Category Archives: Nurture

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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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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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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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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