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 […]

Book Discussion: Raising Boys by Design

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Are you reading along? We recently launched BuildingBoys Virtual Book Club; our first pick is Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive, by Michael Gurian and Gregory Jantz. (Need more details about the book or why we picked it? Click here.) I’m 3 chapters […]

BuildingBoys Book Club

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I am pleased to announce the official launch of the BuildingBoys Virtual Book Club! We had a number of readers express interest, so let’s go going. Here are the details: Our first book will be Raising Boys By Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive, by Michael […]

Q & A with the Author of The Achilles Effect

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Have you read The Achilles Effect? I have and I’ll say this: I’ll never look at media the same way again. I thought I was already pretty savvy to the subtle influences of media, but after reading the book, I’m even more acutely aware of the ways in which pop culture defines “male” and “female.” I’m […]

Q & A with the Author of The Achilles Effect

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Have you read The Achilles Effect? I have and I’ll say this: I’ll never look at media the same way again. I thought I was already pretty savvy to the subtle influences of media, but after reading the book, I’m even more acutely aware of the ways in which pop culture defines “male” and “female.” I’m […]

Helping Our Boys Thrive Amidst Skewed Images of Gender and Sexuality

You know that scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy spies the man behind the curtain? That’s kind of how I feel after reading The Achilles Effect.  After reading the book, it’s impossible to miss the gender-oriented messages that are everywhere. Case in point: I had a few minutes to waste before interviewing Achilles […]

Virtual Book Club: Thoughts on The Achilles Effect

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First, mea culpa! I promised to announce the winner of a free copy the The Achilles Effect: What Pop Culture is Teaching Young Boys About Masculinity last Friday, and I didn’t. I was so excited to share my Best of the Blogs list that I completely forgot to check my blog calendar, which would have, […]

Virtual Book Club: The Achilles Effect

The best thing about blogging? Learning from other people online! Crystal Smith commented on my “Helping Boys in a Sex-Soaked Society” post. Like many of you, she’s concerned about the messages our boys receive from the popular culture. So concerned, in fact, that she wrote a book about it. The Achilles Effect: What Pop Culture […]

Thoughts on Mama’s Boys

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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 […]