Monthly Archives: June 2011

I have always had a problem with the obsessive attention paid to sports like hockey, football, soccar, and baseball – professional sports predominated by men. Why is it ok  to honour and revere these athletes – and further reward them with overinflated salaries -while begrudging respect … Continue reading

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Smashing windows and burning police cars – modern boy’s rite of passage?

By now many people have heard about the shameful rioting that took place in Vancouver following the Stanley Cup loss last week. Is this the modern boy’s rite of passage I’ve been writing about on my previous two postings?  Smashing windows, … Continue reading

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Is Rough Play Important?

Can more rough play help our boys become more empathetic or more focused? There has been a lot of attention given recently to the values of play in children’s cognitive development.  Free unstructured play, safe access to the outdoors, and … Continue reading

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Boys’ coming of age rituals – showing boys they’re part of the community

Following up on my previous post about the essential truths to be communicated in rites of passage from boys to men,  here are some specifics about the characteristics of such a ritual. It seems like the main thing is that the … Continue reading

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Anger and Sadness – A Hero’s Journey

I really enjoyed my co-blogger, edgymama’s, post last week on boy’s coming-of-age or initiation rituals. She shared some essential spiritual truths to be passed on through ritual to help boys cross the threshold from childhood to adulthood.  These truths might … Continue reading

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