The Good Son: Shaping the Moral Development of Our Boys and Young Men

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Penguin, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 391 pages
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The author of the groundbreaking bestsellers, "The Wonder of Boys" and "A Fine Young Man", offers a cradle-to-college parenting plan for raising ethical sons. Selected by "Publishers Weekly" as one of the Best Books of 1999.
  

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Review: The Good Son: Shaping the Moral Development of Our Boys and Young Men

User Review  - Letitia - Goodreads

If you are the mother of a boy this is a must read. I was reading and kept saying to myself how does he know my son so well? Has he been to my house? Wow talk about insight. I got the book when my son ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elliedakota - Goodreads

Excellent stages book - I used it throughout my son's childhood and always found it to be spot on. Read full review

Contents

THE CHALLENGE OF PROVIDING DISCIPLINE AND MORAL DEVELOPMENT TO BOYS
13
What Does it Mean to Have a Son?
15
THE MALE QUESTION
17
MERILEES COURAGE
19
MORALITY IS SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT FOR BOYS
21
THE SEARCH FOR INHERENT WORTH AND VALUE
28
BOYS DEPEND ON MORAL TRAINING
31
Are We Protecting Our Sons from Moral Harm?
33
A HEALTHY MORAL AND EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
181
EVANS STORY
194
PreAdolescence NURTURING BOYS OF NINE AND TEN
196
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES
197
DISCIPLINE TECHNIOUES
199
MORAL TEACHING
207
A HEALTHY MORAL AND EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
215
DO EACH OF YOUR ACTIONS AS A GIFT TO SOME LIVING THING
226

THE NOWHERE MEN
35
WHAT ARE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS?
38
STRAIN ON THE MOTHERSON BOND
42
THE TRAGIC LOSS OF THE FATHER
45
THE GRADUAL LOSS OF THE EXTENDED FAMILY
47
WHEN THE MEDIA POISONS OUR BOYS
49
THE MECHANIZATION OF BOYHOOD
52
THE MORAL NATURE OF BOYS
53
GOOD SON PARENTING PRINCIPLES
55
NURTURING THE EARLY YEARS OF A BOYS MORAL DEVELOPMENT The Age of Obedience Birth to Six Years Old
57
Infancy NURTURING BOYS FROM BIRTH TO EIGHTEEN MONTHS
59
AN OVERVIEW
60
DISCIPLINE TECHNIQUES
68
MORAL TEACHING
72
A HEALTHY MORAL AND EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
73
EMMITS STORY
86
The Toddler Years NURTURING BOYS OF EIGHTEEN MONTHS TO FOUR YEARS
88
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES
90
DISCIPLINE TECHNIOUES
97
MORAL TEACHING
111
A HEALTHY MORAL AND EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
116
TERRENCES STORY
123
The Boy Emerges NURTURING BOYS OF FIVE AND SIX
125
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES
126
DISCIPLINE TECHNIQUES
128
MORAL TEACHING
135
A HEALTHY MORAL AND EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
145
PHILIPS STORY
155
NURTURING THE MIDDLE YEARS OF A BOYS DEVELOPMENT The Age of Convention Seven to Twelve Years Old
157
The Between Years NURTURING BOYS OF SEVEN AND EIGHT
159
AN OVERVIEW
161
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES
165
DISCIPLINE TECHNIOUES
169
MORAL TEACHING
175
PrePuberty NURTURING BOYS OF ELEVEN AND TWELVE
228
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES
230
DISCIPLINE TECHNIOUES
234
MORAL TEACHING
238
A HEALTHY MORAL AND EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
244
JAMALS STORY
254
NURTURING THE TEENAGE YEARS OF A BOYS DEVELOPMENT The Age of Moral Intuition Thirteen to Eighteen Years Old and Beyond
257
Puberty NURTURING BOYS OF THIRTEEN AND FOURTEEN
259
AN OVERVIEW
262
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES
265
DISCIPLINE TECHNIQUES
277
Providing More Than One Disciplinarian
279
MORAL TEACHING
280
A HEALTHY MORAL AND EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
291
A DOCTORS STORY
301
The Middle Teens NURTURING BOYS OF FIFTEEN AND SIXTEEN
303
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES
304
DISCIPLINE TECHNIOUES
309
MORAL TEACHING
313
A HEALTHY MORAL AND EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
325
CAMERONS STORY
331
PreAdulthood NURTURING YOUNG MEN OF SEVENTEEN EIGHTEEN AND BEYOND
334
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES
335
DISCIPLINE TECHNIQUES
338
MORAL TEACHING
343
A HEALTHY MORAL AND EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
351
MARCELS STORY
354
Epilogue
357
Fifty Books and Movies That Stimulate Moral Growth in Boys
359
Additional Resources
367
Notes
371
Index
385
About the Author
392
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Michael Gurian is a psychotherapist and bestselling author whose books include The Wonder of Boys and The Good Son. His work reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and American) in which he lived, worked, and studied. He has taught psychology, religion, mythology, and literature at three American universities and at Ankara University in Turkey. He lives with his wife and two children in Spokane, Washington.

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