Q & A: How to Work and Homeschool

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Have you ever thought about homeschooling, but wondered how in world you’d combine homeschooling with your job? It can be done. Really. Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a highly motivated, intellectually curious 5-year-old boy. Midway through kindergarten, he declared he “hated school.” His parents were a bit surprised. […]

Mean Mom on Raising Boys

Spoiling kids is out; Mean Mom is in. The cultural backlash against permissive parenting is now in full-stride (witness the New Yorker article, “Spoiled Rotten,” Business Insider’s, “Cities with The Most Spoiled Children,” and ABC’s “How Not to Spoil Your Child“), and Mean Mom Denise Schipani is surfing the tidal wave of parental angst. Schipani, […]

Q & A with the Author of The Achilles Effect

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Have you read The Achilles Effect? I have and I’ll say this: I’ll never look at media the same way again. I thought I was already pretty savvy to the subtle influences of media, but after reading the book, I’m even more acutely aware of the ways in which pop culture defines “male” and “female.” I’m […]

Q & A with the Author of The Achilles Effect

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Have you read The Achilles Effect? I have and I’ll say this: I’ll never look at media the same way again. I thought I was already pretty savvy to the subtle influences of media, but after reading the book, I’m even more acutely aware of the ways in which pop culture defines “male” and “female.” I’m […]

Book Review: Tutor in a Book

School is a struggle for many boys. But that doesn’t mean your sons are doomed to a lifetime of sub-par academic achievement. The key is understanding your son. What makes him tick? How does he learn? What obstacles are blocking his success? Alexandra Mayzler, founder of Thinking Caps Tutoring, has written a new book to […]

Books About Boys: I’m Outnumbered!

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Laura Lee Groves gets me. As another mom of four boys, she fully understands the joys and challenges of raising a houseful of mini-men. That’s why I was thrilled when she published her book, I’m Outnumbered!: One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys Laura is a high school English and drama teacher […]

Books for Boys: Authors

Ever notice how some authors are more boy-friendly than others? My boys, for instance, loved the offbeat humor in The True Story of the Three Little Pigsand The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, both by Jon Scieszka, a former boy and current author who’s trying to liven up the literary offerings for […]

Books for Boys: Series

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It’s the beginning of summer. If you’re like most parents, you’re probably trying to figure out how to keep your son reading this summer, especially given the fact that a lof of boys are less-than-enthusiastic readers. Luckily for me (and you!), I’m a member of a fabulous group of writers who also happen to be […]

Books ‘Bout Boys: Packaging Boyhood

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Like it or not, the media has a massive effect on today’s boys. That’s why I was so excited to see Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes , a new book by Lyn Mikel Brown, Sharon Lamb and Mark Tappan. Today, they share with us an excerpt about boys […]

Book Review: 100 Things Guys Need to Know

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To state the obvious: I’m a gal. And always will be. So while I’ll do my best to prepare my sons for the world, there are some things I just don’t know. That’s why I was thrilled to find 100 Things Guys Need to Know,a thin, accessible book aimed at tween and teen boys. Covering […]