Boys and Organization (or lack thereof)

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In the Northern Hemisphere, school is starting and in the Southern Hemisphere, you are all (well, at least those of you involved with education) thinking about the last part of the school year. In either case, the issue of organization may have reared its shaggy head because your son is unable or unwilling to organize … Read more

Rites of Passage

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I just got back from the Boys’ Schools conference and that always gives me lots of new topics to share with you all. The theme for the conference this year was Building Boys into Good Men and there were lots of speakers talking about how to do just that. One of the sessions I attended … Read more

Back to school: Ready, set … GO

For those of you in the US, school is about to start again. If you are in the UK, there’s a bit of time before school starts, but it’s still coming up soon. This post is for you all. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re in the middle of the school year … Read more

Lessons from the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case

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For those of us who are parenting boys, the outcome in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case in Florida is very concerning. Just being a boy seems to put a young man at risk in this world. Boys are more likely to be identified as autistic or having learning disabilities, more likely to commit suicide or … Read more

School’s out. What’s a boy to do?

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What will your son do during his school break? Here in the northern hemisphere, children are already on summer break or will be on break shortly.  In the southern hemisphere, your children will have winter break shortly.  So what are you going to do when you hear, “I’m so bored!” All of the suggestions depend … Read more

Navigating the transition from elementary to middle school

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For any kid, moving up from elementary to middle school presents a challenge. For boys, who are almost always still children – i.e. have not hit puberty yet – when they enter middle school, that change might not seem too much of a change at first. The learning shift that happens in middle school – … Read more

Q & A: Real moms of real boys

Over on the Facebook page for the new book, I’ve been having some great conversations with moms from around the world about engaging and raising boys who love to learn. I thought I’d share some of that dialog here, so here goes: Mom: My son is 11 years old and I am a young single … Read more