Book Giveaway Winners

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And the winners are: 1) Lisa Tennessen 2) Vesta 3) Ava Parnass All three winners will receive a copy of Raising Boys By Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Sons Need to Thrive by Michael Gurian and Dr. Gregory Jantz. I’ll send the books out early next week. I’ll also share some […]

Where Is the Outrage?

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My morning routine: wake up, have a cup of coffee, get the kids to school, scroll through news headlines on Google before starting work. This morning, one headline caught my eye: 13 shot in Chicago city park.  I clicked over to Facebook, fully expecting see comment after comment expressing outrage at yet another mass shooting. […]

Saving Our Sons

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Boys, especially African-American boys, aren’t doing so well these days. The statistics are dismal, even depressing. At every level, boys (as a population) lag behind girls in academic achievement: Fewer boys than girls are proficient in reading, writing and even math. Fewer boys than girls are graduating high school and completing college. Boys, in general, […]

Talking to Boys

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I’m currently reading Masterminds & Wingmen, by Rosalind Wiseman. You might know her better as the author of Queen Bees & Wannsbes (which was the inspiration for Mean Girls), but let me tell you: This woman knows boys. She’s a mom of two boys, and she worked with over 200 boys to develop and write […]

Book Giveaway: Raising Boys by Design

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Have you heard of Michael Gurian? He’s a nationally-known “boy guru” who’s written a number of books about boys, including The Minds of Boys, The Purpose of Boys and The Wonder of Boys. His latest book, Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive, hits the shelves […]

Do You Let Your Boys Play Football?

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I just returned from dropping Boy #3 off at football practice.  He’s 10-years-old. His older brother, Boy #2, also plays. He’s 13. Both boys are in tackle football leagues. Are you surprised? Our decision to support our boys’ desire to play football is becoming less common. While football was once considered the ultimate boy sport, at […]

Sticks and Swords are OK. Really.

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It’s a question every parent-of-boys has to deal with, sooner or later: Do you let your boys play with guns? How about swords? Sticks-as-swords and -guns? Four boys into this parenting gig, I’ve come to the conclusion that weapons play is OK. (And research tends to back me up.) There are a lot of parents, […]

Winners!

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We have our winners! Five lucky readers have won official BuildingBoys T-shirts. The winners are: Tara Kent Meagan Francis Elizabeth Hanes Mom Brillance Kelly Xavier Didn’t win a T-shirt? Still want one? Stay tuned! We’ll soon be offering BuildingBoys T-shirts in our Store.    

Win a BuildingBoys T-Shirt!

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  To celebrate the launch of BuildingBoys.net, I’m giving away 5 BuildingBoys t-shirts!  The shirts feature our super-awesome logo (as designed by our web designer extraordinaire, Ron Doyle), 3/4 length sleeves and a super-comfy, soft material. I know I’m biased, but I’m telling you: this may be the most comfy shirt I’ve worn in a […]

Raising a Prince

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How would you like that responsibility — raising the prince? That was the question my mom posed to the table last night, in the midst of a raucous family dinner that included my mother and father (now both in their 70s), my oldest brother and his two girls, my youngest brother, his wife and daughter, […]