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Raising boys without men : how maverick moms are creating the next generation of exceptional men / Peggy Drexler, with Linden Gross.

by Drexler, Peggy; Gross, Linden.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale, c2005Description: xvi, 224 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1579548814 (hardcover) :.Title notes: $23.95 9-2005 (db)Subject(s): Boys | Masculinity | Single mothers | Parenting
Contents:
Introduction -- The bad rap against mothers -- Good news from the new home front -- Tapping into boy power -- Finding their own role models -- Head-and-heart boys -- The mental work of mothering -- Staying connected -- Collected families -- Conclusion : only connect.
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Raising thriving, emotionally healthy sons does not require a man around the house! That's the conclusion of a groundbreaking research study that will open eyes, stir debate, and reassure nearly 10 million single mothers.<br> <br> As the number of single-mom and two-mom households has grown, so have concerns about the possible damage to boys caused by the lack of a male role model in the house. Peggy F. Drexler, Ph.D., listened to all the dire warnings; but her training as a research psychologist told her she had to see the evidence. So she embarked on a long-term study comparing boys raised in female-headed families with those whose fathers were present throughout their childhood. What Dr. Drexler discovered is as heartening as it is startling:<br> o Female-headed households may be even better parents for boys than households with men<br> o Sons from these families are growing up emotionally stronger, more empathetic, and more well-rounded than boys from "traditional" mother-father families<br> o While more in touch with their feelings, these boys remain boyish and masculine in all the ways defined by our culture<br> Raising Boys Without Men offers an inclusive vision of what family can mean and a blueprint for raising happier, healthier sons.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- The bad rap against mothers -- Good news from the new home front -- Tapping into boy power -- Finding their own role models -- Head-and-heart boys -- The mental work of mothering -- Staying connected -- Collected families -- Conclusion : only connect.

$23.95 9-2005 (db)

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How do sons of lesbians and single mothers develop their moral character without a father in their lives? That is the question that Drexler (psychology, Weill Medical Coll. of Cornell Univ.) tackles here, and her answer is based on extensive research: these sons develop into sensitive, caring, and communicative human beings rarely prone to aggression who are no less "all boy" than sons of traditional families. Maverick mothers, as Drexler illustrates, seek out male role models, "collect" friends to form an extended family around their sons, and often go outside their comfort zone to offer a variety of activities and enriching experiences. Arriving in the midst of the national debate on gay marriage, the book also argues that parenting is not attached to gender-a controversial point to be sure. Drexler, who was raised by a single mom and is part of a heterosexual marriage, further supports that and other findings with inspiring anecdotes and testimonies and scientific background.Yes, lesbians and single mothers can raise boys without a man in the house, and by doing so, these women are breeding a new kind of adult man sensible to family values and open to differences. Recommended for all public libraries, especially those serving a large gay community.-Maryse Breton, Baldwin P.L., Birmingham, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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