Laurie A. Couture is creating a Book About Nurturing and Understanding Boys
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patrons

$481
per month
Become a patron and help support my sabbatical to finish my 2nd book, Nurturing, Protecting and Empowering Our Sons!

What the book is about and why it matters:
For almost 20 years I worked on the front lines with traumatized and abused youths and their families as a mental health counselor. I have also been on the front lines at home: I am the mother of a disabled adoptive son who suffered severe sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect as well as multiple placements in foster homes and in residential facilities prior to joining our family. Tragically, my son committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 23.

There are many awareness and empowerment campaigns for girls and young women, but our boys and young men need understanding and consideration, too. In fact, our sons are in severe distress. They are demonstrating that distress by sounding the alarm in every aspect of their lives, in the form of emotional, behavioral, developmental and learning struggles. Our social institutions-- the educational, mental health, medical, legal and social services-- are not meeting even a fraction of the needs of boys and young men. Yet, these institutions are reacting to male distress signals with hostility, shaming, punishment, control, medication and pathologizing boys and natural boy behavior. These institutions (along with the media) incite parents to go along with this treatment of their sons, causing only further harm and damage to boys and young men.

I have been working professionally on the inside of our society's institutions since 1997 and I am aware of the ways in which our society is failing to support the holistic health and human rights of boys and young men. For almost as long, I have been researching mammal parenting and peaceful, Paleolithic-era Hunter-Gatherer tribes and their natural parenting and educational customs. I have combined this crucial ancient wisdom with my expertise in supporting children's brain development and healing child trauma.

My book will help parents, families, professionals and anyone who loves the boys and young men in their lives to identify the risks to our sons and to heal emotional, behavioral and learning problems at their root, with nature's intent as our guide. Parents will be able to reconnect with their sons, heal the parent-son relationship, advocate for their sons in our society's institutions and help their sons rediscover their love for learning. My book will help bring peace and healing to families and to our society!

Why I need your help to make it happen:
I am on a sabbatical from the mental health field, researching and writing the book full time. I am relying 100% on sponsors and patrons to continue my sabbatical until my book is completed and in the hands of the parents and professionals who need it most!

What you get out of it:
Not only will you be supporting my sabbatical and this book, but I will be offering you many opportunities to really involve yourself in my creative process. In fact, depending on the level of your monthly contribution to my goals, I will be offering monthly updates only for patrons, sneak-peaks of sections from my chapters, Q and A sessions with me, a chance to review chapters before they are released to the public and a thank you mention in my book! I will also be offering signed copies of my book once it is published and opportunities to have you or your family featured as a case study in my book! You'll be part of the process at every stage!

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You gain access to my patron-only news feed!
Pledge $5 or more per month
only 97 left
If you contribute for at least two months, you will receive a thank you mention in my book! Even if you contribute just once, you gain access to my patron-only news feed!
Pledge $10 or more per month
only 98 left
You will receive four unreleased, highlighted quotes from my book per month! You also get a thank you mention in my book and you gain access to my patron-only news feed!
Pledge $25 or more per month
only 10 left
If you contribute for at least two months, you will receive one sneak-peek of an unreleased, selected section of one of my book chapters. Even if you pledge just once, you get a thank you mention in my book and you gain access to my patron-only news feed!
Pledge $50 or more per month
only 5 left
If you contribute for at least two months, you will receive access to a full selected chapter of my book before it is released to the public! Contribute for at least four months and receive a total of two full selected chapters of my book before they are released to the public! Even if you contribute once, you receive all of the rewards from the lower tiers! (Note: Confidentiality agreement required)
Pledge $100 or more per month
only 5 left
If you contribute for at least three months, you will get exclusive access to a Q and A Session with me over Skype or Google Hangout. You also get entered in a raffle for a free signed copy of my book before it is released to the public! Even if you pledge just once, you receive all of the rewards in the lower tiers! (Note: Recurring contributions are required for the reward in the $50. tier- Please read the tier for details)
Pledge $500 or more per month
(sold out!)
You or your family will be interviewed and featured as a case example in my book, you will receive a monthly 25 minute personalized strategy session with me via Skype, plus one signed copy of my book! You will also receive one chapter from my book before it is released to the public, a thank you mention in my book and you will gain access to my patron-only news feed! (Note: Your family will be featured at my discretion, assuming your situation is appropriate to the principles and topics of my book. However, you will still receive a monthly personalized strategy session with me via Skype as well as a signed copy of my book!)
Goals
$481 of $1,000 per month
I have a goal of raising $1,000 to support unexpected expenses during my sabbatical to write Nurturing and Empowering Our Sons, such as health care, car, printer ink and purchase of research materials.
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Become a patron and help support my sabbatical to finish my 2nd book, Nurturing, Protecting and Empowering Our Sons!

What the book is about and why it matters:
For almost 20 years I worked on the front lines with traumatized and abused youths and their families as a mental health counselor. I have also been on the front lines at home: I am the mother of a disabled adoptive son who suffered severe sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect as well as multiple placements in foster homes and in residential facilities prior to joining our family. Tragically, my son committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 23.

There are many awareness and empowerment campaigns for girls and young women, but our boys and young men need understanding and consideration, too. In fact, our sons are in severe distress. They are demonstrating that distress by sounding the alarm in every aspect of their lives, in the form of emotional, behavioral, developmental and learning struggles. Our social institutions-- the educational, mental health, medical, legal and social services-- are not meeting even a fraction of the needs of boys and young men. Yet, these institutions are reacting to male distress signals with hostility, shaming, punishment, control, medication and pathologizing boys and natural boy behavior. These institutions (along with the media) incite parents to go along with this treatment of their sons, causing only further harm and damage to boys and young men.

I have been working professionally on the inside of our society's institutions since 1997 and I am aware of the ways in which our society is failing to support the holistic health and human rights of boys and young men. For almost as long, I have been researching mammal parenting and peaceful, Paleolithic-era Hunter-Gatherer tribes and their natural parenting and educational customs. I have combined this crucial ancient wisdom with my expertise in supporting children's brain development and healing child trauma.

My book will help parents, families, professionals and anyone who loves the boys and young men in their lives to identify the risks to our sons and to heal emotional, behavioral and learning problems at their root, with nature's intent as our guide. Parents will be able to reconnect with their sons, heal the parent-son relationship, advocate for their sons in our society's institutions and help their sons rediscover their love for learning. My book will help bring peace and healing to families and to our society!

Why I need your help to make it happen:
I am on a sabbatical from the mental health field, researching and writing the book full time. I am relying 100% on sponsors and patrons to continue my sabbatical until my book is completed and in the hands of the parents and professionals who need it most!

What you get out of it:
Not only will you be supporting my sabbatical and this book, but I will be offering you many opportunities to really involve yourself in my creative process. In fact, depending on the level of your monthly contribution to my goals, I will be offering monthly updates only for patrons, sneak-peaks of sections from my chapters, Q and A sessions with me, a chance to review chapters before they are released to the public and a thank you mention in my book! I will also be offering signed copies of my book once it is published and opportunities to have you or your family featured as a case study in my book! You'll be part of the process at every stage!

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You gain access to my patron-only news feed!
Pledge $5 or more per month
only 97 left
If you contribute for at least two months, you will receive a thank you mention in my book! Even if you contribute just once, you gain access to my patron-only news feed!
Pledge $10 or more per month
only 98 left
You will receive four unreleased, highlighted quotes from my book per month! You also get a thank you mention in my book and you gain access to my patron-only news feed!
Pledge $25 or more per month
only 10 left
If you contribute for at least two months, you will receive one sneak-peek of an unreleased, selected section of one of my book chapters. Even if you pledge just once, you get a thank you mention in my book and you gain access to my patron-only news feed!
Pledge $50 or more per month
only 5 left
If you contribute for at least two months, you will receive access to a full selected chapter of my book before it is released to the public! Contribute for at least four months and receive a total of two full selected chapters of my book before they are released to the public! Even if you contribute once, you receive all of the rewards from the lower tiers! (Note: Confidentiality agreement required)
Pledge $100 or more per month
only 5 left
If you contribute for at least three months, you will get exclusive access to a Q and A Session with me over Skype or Google Hangout. You also get entered in a raffle for a free signed copy of my book before it is released to the public! Even if you pledge just once, you receive all of the rewards in the lower tiers! (Note: Recurring contributions are required for the reward in the $50. tier- Please read the tier for details)
Pledge $500 or more per month
(sold out!)
You or your family will be interviewed and featured as a case example in my book, you will receive a monthly 25 minute personalized strategy session with me via Skype, plus one signed copy of my book! You will also receive one chapter from my book before it is released to the public, a thank you mention in my book and you will gain access to my patron-only news feed! (Note: Your family will be featured at my discretion, assuming your situation is appropriate to the principles and topics of my book. However, you will still receive a monthly personalized strategy session with me via Skype as well as a signed copy of my book!)