ERIC Number: ED489454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect
Cox, Adam J.
When parents feel separated from their sons by a curtain of silence or a wall of resistance, they are right to be concerned. Boys of few words-the ones who limit their expression to a timid shrug or an indifferent grunt-need help. Whether the problem is rooted in "nature" or "nurture," boys who grow up unable to talk about their thoughts and feelings find it hard to connect with others at school, home, and eventually in business and personal relationships. This book helps parents understand all the factors that may be limiting their son's ability or willingness to communicate-from social pressures to brain differences, from personality traits to a simple lack of vocabulary. Based on these insights, parents can choose specific strategies to help their son improve the language and social skills needed to express himself. Mothers and fathers everywhere will see their own boys in this book, and will come away prepared to help them overcome obstacles, connect with others, and succeed in school and beyond. The first section, The Communication Divide, contains the following chapters: (1) Is Your Son a Boy of Few Words?; (2) Why Words Matter; (3) Why Doesn't He Talk to Me?; and (4) Without Words for Emotion. The second section, Especially Challenging Boys, contains the following chapters: (5) Encouraging Shy and Withdrawn Boys; (6) Reducing the Resistance of Angry and Antisocial Boys; and (7) Navigating the Challenges of Learning and Attention Problems. The final section, How to Make Lasting Differences, presents the concluding chapters of the book: (8) Ten Commitments to Boys Communication; (9) Leading Boys across the Divide: Building Bridges to Social Communication; (10) Working with Schools; and (11) When Professional Help Makes Sense.
Descriptors: Males, Communication Skills, Communication Problems, Interpersonal Communication, Shyness, Antisocial Behavior, Learning Problems, Attention Deficit Disorders
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