The Eleven Things Only Parents of Boys Understand

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Families with boys are blessed in eleven special ways, says this lesbian mom.

A Message To Our Boys On How To (Not) Become Men

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Boys are taught to suppress emotion. They are taught to act out aggressively. This is not the way to raise good men.

Daddies Cry Too

Daddies Cry Too

After his young son announced that “Daddies don’t cry,” Michael Bryant had to explain to his son why everyone—Daddies included—occasionally needs to have a good cry.

Things Not to Text Your Parents When You Travel

Things Not to Text Your Parents When You Travel

Texting with his son did little to calm Tim Akimoff’s conflicted emotions after he sent his son off on his first solo trip overseas.

Raising Compassionate Boys: Discipline

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Kozo Hattori explores the intersection of compassion and discipline.

The Boy Who Lived: The Story of a Son Who Came Later in Life

The Boy Who Lived: The Story of a Son Who Came Later in Life

Douglas Mine, a former foreign correspondent, shares this memoir about meeting his Italian wife, starting a life together, and the honest emotions that accompany finding out, at age fifty-five, that you’re going to be a father again.

Examining the Axe Effect

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Aaron W. Voyles looks to body sprays and the Old Spice-ification of men.

Boys Kissing Boys: What’s the Problem?

Boys Kissing Boys: What’s the Problem?

Brent Almond wonders why our society stigmatizes boys for showing affection to each other and worries that his young son is already feeling the pressure to conform.

“Rape is a problem of control, not sex…linked to general disrespect & dominance.”

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Jimmy Savile, Rape Culture and the Lessons for Us All

Jimmy Savile, Rape Culture and the Lessons for Us All

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Graham Phoenix finds the term ‘rape culture’ offensive, but in hearing the British Health Secretary, this week, reporting to the British Parliament on the Savile Affair, he questions whether his being offended is valid any more.

Boys Will Be Boys Will Be Broken

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I am a boy.

Someone My Son Can Believe In

Someone My Son Can Believe In

Josh Misner thinks back to the male role models he admired as a child and wonders whether his own son will ever look up to him in the same way.

You’re a Good Man. Have We Left You Out?

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We have a lot of voices on GMP. Is yours getting heard?

10 Things I Learned At Summer Camp

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There’s more to summer camp than s’mores and Capture the Flag: C.F. O’Rourke lists the ways summer camp made him into the man he is today.

How to Raise a Reader

How to Raise a Reader

Michael Carley offers advice for parents who want to encourage their children to embrace books and reading at a young age.

I Was Afraid to Raise a Boy

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It wasn’t until Mandy Brasher finally let herself trust men that she began to trust her ability to raise a man.