So what then can a mother doto make sure her sons grow to love themselves and others? PatriciaJoseph offers many chapters that are full of everyday common sense, thestuff we essentially all know but often fail to remember. She keeps thechapters short and sums each up in 2 or 3 points. She has researched her subject extensively and includes a bibliography to support herstatements. And she delivers it all in easy, conversational languagesuch as she might use if she were chatting with you over a cup ofcoffee. The proof of Patricia Joseph's wisdom is her three black sons of whom she is justifiably proud. If what she suggests worked for her, itcan work for others. For that matter, Raising Black Boys to Men is aquick, worthwhile read, even if your sons aren't black! --Viga Boland, Readers' Favorite
From the Inside Flap
In her own words, Joseph's motivation for writing this book was simply a mother's plea to "Save our Sons."
Some might see Joseph's strategies for child rearing: start early, be an example, teach respect, assign chores, etc. as outdated. Others may see her strategies as too simplistic, even naïve. While not claiming to know all the answers, nor seeking validation for her success in raising so-called 'good sons' she simply shares what worked for her. Any validation that her methods and strategies worked, have been from others commenting on "what decent young men her sons turned out to be." Or that they are "the kind of young men that any mother would want for sons."
Is Raising Black Boys to Men: A Mother's Guide to Raising Thugless Sons for everyone? Yes. Although, it's intended specifically for African American mothers who face specific challenges in raising sons. Whether readers agree with her strategies or not, or believe that they can work in today's society of instant gratification, and our need for constant connectivity to outside stimulants or not, Joseph's book written to share tried and true methods of the past, is also written with the future in mind. Even in our darkest of hours, Joseph's book serves as a beacon of light.
Carol Gee, M.A.
Educator and Author, The Venus Chronicles and Diary of a 'Flygirl' Wannabe