The Problem With Raising Sons in the United States

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A national initiative to resolve the “crisis of boys” in America.

A Belated Thank You to My Mother

A Belated Thank You by bark

Ty Phillips remembers the day his mother took the fall to stand between him and hurt.

The Face of Joy

Face of Joy by Bob Bob

Where does pure joy come from? John Faithful Hamer can tell you.

The Readers (after Robert Hayden)

Reading

Recalling Robert Hayden’s classic poem “Those Winter Sundays,” Philip Clark presents his own remembrance of a father and his sacrifices.

What I Learned About Adult Rebellion From My 3-Year-Old Daughter

What I Learned by Citril

Learning to defuse his daughter’s tantrums taught Ty Phillips a surprising lesson about himself.

On Plans to Build My Daughter a Tipi

Tipi

Speaking as a father to a young daughter, Adam Hughes explores the gap between expectation and reality–parental promise and parental failure.

Sorry, But We Never Raised Free-Range Kids

Sorry But We Never by Lisa Duggan

Lisa Duggan looks back at the legend of the free-range childhood and reminds us that it takes a village to raise a kid.

Celebrating the Child in All of Us

Celebrating the Child by Randen Pederson

Ty Phillips helps us start the new year with a healthy dose of childish amazement and wonder.

In the Mirror: Disability, Love and Friendship

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Erin Kelly believes there’s more to love and friendship than what society portrays.

The Snail Poem

Morton

Dakota Garilli’s poem is reminiscent of the old dance between attraction and repulsion–fear of death and fascination with it.

My Son’s Voice Changed Today

Shaving Cream

There’s nothing quite like a good short poem to punch you in the gut. Joshua Wood’s piece does just that.

Remember That Everyone Was a Child Once…Even You

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For Mike Iamele, sometimes the key to getting along is remembering that everyone you’re dealing with was once a kid, too.

Saving a Neighborhood with Birdhouses

The old house was well loved by Dan Szczesny's family. Dan's dad is on the far right

Dan Szczesny returns to his old haunting grounds and finds hope amid the decay.

We Sold Bonkers. We Sold Life.

we sold games

For Gary Almeter, selling his childhood board games was like looking at a movie of his life.

Confession

Fight

Speaking for men who are drawn to violence, Ed Harkness writes compellingly on “why we love the vein of coal /inside us” in this recollection of a harrowing bullying episode.

Why I’m Keeping My Kids Uncool

Why I'm Keeping 3 by tinkerbrad

The cool quotient among preteens has Tor Constantino longing to be a luddite.