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The Mama's Boy Myth: Unraveling the Big Lie with Kate Stone Lombardi

Kate Stone Lombardi has been a journalist for more than 25 years. She was a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and for seven years wrote a popular regional column that focused on family issues. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Ladies Home Journal, Parenting Magazine including a recent article published on, which is where Ameé discovered her. Lombardi is the author of The Mama’s Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger, published by Avery, part of the Penguin Group (USA). And she also writes parenting advocacy articles on nexttribe.comand her recent article is called “How to Raise Sons Who Won’t Turn Out Like Harvey Weinstein”

In this episode you'll hear:

  • Why Kate decided to write the book

  • What did her research into the topic revealed were the reasons why women are driven "away" from their sons and developing close emotional relationships with them.

  • Why women and sons seem to have a sense of shame about their close relationships with each other

  • The differences between a healthy relationship and an unhealthy, enmeshed mother-son relationship

  • Where this topic fits into the current #MeToo discussions and definitions of masculinity

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