immediately you're in the state of mind to question perceptions about males as well as male perception (and reaction).
I didn't find any intellectual oneupsmanship over which gender's got it worse. Instead I saw: Boys are different, and here's what some of the differences are and why that's so, and how you can deal with that. I feel much better prepared for the many talks I hope I'll have with my children over the years. Important talks that I want to be transformative rather than reactionary or alienating.
This isn't just a book for the parents of adolescent boys, either. The authors make the point many times that giving boys an emotional education is imperative -- teaching them to recognize various emotions as physical cues and with emotional consequences. More importantly, the authors then cite cases from their clinical backgrounds and make down-to-earth suggestions about what to do to catch these problems and help our children.Read more ›
Raising Cain opened my eyes in many aspects. It is written well and it makes no assumptions about the level of knowledge of the reader. It talks about the relationship between the boy and the father and between the boy and the mather, then it talks about general attitude of society on boys with short comparisons with the girls world. The books continues in discussing boys' psychology explaining how their inner world is built, what factors influence it most and consequences of their influence. It talks about drinking, drugs, sex and violence.
There are some very good positive points that I took with me and there are some points that are missing from the book despite the fact that they are quite important.
I can summarise the book by saying that it does a very good job explaining the need of talking to our sons and helping them to see their feelings as a way of diffusing tension, but it fails (in my view) in providing the tools that parent can use in implementing this concept.
The books showed clearly that the lack of fathers' positive involvment in sons education causes a lot of damage in the long term.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every parent with a boy should have this book. It is like a realistic manual for what to expect.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Upon hearing the fantastic news that my good friend was having a baby and, later, that it will be a boy, I carefully chose which gifts to offer in celebration. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chelsea
I felt this book had tons of war stories from the authors regarding what they have seen with boys but not enough on how to correct challenging behavior.Published 2 months ago by Baby monitor father
I would say this is required reading it parents of boys....Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Should be a required read for anyone raising sons. Excellent.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer