Category Archives: Happiness

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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Building community one Pokemon at a time

  I just had to check out this crazy phenomenon of Pokemon Go tonight because I’d heard it was getting people out in the community – one of my heartfelt desires for my kids and myself. Amid groups of bluegrass … 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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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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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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Hold on to your boy

Someone asked me about their 3-year old son’s recent change in behaviour in not wanting to go out to playgroups or activities as much as he had before. We had a similar situation around the same age and I struggled … 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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