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Celebrating Moms on Mother’s Day

Powered by RedCircle Mother’s Day is a day to honor the sacrifices mothers make for their children. At least, that was the intent of Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day in the United States This year, we’re also celebrating the many ways in which mothering has enhanced our lives. (“You can’t stay stagnant as a … Continue reading Celebrating Moms on Mother’s Day

Whole Child Sports: Alternative to Toxic Youth Sports Culture

Powered by RedCircle Whole child sports emphasizes wholesome, safe, and developmentally appropriate athletic experiences for kids. It is the antithesis of the toxic, highly competitive youth sports culture that’s unfortunately become the norm here in the United States. Scott Lancaster, a sports performance coach who worked with the NFL; Luis Fernando Llosa, an investigative reporter … Continue reading Whole Child Sports: Alternative to Toxic Youth Sports Culture

Lads Need Dads with Sonia Shaljean

Powered by RedCircle Lads need dads, says Sonia Shaljean, director of the UK-based organization Lads Need Dads, one of the only projects in the country working to proactively address the impact of the absent father on boys aged 11-15. Many boys with absent or uninvolved fathers, of course, turn out perfectly okay. But many don’t. … Continue reading Lads Need Dads with Sonia Shaljean

Dads Matter (w Marion Hill)

Powered by RedCircle   Dads matter.  Men matter. To become their best, boys need involved dads and male teachers, coaches, & mentors. But when Marion Hill began working in early childhood education in Phoenix, he “noticed there weren’t a lot of fathers around,” he says. Recognizing dads’ importance to kids’ social, emotional, and cognitive development, … Continue reading Dads Matter (w Marion Hill)

Braden Bell Explains Middle School Boys

Middle school boys may seem messy and mysterious, but they’re also entertaining, challenging, and inspiring, says Braden Bell. The middle school years are “a wonderful, magical moment,” says Bell, an experienced educator, father, and grandfather. “It’s important to keep in mind that we are not raising 6th graders, we are not raising 7th graders — … Continue reading Braden Bell Explains Middle School Boys

Michael Gurian on Raising Boys

Powered by RedCircle   When Michael Gurian published The Wonder of Boys in 1996, there “wasn’t any national consciousness about boys’ issues,” he says. A quarter century later, there are dozens of books about boys, and parents, educators, and politicians alike are realizing that we must address boys’ issues if we are to address the … Continue reading Michael Gurian on Raising Boys

Helping Boys Thrive (w Dr. Sandy Gluckman)

Stress and trauma can make it difficult for boys to thrive. Counseling, chiropractic care, socio-emotional learning, and other child-focused interventions may help, but only to a certain degree. For real, lasting, sustainable change to occur, adults must manage their own stress. “There’s nothing good that’s going to come of taking our children to others for … Continue reading Helping Boys Thrive (w Dr. Sandy Gluckman)

Honoring Dads on Father’s Day (& Always)

Father’s Day here in America was first celebrated on June 19, 1910. It wasn’t declared an official holiday until 1972—58 years AFTER  Mother’s Day was made official. Dads have long been assumed to be secondary parents, at best. But popular and persistent stereotypes of fatherhood — though perhaps grounded in some truth — don’t accurately … Continue reading Honoring Dads on Father’s Day (& Always)

Dads, Boys, & Masculinity

Dads need to help boys understand and shape masculinity. In years past, fathers were often “there, but not there,” according to Craig Wilkinson, a dad of two and founder of Father a Nation, a South African nonprofit that addresses gender-based violence, crime and fatherlessness by restoring and equipping  men to be nation-builders, fathers and role … Continue reading Dads, Boys, & Masculinity

Why Are Video Games So Important to Boys?

Why are video games so important to boys? That’s the question a listener sent in response to our recent call for questions. The listener who asked that question just happens to be Jen’s brother — and another one of their brothers happens to be a video game designer, so we got them all together to … Continue reading Why Are Video Games So Important to Boys?