Category Archives: Respect

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 – 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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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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Ten most violent video games (plus alternatives) An American organization, Common Sense Media has compiled a list of what they consider the 10 most violent  video games currently being played. Common Sense Media states that it is dedicated to improving the … 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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Learning about the world through travel – Guatemala

We are here in Guatemala – a little way outside a small village called San Marcos la laguna on beautiful Lake Atitlan which is a few hours west of Guatemala city. They call it the land of the eternal spring … Continue reading

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Guns revisited

In light of last month’s shooting tragedy in Conneticut, I was asked about guns, their availability and appeal, and gun control. I don’t make any claims to be an expert in analyzing such a thing but I do have a … Continue reading

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