Why I Want My Boys to be Just Like Pa

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The real Pa Ingalls I loved Little House on the Prairie when I was the kid. Loved the books, loved the TV series. I watched the TV show every week, and read and re-read the books more times than I can count. So when I had kids, I naturally wanted to introduce them to characters […]

Musings on Manhood

My friend, Dr. Marcus Jackson, a middle school principal and writer, is currently surveying men about their definition of manhood. (If you’re a guy, and have something you’d like to share, post your thoughts in the comments below.) I’m intrigued by his survey, so I posted his question on my Facebook page. One of my […]

Jesus Was a Boy Too

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I’m not exactly a Biblical blogger. In fact, we might go years and years without me ever mentioning the Bible again. And yet…. Last night a certain passage caught my eye. Even if you’re not a religious person, you’ve probably heard the story. It’s the story of Jesus in the temple, the time when 12-year-old […]

Boys Can Do Anything

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Equality is usually a world we hear in relationship to girls and women. The assumption is that boys and men have ruled the world for so long that there’s virtually nothing they can’t do. Except. Rigid role expectations still confine far too many boys (& men) to less-than-fulfilling lives. The Boy Code is still going […]

Kid Power

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“It’s only really in America that parents have no expectation of their kids until age 18. Then they expect them to get into a good college and if they do that, they can live off their parents’ money for another four years.” — Zac Sunderland Have you heard of Zac Sunderland? He made news a […]

Becoming a Man

I now see Mary Poppins in a whole new light. That’s wonderful, you may be thinking. But what does Mary Poppins have to do with becoming a man?  Hang in there. I’ll get to it. I promise. If you ask me, Mary Poppins may be the most relevant musical playing Broadway. Consider this: Mr. Banks, the father in […]