Homesick and Happy by Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Homesick and Happy

How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow

Published May 2012

An insightful and powerful look at the magic of summer camp—and why it is so important for children to be away from home . . . if only for a little while. In an age when it’s the rare child who walks to school on his own, the thought of sending your "little ones" off to sleep-away camp can be overwhelming—for you and for them. But a parent’s first instinct—to shelter their offspring above all else—actually deprives children of the major developmental milestones that occur through letting them go—and watching them come back transformed.


Understanding Independent School Parents by Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Understanding Independent School Parents

The Teacher's Guide to Successful Family-School Relationships

New Edition Published November 2011

Teachers choose their profession because they want to work with children. They are trained in pedagogy, classroom management and child development. Only rarely are teachers given any training in working with parents even though managing parental demands and anxieties is a growing part of the job. This short guide, written by a psychologist and a teacher, fills a major gap in teacher training.


Raising Cain by Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Raising Cain

Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

A New York Times Bestseller

In Raising Cain, Michael Thompson and collaborator Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., two of the country’s leading child psychologists, share what they have learned in decades of combined experience working with boys and their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting—sad, afraid, angry, and silent. Drs. Thompson and Kindlon set out to answer this basic, crucial question: What do boys need that they’re not getting?