Category Archives: Bravery

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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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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What are boys learning from the Superbowl?

As the hype builds up for Sunday’s American Football League Super Bowl game,  American writer, director, and producer Jennifer Siebel Newsom calls time-out to take a look at the destructive role models for boys and sexist attitudes toward women that abound … Continue reading

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Firemaker, Myth Maker, Adventurer, Warrior

As my son’s and my annual pilgrimage to Firemaker Wilderness Survival Camp in the Comox Valley quickly nears, I find myself pondering many questions. Last year, I left camp feeling enthused with a passion to create a work shop of … Continue reading

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A Father’s Day Wish – to bask in the light of love we send you

Dear fathers of children everywhere, (but especially to fathers of boys, since this is a blog about raising them), Happy Father’s Day! To you I send a special message of thanks for committing to your sons’ spiritual and emotional welfare, for … Continue reading

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