Institute Library - For Caregivers

Boys and Education

Single-gender education gains ground as boys lag. Experts worry that coed classrooms geared to girls put their counterparts at a disadvantage. San Francisco Chronicle (June 18, 2007).

When Should a Kid Start Kindergarten? New York Times (June 3, 2007).

Children and Divorce

The Truth About Children and Divorce. Dealing With the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive. Robert Emery, Ph.D. (2004). New York: PLUME.

A useful guide for parents that educates them about putting children first in the divorce process. The book highlights some important, divorce-related issues, including how to tell your children about the separation, how to develop an effective, post-divorce parenting plan, and how to navigate the core tasks of divorce.

What About the Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce. Judith Wallerstein & Sandra Blakeslee (2003). New York: Hyperion.

A practical guide for parents in the midst of separation or divorce, as well as for those parent whose break-up occurred months or even years ago. Wallerstein does an effective job in addressing how to talk to your children about the break-up, rebuilding your social life while still being a solid parent, co-parenting with your ex, dealing with custody-related issues, minimizing the potential short and long-term negative effects of the divorce on your children, and avoiding common mistakes that many divorced parents make.

Gender Differences

Why Gender Matters. What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences. Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. (2005). New York: Broadway Books.

Dr. Sax does a thorough job explaining to parents, educators, and professionals who work with children the importance of understanding the biological and social differences between the genders. More importantly, Sax discusses the implications of such differences for schools, mothers and fathers, and anyone who works with children. Information pertaining to important male/female differences, including risk-taking behaviors, aggression, learning, drugs, sex, and discipline is provided in detail. Sax's work is a definite must read for those who work with kids.

Boy-Related Topics

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men.Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. (2007). Basic Books.

Dr. Sax provides compelling data to explain the recent increase in the numbers of "unmotivated and underachieving" boys and young men in America. While a few of the five factors Sax presents require continued research (e.g., the overuse of medications for ADHD as a partial explanation for the lack of motivation in boys), other reasons, for example, video games, teaching methods (especially during a boy's early education), and confusion over the definition masculinity in 21st century America are on target. Sax also offers advice for parents, educators, and other professionals that help boys reach their true academic, social, and emotional potential.