Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons (Paperback)

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My eight-year-old son is the only boy in his class who doesn't have a Gameboy. I don't want him to be ostracized for not having one, but I worry that it's addictive. What do you think?

Our two sons are eleven and fourteen, and they are fiercely competitive. The tension around our house is awful. How can we help them get along better?

We've worked very hard to keep our ten-year-old son in touch with his feelings. Sometimes it seems as if we've put him at a disadvantage, surrounded by tougher boys who can be pretty cruel with teasing. How can we help him protect himself when other boys start to tease?

With his bestselling book Raising Cain, Michael Thompson, Ph.D., at last broke the silence surrounding the emotional life of boys and spearheaded an important national debate. His warmth and humor quickly made him a popular and respected international speaker and consultant. Now he directs his authority, insight, and eloquence to answering your questions about raising a son. With candid questions and thoughtful, detailed responses, Speaking of Boys covers hot-button topics such as peer pressure, ADHD/ADD, and body image as well as traditional issues such as friendship, divorce, and college and career development. This perceptive, informative, and passionate book will leave you not only with useful, practical advice but also with the comforting knowledge that other parents share the same concerns you do when it comes to raising our boys into well-adjusted, responsible men.

About the Author


Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, lecturer, consultant, and former seventh-grade teacher. He conducts workshops on social cruelty, children’ s friendships, and boys’ development across the United States. He is the author of "Speaking of Boys" and coauthor of the "New York Times "bestseller "Raising" "Cain," as well as "Best Friends, Worst Enemies," with Catherine O’ Neill Grace and Lawrence J. Cohen. The father of a daughter and a son, he and his wife live in Arlington, Massachusetts. Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the author of "Playful Parenting," He is also a columnist for "The Boston Globe," He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter. Catherine O’ Neill Grace is the author of numerous nonfiction books for children and was a former middle school teacher. For fifteen years she wrote a "Washington Post" column for young readers about health and psychology. She and her husband live in Waltham, Massachusetts.



Teresa Barker is a journalist, consulting editor, and author. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780345441485
ISBN-10: 0345441486
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: August 1st, 2000
Pages: 354
Language: English