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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 11.17.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 09.25.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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.

Not Fit To Lead

Jeffrey Simon | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Simon

I'm a filmmaker, an Eagle Scout, and I'm creating a web series, Camp Abercorn, inspired by my time working as a closeted staff member at Scout Camp. And it's pro-Boy Scouting.

Watch A Butterfly Land On This Boy's Face, And Relive The Wonders Of Childhood

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 08.07.2014 | Good News

When it was time for a little boy to set a butterfly free, something magical happened -- the butterfly landed on his face. OK, maybe that wasn't exact...

Sassy Pants

Amy Mullis | Posted 10.06.2014 | Fifty
Amy Mullis

My husband doesn't look like Zac Efron. But he looks like Prince Charming to me. And he does the dishes. And brings me a cup of tea every night.

Princess Slays the Knight

Tara Kennedy-Kline | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Tara Kennedy-Kline

My hope for men and women everywhere is that we will abandon the quest for dominance over the opposite sex and seek instead to be united as kings and queens who each wield their masculine and feminine gifts to rule their kingdoms together.

Why We Need to Talk About the Sexual Assault of Men and Boys

Kristen DeFalco | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Kristen DeFalco

Let's talk about rape. No, not the rape of women and girls that seems to consume the media, and has become a staple for just about every drama on television these days. I'm talking about the conversation that nobody is having; the rape and sexual assault of men and boys.