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

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Pages   391
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 7, 2000
Publisher   Tarcher
Age  18
ISBN  1585420492  
EAN  9781585420490  

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Offers a handbook for parents concerned with the development of moral and ethical values in boys from birth to the age of eighteen.

Publishers Description
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.
"Gurian is becoming the boys' Dr. Spock."-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Lays out a well-organized blueprint for ushering boys into manhood.... Outstanding." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"One of the most provocative new books." -USA Today

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Michael Gurian currently resides in Spokane, in the state of Washington. Michael Gurian has an academic affiliation as follows - Spokane, Washington Gurian Institute Spokane, Washington Spokane, Wash.

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Disciple with a mission  Sep 21, 2008
As my dear elder son struggles with his first weeks in the wide wide world of Kindergarten (we've had so many calls from the school!)...
And while his younger brother adjusts to not having his brother to play with...
And after years of getting fed up with discipline books, I found Gurian's The Good Son surprisingly engaging.

I'm happy to read a bit of the biological basis for how boys are different in morality, and why they require different moral training methods than girls. I thought Gurian would discuss Kohlberg's stages of moral development, but he admits in end notes to being more Adler, Erikson, and Montessori.

Yet it's a quick read, riveting and inspiring.

Granted, I think like a technical writer with a yen for predictable structure. For example, I love the American Academy of Pediatrics' Caring for your Baby and Young Child (Birth to Age 5) for its stage-by-stage advice for every aspect of the child's life. Gurian's Good Son has a similar structure. Gurian divides a boy's life into three Ages: Age of Obedience birth to age 6, Age of Convention (7 - 12), and Age of Moral Intuition (13-18 and beyond). Each Age is divided further into three stages. In each of these stages, Gurian offers developmental milestones, discipline techniques, moral teaching, and tips for a healthy moral and emotional environment.

I won't go into detail on the discipline techniques. What sold me was the space Gurian gives to examples from his experience as a therapist and educator in many cultures around the world. In one young teenager's therapy, they talked about not only the biblical ten commandments, but the golden rule and Buddhist sutras. In another example, he related a Hindu fairy tale: In a kingdom greedy for perfection, an invisible giant eats the children, until the king takes the advice of a Brahman and a cathartic dream, listens to the childrens' whispers, and focuses on making life good for everyone. (Gurian likens the invisible giant to our morally desensitizing culture.)

Elsewhere he quotes the Beatles Nowhere Man. Ya gotta love that.

Gurian talks about giving boys their missions, channeling aggression and fantasy, and modeling a spiritual life. For some stages Gurian encourages mandating Church activities, which I felt was a cop-out on his part, mostly because it didn't seem supported by good enough reasons. But for those who are not churchgoers, Gurian discusses "home-churching" and recommended moral reading/discussion, and various rites of passage ("boys love badges"). The solution for the unchurched may be better found in Dale McGowan's Parenting Beyond Belief and the upcoming sequel, Raising Freethinkers.

Here's one of my favorite Gurian quotes: "The child who needs discipline is the disciple of the authority providing it."

I haven't spent enough time with the techniques to ratify whether they're successful, but in one weekend, I'm finding a remarkable improvement in my time with my sons. In my book, The Good Son is well worth the read.
Excellent!!!  Jan 25, 2007
This is one of the best, no-nonsense books on raising a son on the market today. I should know--I've tried alot of them! It's easy to read, thoughful and insightful.
A manual on how to raise boys  Nov 4, 2006
This book helped me understand better how boys change during their life from early childhood to young adulthood. I looked back at how my own boys have developed and I discovered many things I was blissfully unware. I found also many useful educational tools in the book.

Michael Gurian has a very clear writing, sometimes he repeats himself, but with a good reason: one will revisit the book as the boy grows older to read sections that have a precise target. This is like a user manual on how to raise boys of any age.

The book is divided in four parts: overview of boys in comparison with girls from the point of view of psychology and neurobiology, early childhood (Age of Obedience), middle childhood (Age of Convention) and teenage years (Age of Intuition). The first part is mandatory reading, in my view. It does an excellent job at explaining why boys are different. You learn about brain structure, hormones and what they actually mean in terms of behaviour outcomes and education method. The other parts can be read when needed, although you should read the book entirely at least once, even if you boy is not in the age bracket discussed by a particular part.

The curious thing about the book is that it seems like an easy read, sometimes even dry, but the concepts are profound. I see clearly now where I made mistakes, not because of particular mishaps but because my errors in principle. Being a good parent, especially a good father, is much more than working hard long hours for the sake of family wealth. This is where the book is best and I am so glad I bought it. It has a well designed structure that maps our life cycle in the context of family, traditions, education with support from recent scientific research in sociology, psychology and neurobiology.

I liked how the main parts are sub-divided. The book has a rythm, a methodical approach so that you can see how the child evolves and how outcomes are created in the process. The subdivisions are: developmental milestones, discipline techniques, moral teaching and a healthy moral and emotional environment. The language is simple but powerful because the content has value and it is very concrete.

The author discusses how to handle issues like respect, language, rules, rituals, backtalk, chores, allowance, sex and drugs. I appreciated the fact that the book does not have empty, positive talk, but focuses a lot on identifying facts, issues and how to handle situations in a way that suits your background (father, mother, single parent, tutor).

This is the kind of book that makes it easy for you to want to come back and read it again, because when you need it, you will know precisely where to look and what to look for.

Excellent Guide Book for Raising Sons!  Aug 3, 2004
Michael Gurian gently takes us through the stages of development in boys as he sees them and has a knack for challenging us and at the same time feel more comfortable with the process. As a father of a severely autistic boy and a typical boy, I can use tips in this book to help Ryan understand his special brother and help him feel less alienated and closer to his family.

"Publisher's Weekly" got it right when they called this book "the definitive guide to the moral and emotional development of our boys and young men."

Long Overdue Focus on Raising Young Men  Oct 18, 2002
"The Good Son" by Michael Gurian (a therapist and educator) is a book for parents designed with the intention of helping them raise a morally grounded son. Subtitled "Shaping the Moral Development of Our Boys and Young Men", I felt Mr. Gurian did a great job by dividing up the chapters into specific age groups (infant, toddler, teen, etc.). I am not inclined to read these types of books (self-help, how-to), but with heavy pressure from my fellow parents and their strong recommendations I'm sure glad I did. We are presented with the physical, emotional, and psychological growth that we can expect and how this will effect the behavior of our boy(s). The book is crammed with excellent examples - some quite inspiring - from Mr. Wolfe's practice as well as practical guides to discipline, "rules to live by", and the "range of normal". Despite the subtitle the book is not moralistic or preachy, but rather focuses on helping parents instill their own belief system into their child. In our politically correct world, I particularly enjoyed the explanations of the differences between boys and girls and how they interpret the world around them (they're different! Who knew?) Throughout the book, medical research is presented (some well known and some fairly recent) to back up his ideas. In our politically correct and gender neutral idealized society it is refreshing to hear someone unafraid to speak the obvious. Ultimately, the information is neither bound to dry medical text nor religious ideology, but rather, a very readable and fun resource for parents.

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