Raising Boys to Be Good Men: Book Review

I have spent two decades working on raising boys to be good men. Have I succeeded? Early signs look good — my 22 year old is living, working and studying independently in another state; my 19 year old recently cooked me a birthday dinner; and all 4 of my boys prioritize time with extended family […]

Reading Raising Cain

My oldest son wasn’t yet two when Raising Cain:Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys was published in 1999. At the time, I was so immersed in the process of parenting that I didn’t have any time to read and reflect on the experience. And, my son was young enough that I hadn’t yet needed to […]

Gothic Horror in Today’s Popular Children’s Books

Gothic horror is one of the most popular genres of literature for children and adults. While the title may seem intimidating, you would be surprised to learn that some of the most cherished books you read as a child were gothic horror stories!. What is Gothic Horror? Gothic horror stories follow the formula of traditional […]

Must-Read Books About Boys

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. In other words: I may receive a small commission if you purchase any of these books through a link on this page.  If you’re parenting or teaching boys, you need every advantage you can get. The more you know about the way boys think, develop and […]

BuildingBoys Book Club: Raising Boys by Design

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What do you think of Raising Boys by Design so far? I plowed through Chapters 7, 8 & 9 – and promptly forgot to write about them last week. Ever have a week that just seemed to get away from you? Yeah, I had a feeling I’m not the only one! Chapters 7 through 9 […]

BuildingBoys Book Club: Raising Boys by Design, Part 2

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I’m starting to like where this book is going. Chapter 5 introduces the idea of boys as HEROes, and that’s an idea I can get behind. My years of parenting, educating and helping boys has taught me that boys have an interval drive to succeed. They have a deep, internal need to master challenges, and […]

Book Discussion: Raising Boys by Design

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Are you reading along? We recently launched BuildingBoys Virtual Book Club; our first pick is Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive, by Michael Gurian and Gregory Jantz. (Need more details about the book or why we picked it? Click here.) I’m 3 chapters […]

Q & A with Rosalind Wiseman, author of Masterminds & Wingmen

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We recently talked with Rosalind Wiseman, author of Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, via Skype. We hoped to post the audio and video for you, but we had some technical difficulties on our end. So we’re posting the transcript instead. Enjoy […]

BuildingBoys Book Club

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I am pleased to announce the official launch of the BuildingBoys Virtual Book Club! We had a number of readers express interest, so let’s go going. Here are the details: Our first book will be Raising Boys By Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive, by Michael […]

Masterminds & Wingmen

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  Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, by Rosalind Wiseman, is one of my favorite “boy books” ever. In fact, if I had to recommend one book to parents and educators dealing with boys over the age of 10, this would […]