We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a monthly virtual panel for the families in our community. As the mother of three boys, Bookseller Anna is always mindful that she's raising the next generation men, and worried that she's not doing it right. She knows she can't be the only one. In March, join the authors of three fabulous books on raising boys to men in the modern world.
Physical copies of each title are available for curbside pickup or shipping. You can also order the Kobo ebooks through the links below for immediate download.
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Emma Brown is an investigative reporter at The Washington Post. In her life before journalism, she worked as a wilderness ranger in Wyoming and a middle school math teacher in Alaska. She lives with her husband and two children in Washington, DC.
Deb Canja is a mom of two successful young men, an attorney, best-selling author, and the founder and CEO of both Bridges4Kids, a comprehensive website of information and resources to help kids from birth through college, and Success4Kids, helping adults create a child's success mindset. For more than two decades she has made it her mission to help parents find the information they need to help the kids they love. In Swim the Lake Before You Row the Boat she helps parents and mentors understand the real secret of success that powers all others and how, when they understand how and why it works, they can avoid well-intentioned mistakes, make the best use of the time they have, and put help put children on an unshakable path to happiness and success. After helping thousands of parents and mentors through Bridges4Kids and Success4Kids, Deb's mission now is to share a tried and true formula that gives kids the inner strength to withstand life's most difficult social and emotional challenges and gives parents peace of mind knowing they have done their best to put the children they love on a path to achieving their dreams to be, do and have all they desire.
Aaron Gouveia is a former award-winning journalist who has appeared in TIME, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, People, Mashable, and USA Today to discuss topics on parenting young boys in the age of toxic masculinity. He started the website The Daddy Files in 2008 to promote involved fatherhood, has contributed to Parents, American Baby, and the Huffington Post, and is a regular speaker at parenting conferences. His content on topics like gun control and abortion have been seen by millions around the world. He resides in Franklin, Massachusetts, with his wife and three sons.
A journalist's searing investigation into how we teach boys to be men--and how we can do better.
How will I raise my son to be different? This question gripped Washington Post investigative reporter Emma Brown, who was at home nursing her six-week-old son when the #MeToo movement erupted. In search of an answer, Brown traveled around the country, through towns urban and rural, affluent and distressed. In the course of her reporting, she interviewed hundreds of people--educators, parents, coaches, researchers, men, and boys--to understand the challenges boys face and how to address them.
What Brown uncovered was shocking: 23 percent of boys believe men should use violence to get respect; 22 percent of an incoming college freshman class said they had already committed sexual violence; 58 percent of young adults said they've never had a conversation with their parents about respect and care in sexual relationships. Men are four times more likely than women to die by suicide. Nearly 4 million men experience sexual violence each year.
From the reporter who brought Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's story to light, To Raise a Boy combines assiduous reporting, cutting-edge scientific research, and boys' powerful testimonials to expose the crisis in young men's emotional and physical health. Emma Brown connects the dots between educators, researchers, policy makers, and mental health professionals in this tour de force that upends everything we thought we knew about boys.
Johns Hopkins chair of the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health Robert Blum says, "The story of boys has yet to be told, and I think it's a really important story." Urgent and revelatory, To Raise a Boy begins to tell that story.
Raising, teaching or mentoring boys? Create a Success Mindset, build Self Confidence, raise Self Esteem and teach the most important Life Skills by focusing on the ONE thing that drives all other results.
Developed over 27 years with over 3,000 boys at a unique summer camp, this effective approach has more than 60 years of results to prove it works and strategies to use right now in everyday situations. Effective even when time and opportunity are short, this new approach will transform parenting, grandparenting, teaching, coaching and mentoring by helping a boy form the specific beliefs about himself that lead him to take responsibility for himself and create success in every area of his life, including:
- I can do it!
- People like me;
- My opinion matters and people respect my opinion;
- I can try new things and be successful;
- I can make friends with people I don't know;
- My life matters and I have a purpose and reason for being here.
- Why learning this formula is the BIGGEST needle-mover (even if you think a child is too young or too old);
- How to recognize opportunities everywhere and why the answer isn't found in expensive private schooling or the latest educational toy;
- The single biggest mistake that holds a boy back (and keeps him from ever achieving the success you want for him);
- Easy-to-do actions and activities that make an immediate difference;
- How to go from hoping you are doing a good enough job to knowing you are focused on the one thing that really matters.
From the dad who created the viral tweet supporting his son wearing nail polish, this essential parenting guide shares 36 parenting tips for battling gender norms, bringing down "man up" culture, and helping sons realize their potential.
Our boys are in a crisis. Toxic masculinity and tough guy-ism are on display daily from our leaders, and we see anger, dysfunction, violence, and depression in young men who are suffocated by harmful social codes. Our young sons are told to stop throwing like a girl. They hear phrases like "man up" when they cry. They are told "boys will be boys" when they behave badly. The "Girl Power" movement has encouraged women to be whoever and do whatever they want, but that sentiment is not often extended to boys. Just watch the bullying when boys try ballet, paint their fingernails, or play with a doll.
But we can treat this problem--and the power lies in the hands of parents. It's not only possible to raise boys who aren't emotionally stifled and shoved into stereotypical gender boxes; it's vital if we want a generation of men who can express their emotions, respect women, and help nurse society back to a halfway healthy place. We can reframe manhood. From Aaron Gouveia, who gained viral fame after tweeting his support for his son's painted fingernails (and who knows toxic masculinity very well), learn practical and actionable tips such as:
- Don't accept different standards for moms and dads
- Teach boys that "girl" is not an insult and retire phrases like "boys will be boys"
- Show boys that expressing their emotions and being physical is a good thing
- Let boys pursue nontraditional interests and hobbies
- Talk to boys about consent and privilege
- Model healthy and respectful relationships for boys to emulate
Penned with equal parts humor, biting snark, and lived advice, Raising Boys to Be Good Men is the essential parenting guide for raising sons to realize their potential outside the box.