Purpose of Boys Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives

ISBN-10: 0470401826

ISBN-13: 9780470401828

Edition: 2010

Authors: Michael Gurian

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A crucial book in the groundbreaking series on boys and follow-up to the bestselling The Minds of BoysIn this climax to his series of landmark books about boys, Michael Gurian offers a powerful new program to help us give our sons a core purposea program based on building morality, character, career goals, the ability to form intimate relationships, selflessness, personal and community responsibility, and an accelerated process of developmental maturity. Gurian reveals how important purpose is for the success and happiness of boys and explains how a boy′s core personality, nature, and genetic predisposition functions to create both strengths and weaknesses in their journey towards maturity. Gurian draws on the latest science and field research on how boys develop neurologically, the unique issues they must confront, and how their strategy for moral development and success in life is predicated on their nature and genetic predispositions. He tells parents and educators how to customize their support and interventions according to the unique needs, weaknesses, and strengths of each individual boy and young man.Michael Gurian (Spokane, WA) started what is now known as ldquo;the boys′ movementrdquo; and is the bestselling author of many famous parenting books, including The Wonder of Boys (978-0-87477-887-8), Boys and Girls Learn Differently (978-0-7879-5343-0), and The Minds of Boys (978-0-7879-7761-0). Gurian is a family therapist, author, speaker, and founder of the Gurian Institute, and has appeared in all the major national media, including the Today show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS, NPR, and in a Newsweek cover story as well as the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook.
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 9/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Michael Gurian is an educator, family therapist, and author of fourteen books, including the bestselling The Wonder of Boys, A Fine Young Man, and The Good Son. He is an internationally celebrated speaker and writer whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, and other national publications, as well as on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and numerous other broadcast media.

Introduction: What do you want to be, son?
Competing Purposes
What is the Purpose of Boys?
We Who Care for Boys and Men
Understanding the Purpose of Boys
The Loss of Purpose in American Boyhood
Why Parents Want to Provide Purpose for Boys
Moving Forward with New Vision
How Little Boys Develop their Sense of Purpose
The Empathy of Boys
Brain Differences Between Boys and Girls
How Boys and Girls Need Purpose Differently
Your Little Boy's Need to Save the World
Asking the Deep Questions of Boys
How Adolescent Boys Seek Their Purpose in Life
The Young Seeker Among the Primitive and the Civilized
How Adolescent Boys and Girls Seek and Develop Purpose Differently
What Motivates Different Boys
Helping Our Sons Seek Respect in Adolescence
Moving Forward with a Map in Hand
Son, You Are My Hero
The Heroic Son
The Story of Joseph
The Story Ends, for Now
Helping Our Sons Find Their Purpose in Life
Creating Families of Purpose for Boys
Creating a Three-Family System: The Parent-Led Team
The Development of a Boy's Sense of Destiny in the Family System
The Ten Values Tool
The Value of Teaching Sexual Purpose
Helping Our Sons Find Purposeful Work
Helping Boys Find Purpose in Their Media Use
A Boy's Search for Freedom
Creating Communities of Purpose for Boys
The Loss of Communities of Purpose for Boys
What the Community Can do for Our Sons
Forming Purposeful Communities for African American Boys
Changing Helping Professions to Focus on Boys' Needs
Enjoying Communities of Purpose with Boys
Changing schools Toward Relevance and Purpose for Boys
How Boys Are Struggling for Purpose in School
Fixing the Mismatch Between Schools and the Purpose of Boys
Investing in Schools of Purpose
Creating and Providing Rites of Passage for Your Son
Guiding a Son Through Male Adolescence
Developing Your Own Rite-of-Passage Programs
The "Here I Am" Rite-of-Passage Program
The Power of Purposeful Men
Epilogue: Coming Together to Advocate for Boys
Notes and Resources
Appendix: Rite-of-Passage Programs
The Gurian Institute
The Author
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