Illness reigns in this household so I will simply leave you with these ponderings.
I think I’m getting the feel for the perspective of childhood psychologists I tend to agree with when it comes to analyzing what boys in our culture go through and what to expect at different stages. But I ask myself how much of this is only specific to North America? And can I broaden my own view, expectations, and experience by learning about what other cultures experience?
When I was expecting my son I read a book called Raising our babies; Raising ourselves, by Meredith Small. It was a wonderful eye-opener documenting different cultural perspectives related to sleeping patterns and arrangements, infant carrying, feeding, and other such essential new parental how-to’s.
I realized that so many of the things we think are expected of us as parents and what we expect of our children are not universal truths but culturally specific habits and biases that we don’t have to be restricted by.
So that’s what I’m looking for with respect to older children – and boys specifically. Books and people to tell me about other cultures and how they experience their boys.
That’s all I can write for now, but if you have any suggestions or comments, please send them along.