by Adam J. Cox
Psychologist Adam J. Cox 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.
When parents feel separated from their sons by a curtain of silence or a wall of resistance, they're right to be concerned. Boys of few words--the ones who limit their expression to a timid shrug or an indifferent grunt--need our 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. Psychologist Adam J. Cox 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.
"Dr. Cox's book is important, insightful, and timely. His ideas about helping boys of all ages will be useful to parents, to teachers, and indeed to all of us who have a stake in boys' emotional health--which is, in fact, everyone."
-Mary Pipher, PhD, author of Reviving Ophelia
"Thanks to Dr. Cox's help, my grandson now has a smile on his face: he's learned to advocate for himself and command respect. In this book, you too can discover the tools to nurture and guide 'boys of few words' into articulate, healthy, and happy young men."
-Hedy Perkin-Geist, grandmother of a 9-year-old
337 Pages, Size: 6" x 9"
I. The Communication Divide
1. Is Your Son a Boy of Few Words?
2. Why Words Matter
3. "Why Doesn t He Talk to Me?"
4. Without Words for Emotion
II. Especially Challenging Boys
5. Encouraging Shy and Withdrawn Boys
6. Reducing the Resistance of Angry and Antisocial Boys
7. Navigating the Challenges of Learning and Attention Problems
III. How to Make Lasting Differences
8. Ten Commitments to Boys' Communication
9. Leading Boys across the Divide: Building Bridges to Social Communication
10. Working with Schools
11. When Professional Help Makes Sense
Epilogue. The Men They Will Become
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