The Gender Reading Gap: Why Boys Underperform In Reading & What Can You Do About It

The gender reading gap is real. Studies show that girls outperform boys in reading and literacy skills in almost all countries and it’s far more likely for boys to leave school unable to read. If you have boys, it’s important that you give them extra support. Having poor reading skills will negatively impact their life […]

5 Ways To Boost Your Son’s Literacy Skills

For several years there’s been much study into boys vs. girls’ literacy enjoyment and success. According to a survey in Psychology Today, 52% of boys (compared with 72% of girls) said that they enjoyed reading books in the summer holidays. The study also reported that just 27% of boys said they liked to read books […]

10 Ways To Get Your Kids Prepared For School

Image Source Is your son ready to begin school?  For a child that isn’t mature enough, school can be a huge shock to the system. It requires discipline, concentration, an ability to socialise and a certain level of independence. There are lots of steps that you can take as a parent to get your child […]

Why Your Son’s Learning Style Matters

Do you remember the information you were taught in primary school? Of course, we all have a basic memory of what we learned – seeing as we can, for the most part, read, write and count. But do you remember the actual lessons that you were taught? There’s a very good chance that a big […]

Three Career Choices For Boys Who Love To Read And Write

Even the most open-minded among us would agree that there are certain stereotypes about boys and girls in education. The masses generally seem to believe that girls are more creative and excel more at English and Art. Boys are typically seen to show their strengths in topics such as science, math and woodwork. While this […]

Social-Emotional Strategies for School Success

Social-emotional competency is key to school success, but doesn’t come naturally to a lot of boys. In my book, The Elementary and Middle School Student-Friendly Handbook to Navigating Success, I detail eight strategies students can use to handle stressors and prevent bullying — as well as dozens more tips students can use to increase school […]

Why Treating Boys Like Girls Won’t Close the Gender Gap in Education

The headline — Boys should be treated “more like girls” to stop them falling behind at school — was enough to make me scream. The thinking behind it moved me to action and inspired me to write this post. If you’ve followed BuildingBoys for awhile, you know that I’ve long been concerned about boys’ lackluster achievement in […]

Tips for Getting Your Son to Read this Summer

You likely know how important reading during the summer is to help students from experiencing the documented “summer slide.” But, actually getting your kids – especially boys – to read can be a challenge. As the mom of two boys, ages 9 and 11, whose interests and temperaments are very different, I’ve discovered a formula […]

Getting Boys to Read

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You gotta love the AP headline: “Boys trail girls in reading; can fart jokes help?” The topic — boys’ lack of interest in reading — isn’t a new one to readers of this blog. Neither is the solution, which is to “meet boys where they are” — fancy psycho-speak for “capitalize on their interests.” Boys, […]

Books for Boys: Comics

Most boys — even boys who hate reading — find it hard to resist comic books. The attraction is obvious: active, colorful pictures; few blocks of text and ridiculous, courageous or hilarious scenarios. What’s not to like? If you live with a struggling or reluctant reader, I challenge you to check out some comic books. […]