3 Tragic Consequences Of Telling Boys To “Man Up”

Much has been said about how damaging it is to live in a culture which tells boys and young men to “man up“. By continuing to use this kind of language, we unwittingly perpetuate the myth that not only is “manning up” preferable, but that it’s not good to show any signs of weakness or […]

Viral Video Shows How Boy Energy Can Be Mistaken and Misappreciated

Have you seen this absolutely adorable video of a boy helping his baby brother out of the crib?  If you haven’t, take a moment and watch right now. This video showcases everything I love about little boys — their compassion, creativity, persistence and problem-solving. I mean, think about what’s happening here: Baby brother wants OUT. He […]

4 Steps to Teaching, Understanding & Parenting Boys

Perhaps the toughest thing for any mom of boys — and, I’d guess, female teacher of boys — is learning to understand boys. I’ve never been a boy. I don’t know how they think, I don’t know why they do what they do and I don’t know how they feel. I don’t know what their […]

Are Boys Failing School or Is School Failing Boys?

It’s the ultimate chicken-or-egg question. According to a comprehensive new report about gender and education: Compared to girls, boys are more likely to say they think school is a waste of time, show up late to class and generally be less ambitious with their education and career expectations. They also spend less time doing homework […]

7 Ways Teachers Can Make School Better For Boys

A lot of boys hate school. That’s not exactly a well-kept secret. If you have boys of your own, you’ve likely heard plenty about what they don’t like about school, ranging from the food served at lunch (in my kids’ case, disgusting and not enough) to teachers they don’t like (the word boring gets tossed around […]

The Boy Crisis

Recently, I had the chance to talk with Warren Farrell, PhD, chair of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys & Men and author of The Myth of Male Power, Why Men Are They Way They Are and Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say. Dr. Farrell outlined what he considers the five components […]

On Boys, Video Games and Setting Boundaries

Many times parents will come up to me and say, “Warren, I don’t know what to do. I invite my son to dinner and he’s wrapped up in video games. He says he’s going to come in a minute and a minute turns into half an hour. We keep reminding him and saying that dinner […]

#12daysofBuildingBoys

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Today is the first day of #12daysofBuildingBoys! What’s #12daysofBuildingBoys? It’s our way of building awareness of the issues faced by boys and those who care about them. It’s a way to share information, ideas and best practices for building boys. It’s also our way to thank you, our readers and contributors. During #12daysofBuidlingBoys — which […]

Men & Boys Cry Too

The NFL has taken a lot of (deserved) hits lately. The league’s questionable handling of some of its players’ unquestionably bad behavior have left many wondering if the NFL, football and professional sports don’t contribute to a culture of toxic masculinity – a one-sided, tough-guy version of manliness that sometimes spawns ideas of male entitlement and acts […]

You Know You Have Boys When… (Shower Edition)

 …your shower is filled with manly bath products such as: and and sweet surprises Sometimes, you also find some not-so-pleasant surprises. That splotch, down there in the corner? That’s goop/goo/algae/nastiness from when Boy #2 cleaned out the fish tank this weekend. What’s the funniest/nastiest/most surprising thing you’ve found in your shower?