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Yelling: Our Parental Language of Love

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Marjoriet T. Matute

Screaming, crying and talking back are all traits that were immediately removed from the equation and replaced with smiles, genuine conversations and explanations. Yes, we yell, but then it's followed up with the why's and why not's.

Boy Talk at Recess: Pokemon, Light Sabers, and Things That Go Boom

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

As a parent, my heart sank when I got the email at the end of my day. It read, "Re: Son's Bad Choices." It was from my son's classroom teacher and it chronicled my 9-year old's decision to use his parent-led classroom art time to express his recent interest in morbid-talk.

How an Awkward Middle Kid and a Super Blood Moon Changed My Outlook

Rachel Pross | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Rachel Pross

All of this time we spend worrying about meaningless things could be spent cherishing the fleeting moments that we have on this tiny planet with our loved ones. How many families stood outside that night staring at the moon together?

A Prayer For My Son

John Kinnear | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
John Kinnear

Let him be good enough at sports to be picked third or fourth, but not good enough to want to play on expensive club teams or have unrealistic dreams of being a professional athlete.

Gender Liberation: Leaving Men Behind

Brett Gleason | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Brett Gleason

Even with my chin length hair kids mock me for having 'girl hair' -- as if there's something inherently offensive about being a girl. So much has evolved with gender identity since I was a kid but I fear men and boys are being left behind in our liberation of behavior from gender.

Are Boys Just Wired to Treat Girls Differently

Gail Hoffer-Loibl | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Gail Hoffer-Loibl

So how does a child, who has yet to learn about the generally accepted rule that females are the "weaker" sex already treat girls more delicately than boys? I honestly have no idea. Maybe he is just picking up on the behavior of other children.

Real Men Don't Need the NRA

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

If we develop young boys into testosterone-fueled, entitled "winners" who succeed by suppressing real feelings and behaving aggressively, we shouldn't be surprised when they act as they have been conditioned to act.

Slugs, Bullies and Raising a Boy

Vicki Wilson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Vicki Wilson

My son came home from preschool one day and said a boy was mean to him. I tried to get some specifics -- what did he do? Did he say something? Take away a toy? My son didn't explain much. I tried not to worry.

Surviving the Summer

Beth Whitley | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Today is day 3, and we're doing alright. Yesterday we had 14 children round to play all morning, and another 3 in the afternoon - filling our home with those truly amusing humans Hannah loves and creating a chaotic normality indeed!

Defending My Son Who Wears Skirts While Fighting Victim Blaming And Sexism

Lee Lee | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

My son isn't hurting anyone. For whatever reason, he is choosing to wear frills and frocks on occasion. Yet the assumption is that he will be teased for dressing "like a girl," and that action should be taken to prevent this from happening.

On Freedom and Independence: 11-Year-Old Boys

Lorri Horn | Posted 07.04.2015 | Parents
Lorri Horn

Eleven-year-old city boys camping, ride bicycles freely as we once did, up and down the cul-de-sacs, no helmets, no curfews, no limits. Coming and going as they please, a first taste of freedom and independence. Mine comes in only to water and feed, dropping his bike at the base of the cabin.

Heroic Boys Rescue Young Children From Burning Home In Florida

AP | MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 06.19.2015 | Good News

OAKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Typical of their hot summer days free from school, 11-year-old Jeremiah Grimes and 10-year-old Isiah Francis were plopped on th...

The No More Lists List

Mary McLaurine | Posted 06.15.2015 | Comedy
Mary McLaurine

I am unwilling to accept the new list style of blogging that seems to be trending now. Here's why.

Tender Is the New Strong for Boys

LJ Charleston | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
LJ Charleston

While girls are given the freedom these days to be strong, think about giving your boys the freedom to be tender and soft.

This Dad Painted His Nails To Support His Bullied Son

HuffPost Brazil | Diego Iraheta | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents

When a 4-year-old Brazilian boy was bullied at school, his parents, Thiago and Laura Sagrilo, had the best response. Arthur, it seems, has a...

Our Boys Need Nurturing Too

Gail Hoffer-Loibl | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Gail Hoffer-Loibl

I want my son to feel that his desire to be gentle and nurturing will be encouraged as much as our daughters are encouraged to be strong and independent.

How Highly Gendered Toys Present an Exclusively Heterosexual Worldview to Children

Lori Day | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

Let kids choose. What are we so afraid of? If we are fine with choice, it is time to show the toy manufacturers and marketers that their financial profiteering off the gendering of our children's toys is over.

What Does It Mean to 'Be a Man'?

Sutheshna Mani | Posted 06.23.2015 | Women
Sutheshna Mani

There is no doubt that historically, oppressive patriarchal societies have caused mayhem to women in the past and today, but do we ever think to ourselves, were men truly "free" in these systems, despite being the privileged sex?

Why My Daughter Never Got A Trampoline For Her Birthday

Teresa Kindred | Posted 06.19.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

From the time my daughter was old enough to jump up and down, she asked for a trampoline every year for her birthday. She never got one and there are four very good reasons why. While she made it through childhood relatively unscathed, she had four brothers who each thought they were Superman.

12 Brilliant Kids' Clothing Lines That Say No To Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents

In October 2013, Jennifer Muhm's 4-year-old daughter declared she wanted to be an astronaut for Halloween. But when the mom and daughter flipped throu...

Making It Personal

Beth Whitley | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

I have enough close friends with children whose milestones have, like Hannah's, not been reached, to know that I am not the only one who finds birthdays hard.

Raising Compassionate Boys Means Having Compassion for Boys

Tosha Schore, M.A. | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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.