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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Sartoris Literary Group (March 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615609503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615609508
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mardi Allen, Ph.D. and James L. Dickerson are co-authors of “How to Screen Adoptive and Foster Parents: A Workbook for Professionals and Students” and “The Basics of Adoption: A Guide for Building Families in the U.S. and Canada.” Dr. Allen is a psychologist who counsels families in private practice, clinical liaison for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, and a former president of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Dickerson is a social work innovator who has developed new programs such as the Foster Parent Syndrome, a screening procedure for selecting adoptive and foster parents, and “You’ve Got a Friend,” a federally funded socialization program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, he is the author of two health-related books, “Cirrhosis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed” and “Yellow Fever: A Deadly Disease Poised to Kill Again.”

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Ok, I haven't read this book and do not intend to.
Tiffany Hathorn
I've read lots of books on this subject, but this one is different because it offers practical advice on things a mother can do to help her son have a better life.
Nurse Maria
And, of course, in the occurrence of divorce one should always say happy things about the father and try to get along and not be selfish... Um, duh!
Andrea Howell

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Howell on October 18, 2013
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I did not enjoy this book. There were some useful tidbits of information and tips, but most of it was common knowledge embedded in tedious amounts of digression. I understand that the writers have a PHd, but they need to realize that the rest of the world can comprehend beyond a third-grade level. Their credentials are enough that the facts can simply be stated, perhaps with the research, but without all the stories. Might have been wiser to 'empathize' with the extremely busy single moms, this book is geared towards, who don't have time for all the fluff. 10% of the book was spent explaining how likely it is that my son will grow up to be a maladjusted criminal, and labelling the majority of fatherless boys as 'Unfriendly World' children, which put me on the defensive, right out of the gate. It went on to say that women should put up with everything short of taking a beating to avoid losing the father. And, of course, in the occurrence of divorce one should always say happy things about the father and try to get along and not be selfish... Um, duh!
There was no chapter on sons born from rape, which I would have liked to see, containing just simple facts, how and when to explain it, without any derogatory labels, or prophesies of doom.
The book also speaks in a lot of absolutes that can be contradictory, depending on the point the authors are trying to make. Instead of saying what's possible, what to watch for, and what to do about it, it just plainly says, 'without a supportive father, this WILL happen, and very few of you solitary mothers will be able to do anything about it without finding a man to help you.' Which basically summarizes the entire book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DOBBY on February 28, 2012
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THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR ALL MOMS WHO ARE TRYING TO DO IT ALONE. THE BOOK HELPS THE MOTHER GET RID OF THE GUILT OF THEIR SON'S SITUATION AND HELPS THEM FIND SOLUTIONS. SONS WITHOUT FATHERS CREATE A MAJOR SOCIETAL CRISIS THAT AFFECTS EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES. PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, FRIENDS, TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ALL HAVE SOME RESPONSIBILITY TO THESE YOUNG MEN WHO ARE SUFFERING WITHOUT A FATHER IN THEIR LIVES. IF THE MATURE ADULTS DON'T MAKE CHANGES SOON WE WILL ALL PAY A HUGE PRICE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF A GENERATION OF ANGRY, DEPRESSED YOUNG MEN. THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT BLAME OR POINTING FINGERS, IT SIMPLY OFFERS ENCOURAGEMENT AND TIPS ON FACING THE REALITY AND MOVING ON EITHER BY RE-CONNECTION OF THE SON WITH HIS FATHER OR FINDING THE PROPER ROLE MODELS TO TAKE HIS PLACE. THE AUTHORS INCLUDE RELEVANT RESEARCH TO HELP THE READER UNDERSTAND AND TRUST THE RECOMMENDATIONS GIVEN. AS A COLLEGE PROFESSOR, I HAVE WITNESSED SIMILAR SITUATIONS TO THOSE GIVEN IN THE BOOK. I WISH I HAD KNOWN THIS INFORMATION FOR YEARS TO HELP MANY HURTING MOTHERS MOVE BEYOND THEIR PERSONAL PAIN FROM DIVORCE OR WHATEVER CREATED THE LOSS OF THE FATHER TO TURNING THEIR FOCUS ON GETTING THEIR SONS IN THE PRESENCE OF ADULT MALE ROLE MODELS. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK FOR SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL WORK, PSYCHOLOGY OR COUNSELING PROFESSIONALS, NOT TO MENTION ANY MOM FACING THE TASK OF REARING HER SON WITHOUT HIS FATHER. FRANCES TABB ALLEN
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The book begins with a photo of the saddest Little League player you've ever seen. It gets more depressing from there.

Yes, we all know that growing up without a father has disadvantages. Instead of ramming that point home again and again, focus more on what mothers can do about it.

I was especially disappointed with the postscript, "Become an Activist for Your Son." I was expecting practical, concrete suggestions that I could implement to advocate for my son on a personal, everyday level.

Instead, I found blather about welfare and health-care reform and other such things.

Let me pencil social activism into my already overwhelming schedule.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nurse Maria on March 6, 2012
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I read this book on my friend's Kindle, but I just ordered a print copy because I like it so much and want to have it in paperback to use as a reference.

I've read lots of books on this subject, but this one is different because it offers practical advice on things a mother can do to help her son have a better life.

Growing up without a father is a big deal for both sons and daughters, but boys are especially at risk if they don't have male role models. This book offers real hope.

I read a book these authors wrote on adoption and I enjoyed it very much, especially the part about single-parent adoption.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Hathorn on April 19, 2014
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Ok, I haven't read this book and do not intend to. The description alone sounds like it was written by someone who is not a single mom and has a vendetta against them. It seems like it is just going to be one long, critical diatribe about how single moms are ruining the world because they can't possibly do anything that would result in their sons becoming good citizens of this world. Basically, because our sons do not have their biological fathers around, they are destined to become lazy, good-for-nothing criminals who go on to abandon their children.

Forget the fact that the father isn't the only male that could be in their life. Because single moms can't possibly know any GOOD men that could be positive role models. These lost boys obviously don't have access to grandfathers, uncles, cousins, godfathers, neighbors, people at church, etc. The only male in the whole entire world that could possibly raise them properly is their father. Who, let's face it, is probably not in their life by choice. Yeah, that guy is the only one who could save them from a life not even worth living. Wow. Just goes to show that having a PhD doesn't mean that everything you say is meaningful or correct. I guess all single moms should just give up and leave their sons on the doorsteps of a "proper" family? Problem solved.

Or, instead of focusing on being a great role model yourself, you should just go out and marry the next guy that walks past, because ANY GUY is able to do for your son 1000 times better than you ever could. There is absolutely no way in the world that you sucky, horrible single moms can do anything right by your sons. So don't even try it.

Judging by the reviews, this is pretty much the message that some people got after reading it. I got the message just from the description. No thanks. I'll read this book when I am in the mood to get pissed off or become depressed.

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