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 […]

What Boys (& Parents) Need to Know About Sex & Consent

It’s not easy to talk about sex, consent & rape. It’s not easy to read, write or think about those topics either. And that’s the real reason why this post is coming a full 2 1/2 weeks after I announced Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, & Consent On Campus as BuildingBoys’ most recent book club […]

Why You Should Read The Last Boys Picked

I’ve never been a boy, but boy do I know all about being the last kid picked! I was always non-athletic. (In fact, until very recently, I still described myself as “one of the most non-athletic people you’ll ever meet.”) I wasn’t interested in sports and I wasn’t good at sports. Likely, those two things […]

BuildingBoys Book Club: Raising Boys by Design, Part 2

Building Boys Featured Image

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 […]

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

Building Boys Featured Image

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 […]

The Secret Lives of Boys: A Conversation with Malina Saval

What is it really like being a male teen? How do today’s boys see themselves and the world around them? What do boys dream about? What makes boys cry? These are the questions journalist Malina Saval set out to answer in a three year research study where she crisscrossed the country speaking to boys from […]

Thoughts on Mama’s Boys

Building Boys Featured Image

Have you ever been counseled to push your son away? To create some psychological distance between yourself and your son? To stop “babying” him or kissing or hugging him? Ahmeritt, a Blogging ‘Bout Boys reader was. Her son is now 18, but she distinctly remembers “a church deacon counseling my husband to not let his […]

And the Winner Is…

Building Boys Featured Image

Denise Schipani! Denise, who blogs over at Confessions of a Mean Mommy, is proud mommy to Daniel and James. She’s also sick of people assuming that her boys will someday grow up and forget all about her. (Boy-moms, can you relate? I sure can!) Thanks to all who entered my contest. Only one could win, […]

Contest Announcement: Book Giveaway!

Building Boys Featured Image

In case you missed it yesterday, I’m giving away one autographed copy of Laura Lee Grove’s new book, I’m Outnumbered: One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys. To enter: •Leave a comment, either telling me one thing you’ve learned about raising boys or asking a question about boys. I’ll answer all questions […]


Building Boys Featured Image

In the early 1900s, gay meant happy and carefree. In 2010, gay is about the worst epithet a boy can throw at a another boy. Last year I blogged about Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, a book that explores boys’ seach for meaning and masculinity. That post came to mind […]