How Parenting Teenage Boys Prepared Me for a Pandemic

None of us expected this pandemic, save maybe a few epidemiologists and public health experts who “expected” it in the same way we all “expect” to die, which is to say that we know it will happen, but we have no idea when or how or what it will feel like. Three months or so […]

The Best Ways To Reinforce Your Sons’ Education

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Parents want to do as much as they can to help their boys grow up into well-rounded and well-educated individuals. One way parents can really make a big difference is by helping to reinforce the education their children get in school. The more information and skills your boys develop throughout their schooling will increase their […]

Math Help – Calculating Basic Values for Circles

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The Oxford Dictionary defines the circle is, “a round plane figure whose boundary (the circumference) is equidistant from a fixed point.” Wikipedia calls it “a simple closed shape.” In his treatise, “The Elements,” Euclid defined it this way: “A circle is a plane figure bounded by one line, and such that all right lines drawn […]

When Boys Refuse to Do “Stupid” Homework

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  What do you do with a son who refuses to do this homework? Especially a son who refuses out of principle — a son who most certainly could do the homework, but has decided it’s not worth his time and energy? This is not a rhetorical question. This is a question I have faced […]

Helping Boys to Succeed in School

Image source It is a scientific fact that boys’ and girls’ brains develop differently.  Because of this fact, the way they learn at school is different, although not many schools take much notice of this.  In the US, the public education system has been the same for more than 100 years, and you need to […]

How to Deal with an Unmotivated Boy

Do you have an unmotivated boy? You’re not alone. If fact, according to the comments I hear from parents of boys all over the world, motivated boys are the aberration, especially in the tween and teen years. It’s far more common to hear things like: “My son is 15. He is completely unmotivated. He hates […]

5 Back-to-School Resolutions

Resolutions and New Year’s go hand in hand, right? So why not make a few resolutions at the beginning of the new school year? These 5 resolutions can take some of the stress out of school (for you and your son!) 1. I will get to know my son’s teacher.  Your son’s teacher will be […]

Homework Tip #3: Let Your Kids Figure Out When & Where to Work

Homework battles are perhaps the most common complaint from parents of boys. “He won’t do his homework,” “He’s so disorganized!” and “If only he’d try…” are near-constant refrains. (Seriously: the next time you’re in the company of parents of boys and the topic of homework comes up, mentally tally how many times you hear these phrases.) […]

Less Berating And More Motivating Your Boy To Study

Bringing up a child properly is no easy task. Not only do you have to look after them but you have to teach them to look after themselves. When it comes to education, of course, the task can become even trickier. If you have a boy with his head in the clouds and very little […]

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 […]