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Where the Boys Are

Paula Froelich | Posted 11.19.2013 | Travel
Paula Froelich

Somehow, by sheer accident, I'd wandered into the land of Olympic athletes training for this Winter's Games -- it was like my own private Olympic Village.

Boys Will Be Jerks (and Champions)

Stephen Balkam | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents
Stephen Balkam

Who are these guys and what makes them tick? What does it take to be a young male in a highly competitive culture? And how has Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat complicated an already difficult and challenging terrain?

A Boy and His Tutu: One Lesbian Mom's Perspective

CT Working Moms | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

Here we are, lesbian moms, worried about our boy (WHO IS ONLY 3!) loving dress up. For the record, he is just as content putting on his Hulk hands, Superman cape, policeman shirt and fireman outfit. So, why the immediate "oh no" response from the moms?

Growing Pains

Allison Tate | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

He will be OK. He is ready, and he can do this, and it is going to get a lot better than it was today. That doesn't mean that this is going to be awesome. Growing up can kind of suck sometimes -- for kids and for parents.

Packing Up My Son's Childhood Bedroom

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 11.09.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

This is about a room. No. It's about a boy.

Gender Segregation and Civil Rights

Lise Eliot | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Lise Eliot

The fact is, gender-segregated classrooms, even when freely-chosen, create an institutional sexism that reinforces beliefs about men and women's intellectual inequality in the larger society.

Media's Shameless Role in Peddling Gender Stereotypes to Children

Lori Day | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Lori Day

It's brilliant. It's lucrative. It's also a breathtaking act of psychological vandalism against our children. Media shapes perception, and perception becomes reality.

The Best Way To Wake A Sleeping Teenager

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 10.05.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

When I hear parents of young children talk about how their kids wake them at the crack of dawn, and how they'd give anything for an extra hour of sleep, I empathize. Then I tell them not to wish it away too fast, because snuggly toddlers in the wee hours beat teen vampires any day of the week.

'Straightening Up' the Classroom

James Harrell | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
James Harrell

Several of the older boys began to lie on one another, each resting his head on the lower waist of the boy behind him, until one of the male teachers reminded them that they were "acting gay." This teacher was out of line, but he wasn't out of character for many educators in our nation's classrooms.

How Society's Expectations May Be Harming Boys

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents

Say "The Mask You Live In" quickly and it sounds a little bit like "masculine." That's a link filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom is hoping people make w...

Does Liberty and Justice for All Include Our Boys?

Tim Wright | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Tim Wright

As our nation rounds the corner on another birthday and continues its long history of trying to figure out exactly what it means to be a nation of liberty and justice for all, it's a good time to look at an increasingly "lost" group in our culture: our sons.

How to 'Build' a Better Dad

Tim Wright | Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents
Tim Wright

Imagine a world where deadbeat dads are replaced by life-enhancing dads; where absent dads are replaced by fully-engaged dads and where fathers are no longer the source of deep wounds, but the source of strength, affirmation, love and hope.

Crocheting Burkas: What The Heck Are Gender Role Classes?!?

Sally Kohn | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Sally Kohn

What would such gender classes look like? Because before we dismiss Rep. Gingrey's grunts about raising "ideal" women and men in society, maybe we should explore what he might mean.

Victim Blaming Has Achieved a New Low Watermark

Lori Day | Posted 08.03.2013 | Media
Lori Day

When you consider that animals bring on their own assaults, it is not hard to understand this same mentality when applied to all sorts of people by other people.

When Does A Boy Really Become A Man?

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 08.03.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

Of course, there are mothers who will never see their boys as men, just as there are boys who never want to grow up -- who don't understand the fine line between being childish and maintaining a child-like quality. One is sexy, the other, not so much.

The New Meaning Of Up All Night

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

I remember when the expression up all night involved parties, studying, and amour. Then my kids were born, and it took on a whole new meaning.

Why Are Boys So Violent?

Niobe Way, Ed.D. | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Niobe Way, Ed.D.

The deep secrets of boys and men, according to the research, is that they have the same desire for connection and close friendships as girls and women and that many of our cultural norms of masculinity are hurting rather than helping boys find what they need and want.

It Could Have Been My Boy

Jeanne Allen | Posted 06.23.2013 | Parents
Jeanne Allen

The events of recent months tell us we must all do that, no matter how incorrect the social scientists believe such behavior to be. Every mother must ask herself -- do I really know my child? Do I understand how he spends his time, what he needs, whether he is masking some hidden hurt?

Riding In Cars With Boys

Gigi Ross | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Gigi Ross

I think about the next female that might look over at him in a car. A faceless girlfriend. He is too adorable for words, with his dimples, endless brown eyes and that shaggy surfer hair that curls just right. He is no longer the fat baby who hated being in his car seat.

Is 'Thinspo' for Guys Any Less Harmful Than 'Thinspo' For Girls?

Cristen Conger | Posted 06.12.2013 | Women
Cristen Conger

Even though the media have reported on "thinspiration" -- a.k.a. thinspo -- websites for more than a decade, one of the first direct acknowledgement...

Men and Boys Behaving Badly: Where Are Their Fathers?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We need to establish a firm principle: the abuse of women by men will no longer be tolerated by other men. The voices of more men need to make that perfectly clear. For boys, for young athletes, and for fathers, Steubenville should become a wake-up call.

For Young Kids, Medicine Poisoning Can Happen Faster Than You Think

Kate Carr | Posted 05.22.2013 | Parents
Kate Carr

Regardless of how it happens, it only takes a few seconds for curious children to get into medicine that could make them very sick or worse. That's why it's important to take a look around your house to make sure all medicines and vitamins are up and away and out of sight.

Before It's Too Late: Understanding the Impact of Institutionalization on Children

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Parents
Adam Pertman

Through all the dark shadows that Russia has cast with its ban on adoptions by Americans -- on the affected girls and boys, on the U.S. citizens seeking to become their parents and on the process of international adoption itself -- a thin glimmer of light is struggling to emerge.

Beauty and the Boy: The Impact of Negative Body Image on Our Boys

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Even as our acceptance of less rigid gender roles grows in other areas, the pressure on boys to be "toned and muscular" represents a return to a traditional notion of masculinity and what it means to be a man. The message: It's fine if boys want to go around wearing sparkly nail polish as kids, as long as they grow up to be big and strong and macho.

6 Things Not To Say To A Parent

Allison Tate | Posted 03.08.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

I am always surprised by what strangers are willing to say, especially in front of my children. Most people mean well, but Miss Manners could have a field day with what I have encountered.