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

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Penguin, Aug 7, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 416 pages
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Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 1999, The Good Son is the definitive guide to the moral and emotional development of our boys and young men. Within its pages, Michael Gurian widely credited as the founder of today's "boys movement" takes readers through a complete parenting program, showing how to instill virtues in boys at each stage of life.

For parents and teachers who fear that our child-rearing systems have lost much of their ethical underpinnings and that our boys are becoming emotionally closed-off, The Good Son serves as a welcome guidepost. It is one of today's premier books on parenting and male development.
 

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THE GOOD SON: Shaping the Moral Development of Our Boys and Young Men

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A practical guide for parents in raising sons to become compassionate and responsible men. In calling for a "moral and ethical revival in the raising of boys," therapist Gurian, the author of two ... Read full review

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Author covers the dangers of modern culture with regard to raising boys, how boys differ from girls, and then presents a plan to raise them. I got a lot of concrete ideas from this book. Read full review

Contents

  Acknowledgments
 Introduction
Part OneTHE CHALLENGE OF PROVIDING DISCIPLINE AND MORAL DEVELOPMENT TO BOYS 
ONEWhat Does It Mean to Have a Son? 
TWOAre We Protecting Our Sons from Moral Harm? 
Part TwoNURTURING THE EARLY YEARS OF A BOYS MORAL DEVELOPMENTThe Age of Obedience Birth to Six Years Old
THREEInfancyNURTURING BOYS FROM BIRTH TO EIGHTEEN MONTHS
FOURThe Toddler YearsNURTURING BOYS OF EIGHTEEN MONTHS TO FOUR YEARS
EIGHTPrePubertyNURTURING BOYS OF ELEVEN AND TWELVE
Part FourNURTURING THE TEENAGE YEARS OF A BOYS DEVELOPMENTThe Age of Moral Intuition Thirteen to Eighteen Years Old and Bey...
NINEPubertyNURTURING BOYS OF THIRTEEEN AND FOURTEEN
TENThe Middle TeensNURTURING BOYS OF FIFTEEN AND SIXTEEN
ELEVENPreAdulthoodNURTURING YOUNG MEN OF SEVENTEEN EIGHTEEN AND BEYOND
 Epilogue 
APPENDIX I Fifty Books and Movies That Stimulate Moral Growth in Boys
APPENDIX II Additional Resources

FIVEThe Boy EmergesNURTURING BOYS OF FIVE AND SIX
Part ThreeNURTURING THE MIDDLE YEARS OF A BOYS DEVELOPMENTThe Age of Convention Seven to Twelve Years Old
SIXThe Between YearsNURTURING BOYS OF SEVEN AND EIGHT
SEVENPreAdolescenceNURTURING BOYS OF NINE AND TEN
 Notes
 Index
 About the Author
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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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