Websites About Raising Boys
Bring Back the Boys is a research-based website that focuses on the familial, social, cultural and educational factors that relate to the healthy growth and development of boys. The site aims to inspire parents, educators and researchers to recognize and address needs that are unique to boy culture. You’ll also find lots of good info re boys & video games here.
The Boy Crisis is a deeper dig into Warren Farrell’s 2018 book, The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It. (John Gray, of Mars & Venus fame, is a co-author.)
The Boys Initiative is a national campaign to promote boys’ achievement and health. Their website includes a ton of useful information – facts and figures about boys and how they’re doing, an online library of articles and some interesting webcasts. The Boys Initiative also releases a weekly roundup of news stories about boys.
Becoming a Man. Youth Guidance’s B.A.M. (Becoming a Man™) – Sports Edition program is school-based counseling, mentoring, violence prevention and educational enrichment program that works with at-risk males in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods – and their outcomes have been amazing so far. A 2012 study shows that B.A.M. participants are more likely to graduate high school and less likely to be involved in a violent crime.
The Good Men Project addresses the question, “What does it mean to be a good man?” If you’re building boys, this is a site worth checking out. There are lots of articles that talk about parenting and education and gender – and new content is posted daily.
The Gurian Institute. Michael Gurian has written many books about boys. The Gurian Institute is an outgrowth of his efforts. It provides information to help parents and educators better understand how boys learn and function.
Proposal for a White House Council on Boys & Men. Did you know that there’s a White House Council on Girls & Women, but no council on boys and men? In 2010, a group of leading authors, academics and activists drafted a proposal for a White House Council on Boys & Men; the intent of the proposed Council is to draw attention to and develop solutions to the problems faced by boys & young men. This website contains the full text of the proposal, information about the Boy Crisis, and a petition you can sign to show your support for the development of a White House Council on Boys & Men.
The Boyhood Project offers classes, online seminars and tele-coaching to help parents raise emotionally-connected sons.
Books About Raising Boys
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Our Boys, by Michael Thompson & Dan Kindlon
It’s a Boy!: Your Son’s Development From Birth Through Age 18, by Michael Thompson & Teresa Barker
The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives, by Michael Gurian
The Wonder of Boys, by Michael Gurian
Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men, by Leonard Sax
Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture, by Lisa Bloom
Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes. by Sharon Lamb, Mikel Brown and Mark Tappan
Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, by Stephen James and David S. Thomas
The Mama’s Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger, by Kate Stone Lombardi
Writing the Playbook: A Practitioner’s Guide for Creating a Boy-Friendly School, by Kelley King
Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, by Rosalind Wiseman
Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, by Nancy Peske and Lindsey Biel