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Real Boys by William S. Pollack
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Aug 27, 2012

it was amazing
Read from July 28 to August 27, 2012

One of the best parenting books I've read. I was disenchanted by the redundancy in the beginning, but after a couple of chapters it was a wealth of information about boys. Pollack attempts to break down stereotypes surrounding why boys are so "closed off" with emotions, how they get that way, how society perpetrates the problem, and what we can do as parents to counteract it. He tackles important subjects such as the "mask" of masculinity, shame and the trauma of separation from the mother, how boys relate, empathy, sexualty and being gay, friendships, sports & play, school environments, depression & suicide, violence & divorce. Many of the puzzle pieces I've held fell into place and I feel like a stronger parent because of it. Highly recommend!
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