Category Archives: Daughters

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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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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What Babies Need

Here’s an interesting article from the December 2013 issue of Psychology Today reinforcing the need to give babies lots of face-to-face attention and affection to ensure they thrive. I’m sure this kind of love and attentiveness leads to peace and … Continue reading

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The Broken American Male : and how to fix him

Pretty ambitious title huh?? I can’t claim credit for it. It’s the title of a book by an American Rabbi named Shmuel Boteach whose television series “Shalom at Home” prompted him to write it.  After several months of shooting the … Continue reading

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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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