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Raising Compassionate Boys Means Having Compassion for Boys

Tosha Schore, M.A. | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Tosha Schore, M.A.

We can't just be compassionate when it comes easily. Having compassion requires taking a virtual trip into the dark depths of those who do wrong by us, or by others, learning their stories, letting go of anger, disappointment or embarrassment, and moving on.

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

Lori Day | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so bad, or perhaps even good.

This Little Boy Went To Disney World And Proposed To Every Princess In Sight

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents

What do you do when you're a 5-year-old boy and your parents take you to Disney World? Start proposing, of course. That's exactly what Parker did ...

What I Want My Son to Know About Love

Camia Gavin | Posted 02.13.2015 | Parents
Camia Gavin

It made me realize that there's a lot to learn about love, more than paper hearts, candy, and silly marketing, and that there's also a lot to teach my kids. Here's what I want my son to know about love.

Poor Body Image: It's Not Just For Girls Anymore

The Next Family | Posted 02.12.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

When my daughter was born, I was ready. I had my facts straight and knew exactly how I wanted my daughter to feel about her body. To think about her self-worth. I was prepared to wage war on negative body image. Never in a million years did it occur to me that my real concern should have been her twin brother.

#LikeAMan... What Does That Mean?

CT Working Moms | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
CT Working Moms

My favorite part is a little over a minute in, when the boy in the yellow shirt realizes that his interpretation of #LikeAGirl insulted girls, including possibly, his own sister. I love this ad so very much. However, as a boy mom, I just have to say... what about the boys?

How Many Moms Does It Take To Draw a Heart?

Ashley Allen | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
Ashley Allen

This week, one of my 5-year-old twin boys and I sat down to do arts and crafts. (He actually mispronounces this activity as "arts and craps," and I'm perfectly OK with this pronunciation, as it pretty much conveys how I feel about it).

About a Boy

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

Children and teenagers know about sex, think about sex and act on their biological and psychological urges to try it -- or to at least imagine trying it.

10 Things I Want My Son To Learn Before He Becomes A Teenager

The Next Family | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

As we stand on the cusp of zits and body hair and raging hormones, I am beginning to think about the type of teenager I want him to be in a couple of years. And the type of man I want him to eventually become.

A New Year's Resolution For Imperfect Parents

Tosha Schore, M.A. | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Tosha Schore, M.A.

Sometimes things just don't come out the way we mean them to. Okay. That's an understatement. Sometimes we just plain say sh*t to our kids that we shouldn't! As I see it, we may get lots of support and generally do a pretty fabulous job of keeping our feelings in check and our parenting on track, but at some point we're all going to blow it.

I Photograph To Remember

Alishia Osborn | Posted 02.11.2015 | Parents
Alishia Osborn

I like to take photos of things that may be a bit out of the ordinary: My kids eating, a random trip to Goodwill, the horrid bed head my middle child wakes up with every morning.

Debunking the Myths About Boys and Emotions

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Yet scientists are discovering that what society says about men's (and boys') social and emotional abilities is simply not true, and that cultivating their natural capacity for emotional attunement and relationships is critical to their overall well-being. But we need to start when they're young.

Letters to Hadley: Boy Friends

Liz Olson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

My first best friend was a boy. His name was Nicholas, and I met him in Kindergarten. He was very good at the monkey bars and so was I, and so we became friends.

Jessica Samakow

The Dangerous Lessons Kids Learn From Sexist T-Shirts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Samakow | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents

Art by Damon Scheleur Mike Adamick was shopping at Target with his daughter when she saw a retro Superman shirt in the boys’ section. She w...

10 Things I Want My Son To Know Before He Turns 10

Lindsey Mead | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

You can be strong and feel a lot at the same time. In fact, feeling a lot makes you stronger. That's true regardless of whether you're a boy or a girl.

Sometimes Pre-School Boys Are Just Being Boys

Caren Chesler | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Caren Chesler

To stand there watching the two of them felt odd, like we were watching gladiators or a cock fight. It felt wrong. But every time I wanted to stop them, I would look at my son's face, and he seemed all right.

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Lisa Mirza Grotts

The Bar Mitzvah is to the Jews as Confirmation is to several Christian denominations. It occurs when a Jewish boy turns thirteen, and it takes place on the first Saturday after that birthday.

The Problem and the Solution

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

People throughout the U.S. have such a bad opinion of politicians that in their early years they prepare for other occupations and vocations, never giving serious thought to becoming a politician.

What To Do When Your Child Swears At You

Tosha Schore, M.A. | Posted 01.04.2015 | Parents
Tosha Schore, M.A.

Moving towards our kids is so important -- even more so in those moments when we feel it's the last thing we want to do.

Low Riders in Outer Space: Cathy Camper on Graphic Novels, Robert Rodriguez, & Diversity

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Cathy Camper at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books) at one of our favorite book stores, Powell's in Portland, Oregon. As soon as she pitched us her graphic novel, Low Riders in Outer Space," we knew this was a great book waiting to happen.

Where Are My Rape Threats?

David Trumble | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
David Trumble

The malignant only threaten those who make inroads, who carve out spaces where they can be heard and can affect change, who realize their independent and collective power and wield it, from every dark corner into every dark corner.

Are You Unknowingly Shutting Yourself Off From Your Own Wholeness?

Panache Desai | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Panache Desai

In a conversation with a Toronto audience in 2013, Hillary Clinton stated, "Hypothetically speaking, I really do hope that we have a woman president i...

What You Need To Know About 6-Foot Trick-Or-Treaters

Marion Franck | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Marion Franck

I thought it was all about big boys, who should have known better, shaking me down for candy. Then again, some things don't make sense until you've lived them with your own child -- and not a moment sooner.

Full Moon Riot: The Perils of Mothering a Werewolf

Jessica McNeill Azar | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Jessica McNeill Azar

Now that this month's hideous full moon is finally waning, I feel like it's semi-safe to write about the onslaught of terror that occurs in my house every month... and I'm not referring to MY "time of the month."

The Hardest Part About Living With All Boys

Sarah Smiley | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

"The chances are 50/50 every time," my husband said. Fifteen years and three sons later, I am completely outnumbered and, frankly, fighting a losing battle. Even the dog is male.