Monthly Archives: August 2011

The age of seven

I sit here with a mixture of excitement and sadness on the eve of my son’s 7th birthday. It seems like a real turning point – no longer is he a 2-year-old, inclined to push smaller children over or whack someone else … Continue reading

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3) Physical Force With vs. Against – Con’t

Here I am again after a two week haitus.  I apologise!  Thankfully my partner is holding the ship afloat.  Thanks Edgymama!   Are boys naturally more aggressive?  It would seem that generally speaking they are.  But over the last months I … Continue reading

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Boys rites of passage – the role of community

What is the place of community in a boy’s rite of passage? It is to nurture and rear a confident individual, one who feels a sense of belonging and commitment, and invests in its well-being. It also means realizing that … Continue reading

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Breeding – the automatic making of an adult?

Carrying on with the notes that Robert Campbell wrote down for me to share on this blog about boys’ rites of passage,  he says that simply being able to breed allows a man to count as an adult in our culture. This regardless of a man’s proficiency in … Continue reading

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