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Yes, we're being defensive. Since you've been a single parent you must have also been exposed to the constant criticism we receive, on an almost daily basis. It makes one defensive after hearing how badly we're messing up our children.

But what everyone else has pointed out is correct also. You can skew research results to say almost anything you want. We all have to take this stuff with a grain of salt, and if I read one more book on how bad my son will be will he's an adult, I just might quit trying to be a good parent altogether. After all, research proves I'm going to fail. NOT!! It's better for ME to stop reading this type of material. I am already overconscious of how I'm raising my child, but everyone he meets remarks on how good he is, how intelligent, how articulate.....something good, and they aren't just saying it to be nice. I must be doing something at least partially right, and while I sincerely wish he had a stronger male role model in his life I am doing everything possible to keep his life as "normal" as possible. He sees his father regularly, he has a "big brother" and I encourage him to participate in sports and activities that are more male dominated.

No, I won't read this book you've recommended. I don't need to beat myself up any more than what I have already done over the past seven years. But thank you for suggesting it. I'm sure a lot of people will read it and come away with some ideas of how to be better parents.
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