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 […]

BuildingBoys Book Club: Blurred Lines

This month’s book might be an uncomfortable read. But if you have high school or college-aged sons, I recommend joining us anyway. Sex and consent are two topics we can’t shy away from, and they’re the central focus of journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis’ new book, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, & Consent on Campus. The book is […]

Why Don’t Students Like School?

Contrary to popular belief, the brain is not designed for thinking. — Daniel Willingham That quote, found halfway down page one of Chapter One in Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom, took my breath away. So simple, so straightforward […]

BuildingBoys Book Club: Why Don’t Students Like School?

My 10-year-old hates school. My 13-year-old isn’t exactly fond of it either. (He’s constantly asking if he can do online school instead.) And I’m co-hosting a webinar entitled “Help! My Son Hates School!” later this month. No wonder Daniel Willingham’s book, Why Don’t Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How The Mind […]

BuildingBoys Book Club: The Last Boys Picked

The more we understand the pressures our boys face in the wider world, the better we’ll be able to help them cope with those pressures. The more we understand our boys’ experiences, the better we’ll be able to advise, guide, parent and teach our boys. That’s why I do what I do here at BuildingBoys, […]

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 […]