Category Archives: Boys

The myth of teen incompetance

Now that I have a full-fledged teen in my house, I’ve been met with a lot of eye-rolling and shaking of heads, presumably because people think my life has become an endless series of arguments, moodiness, withdrawal, and temper tantrums. … Continue reading

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The Mask you live in – revisited

  Reading some notes I’d taken while watching the Miss Representation Project’s film, The Mask You Live In, a couple of years ago.  This film is about the unrealistic stereotypes we railroad boys into, so that they deny their emotional … Continue reading

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The Mask You Live In – shown in Vancouver last Friday night

It was gratifying to be part of an audience of more than a hundred committed and concerned people who showed up for last Friday’s screening of The Mask You Live In, a film about the stereotypes of masculinity in our … Continue reading

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Minecraft Guide for Parents

I’d like to recommend this book for parents and others taking care of kids interested in Minecaft. Not only does it give a step-by-step description of the basic components of Minecraft but it also tells how to install it and … Continue reading

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Controlling our kids

Vancouver doctor and public speaker Gabor Mate and co-author Gordon Neufeld have written a new edition to their 2004 book, Hold on to your Kids with the subtitle Why Parents need to matter more than peers.  The update contains new and … Continue reading

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Real boys : Rescuing our sons from the myths of boyhood by William Pollack

I picked up this book at our local library and thought it was good so here’s a review of some of the highlight. Although dated (late 90s), I’m sure the points Professor Pollack makes still resonate in our culture. In a nutshell, … Continue reading

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Be a Man – three little words that hurt

Be a Man – three little words but oh so powerful – in a bad, bad way. For years boys have been told to “Be a man” which really means don’t like pink, don’t like flowers, don’t give hugs, don’t … Continue reading

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