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I Photograph To Remember

Alishia Osborn | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.23.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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.

Why We Should Care About Boys and Young Men of Color

Tyrone C. Howard | Posted 11.25.2014 | Education
Tyrone C. Howard

My Brother's Keeper is not simply an effort to improve the condition for racial and ethnic minority communities, it is an endeavor of considerable national consequence with a capacity to improve all communities, for all of us.

11 Things Only Parents Of Boys Understand

The Next Family | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
The Next Family

In my vision, there were tea parties and tutus. There were hours spent quietly reading on the couch together. There were braids and pigtails. There was shopping and giggling. There was peace and love and joy and... and... peace. Then, I had boys.

Preschool, Experienced Biblically

Tarja Parssinen | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Tarja Parssinen

After the Time of Potty, he washed his hands and his clothes and the floor and those around him. And then poopeth he did go. Not on the potty, but behind the potted plant. Because it was safe. And they sighed deeply and whispered the Prayer of the Pull-Up.

Why I Want My Sons To See Me Naked

Rita Templeton | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Rita Templeton

I've never refrained from changing clothes in front of them, or leaving the door open when I shower, or nursing babies without a cover. Because I want them to see what a real female body looks like.

What I Will Teach My Boys

Brain, Child | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Brain, Child

I can teach my boys to be safe. Safe with themselves, safe with their bodies, safe with others and their bodies. I will teach my boys that they are not entitled, that they are not owed, that they have the power to wait. To stop. To save.

When Gender Norms Didn't Work For My Kid

Erika Kleinman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Erika Kleinman

Instead of trotting out the same old stereotypes about what girls and boys are like, we could talk about what our children do; how they move through the world. We could talk about all the ways they are human, and how great it is just to be a part of it.

A Message To Our Boys About How (Not) To Become Men

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

Next week, this playground I'm writing from will be teeming with messages. Those messages aren't up to us. But when our boys return, we can make sure our homes are teeming with messages, too.

I Would Learn to Play Hopscotch

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Perhaps it is about having the courage to be myself at the time, even if only a little. Maybe learning to play hopscotch would have created enough space for my girl to breathe. Like a well-kept secret where I would have known what she was doing, that she was there, but no one else would know.

Dads! There Is Nothing Wrong With The Color Pink

Michael Cavender | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Michael Cavender

Pink is the color of hope, beauty and life, and as a parent you should be honored that your son wants to embrace that, it will only make your son a better man and help make the world a world a much better place to live in.

What You Don't Know About That Wild, Unruly Child

Kristen Mae | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Kristen Mae

Next time you see a kid running wild, trailed by a haggard-looking mom with a frizzy ponytail and puffy eyes, just remember: There might be a lot you don't know.