The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men

The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men (Simon and Schuster) by Christina Hoff Sommers.

Fairly shrill sometimes polemical attack on the preposterous "politically correct" notion that boys can be reformed early in their lives to act more like girls. The attacks sometimes get pretty personal against well known authors like Carol Gilligan, Mary Pipher (Ophelia Syndrome) and William Pollack (Real Boys), but I basically agree with much of what she has to say. Boys won't and can't be turned into acting like girls no matter how useful some people may think that could be. More useful -- boys need their fathers around for leadership and firm discipline according to Sommers and I agree.

Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working with Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD

Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working with Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD (Jossey-Bass) by David Nylund.

A nice book for therapists that offers an innovative way to address the problems of acting out children and their families. Iím not sure if the children should be the focus or their parents but he says it works. Again the book has a fairly anti-medication slant. Nylund raises the interesting question whether Huck Finn would have helped the slave, Jim, run away if Huck had been on Ritalin.

Taming the Troublesome Child: American Families, Child Guidance, and the Limits of Psychiatric Authority

Taming the Troublesome Child: American Families, Child Guidance, and the Limits of Psychiatric Authority (Harvard University Press) by Kathleen W. Jones.

Those who do not learned from history are doomed to repeat it -- this dense highly academic text looks at the first 50 years of the twentieth century and how American psychiatry took over the role of expert on children from grandmothers and the family to no clear good. How blaming mothers for children's behavior covered up the social causes of poor behavior in children. Now we blame the children's brains. Tough read but some rewards.