My oldest son wasn't yet two when Raising Cain:Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys was published in 1999. At the time, I was so immersed in the process of parenting that I didn't have any time to read and reflect on the experience. And, my son was young enough that I hadn't yet needed to give any thought to the fact that he was male -- well, beyond learning (early on!) that it's ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to keep the penis covered during diaper changes. I didn't really pay any attention to the fact that I was raising boys (vs girls) until a few years later, when my oldest was about 4 years old. He and his younger brother (then age 2) had been contentedly watching TV on the living room floor. Then, for no apparent reason, they jumped up on the couch and began leaping from one couch to … [Read More...] about Reading Raising Cain
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