The Mama's Boy Myth by Kate Stone Lombardi
Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger

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An insightful, timely study, especially now as feminist gains are under attack.


A New York Times contributor offers a radical reexamination of a hot-button issue of the mother and son relationship and advocates the end of the "mama's boy" taboo.

New York Times contributor Kate Stone Lombardi unveils the surprisingly close relationship between mothers and sons. Mother after mother confessed to Lombardi that her husband, brothers, and even female friends and family criticize the fact that she is "too close" to her sons. Many of these women are often startled by the strong connection they feel with their sons; but rarely do they talk about it because society tells them to push their little boys away and not "baby" them with too much cuddling and comforting. It is as if there were an existing playbook-based on gender preconceptions dating back to Freud, Oedipus, and beyond-that prescribes the way mothers and their sons should interact.

Lombardi's much-needed narrative is the first and only book to share truly revealing interviews with mothers who have close relationships with their sons, as well as interviews with these women's sons and husbands. Lombardi persuasively argues that the rise of the new male-one who is more emotionally intelligent and more sensitive without being less "manly"-is directly attributable to women who are rejecting the "mama's boy" taboo. Highlighting new scientific studies, The Mama's Boy Myth begins a fresh story-one that will be welcomed by mothers, fathers, and sons alike.


About Kate Stone Lombardi

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KATE STONE LOMBARDI has contributed to The New York Times for the last twenty years. Her work has also appeared in Parenting and Hudson Valley Life. She has won six Clarion Awards for journalism from Women in Communications. A graduate of Williams College with an MS in journalism from Columbia University, Lombardi is the mother of two adult children and lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, Michael.
Published March 15, 2012 by Avery. 332 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Jan 01 2012

An insightful, timely study, especially now as feminist gains are under attack.

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Jennifer Fink

Reviewed by Jennifer Fink on Apr 10 2012

The good news, Lombardi writes, is that most moms are ignoring the advice and following their instincts instead:

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Reviewed by Nicole on Mar 13 2012

I would have liked to see more examples of mothers getting it wrong, both for my own curiosity and to add a little balance.

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