The Hero's Heart
A Coming of Age Circle for Boys
(And the mothers who love them!)
:: Book Coming in 2018 ::
The Hero's Heart is a revolutionary twelve-month journey for mothers and sons, ages 9-14, to explore the core values and themes our boys need most at this point of their passage to healthy young manhood. Through a set of creative social-emotional lesson plans, complete with thought-provoking discussion questions, inspiring activities, and simple rituals, The Hero's Heart offers a practical template to create an intentional community in which your son will thrive, and where you as his mother will find support.
The Hero's Heart seeks to be one of the first socially sanctioned opportunities for boys to create a sense of self that is distinct from sexist definitions. Adolescence is unlike any other period in life. Above all, this is a time of deep transformation. The boys for whom this book was written are in the midst of a tumultous transition between two stages of development -- boyhood and early young manhood. Our adolescent sons are eager to become heroes in our eyes, and in the eyes of the world. This circle experience will illuminate for our sons what it truly means to be a hero, far beyond the hyper-masculine tropes that today's pop culture offers. The ultimate goal of The Hero's Heart is to assist mothers during this pivotal phase to nurture their boys' inner qualities -- the hero's heart -- so that those boys will retain and develop their whole selves as they navigate the maze of issues boys in our culture must face.
The last line of The Heroines Club is "Our daughters need us and we are the ones we have been waiting for." The Hero's Heart is now saying our sons need us too, and perhaps even more so we are the ones we have been waiting for.