Dodging the Crimson Bullet: How a False Alarm Helped Me Realize I Am (Mostly) Ready for My Little Girl to Start Growing Up

Dodging the Crimson Bullet: How a False Alarm Helped Me Realize I Am (Mostly) Ready for My Little Girl to Start Growing Up

Brian Gawlak missed almost every major milestone in his young daughter’s life, but, one day, unexpectedly found himself facing the one big milestone that he wasn’t sure he was ready for…

My Son’s Voice Changed Today

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

Puberty

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A day in the forest and a shared moment of wonderment bring a father and his teenaged son together.

Tips for Boys Starting Puberty

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Puberty can be confusing for boys, despite what they’re taught in school health classes. Wellcast has some solid, practical advice for soon-to-be men.

What Are the 10 Questions to Ask Your Sons Once the Superhero Cape Comes Off?

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After our sons grow past the superhero phase, are we having conversations to help them with their new identity or leaving them alone to figure it out?

How Denying Teenage Sexuality Feeds Rape Culture

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The more we pretend that teenagers aren’t horny, the more dangerous it is.

Call for Submissions: What Does it Mean to Be a Teen Guy in the 21st Century?

What Does It Mean to Be a Teen Guy in the 21st Century

Raising Boys Editor, Marie Roker-Jones is calling on guys, 14-17 years old, to talk about what it means to be a teen in the 21st Century.

Man Boobs

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John Brier does everything he can to try to stop from hating himself for having protruding breasts.

I Was a Reluctant ‘Boy Mom’

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Sometimes it’s good to be wrong: A call for submissions from Aly Windsor, the new editor of our ‘Raising Boys’ section.

Confidence That Bleeds

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Jon Vaughn was secretly hoping he wouldn’t have to deal with the first time his daughter got her period. Here’s how a single dad dealt with it.

Dads and Bras

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William Lucas Walker goes bra shopping for his daughter. Hilarity ensues.

“As a transgendered person, I can no longer deny that one simple chemical can have a profound effect on libido.”

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This comment of the day is from Eli, on the post An Open Letter to My Son About Sex. Image caption: “He takes a hand at bridge and has difficulty in keeping his mind on the game, with the result that he repeatedly trumps his partners tricks.”

Dads: Talking to Your Daughter About Sex

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Lisette Johnson walks dads through the tricky process of talking with their daughters about sex.

Autism and Teenage Angst

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Teen years bring enough turmoil. Imagine also being severely autistic.

Transgender 6-year-old Triumphs Over Discrimination

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One little girl was told that, though her sisters could use the little girls’ room, she had to go to the nurse’s office or teacher’s lounge instead. Colorado decided that the school doesn’t have the right to tell her what gender they want her to be.

How We Can Improve Sex Ed for Boys

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Justin Cascio talks to Elizabeth Schroeder, executive director of Answer, about why boys are tuning out in sex ed classes, and what they want to know most (but aren’t telling us).