Are Legos Just for Boys? It’s Complicated

By Shaunti Feldhahn on September 8, 2017

One of the things that years of research with men and women, boys and girls, has taught me is that the genders are just (gasp!) different. It always stuns me when people push back against this idea – as if…

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How to Effectively Boost Your Son’s Back-to-School Confidence

By Shaunti Feldhahn on August 8, 2017

I just dropped off my 14-year-old son for the start of new year, at a brand-new new school. I had a lump in my throat, knowing how nervous he was about this new season. Every year brings a new set…

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Two Practical Ways to Encourage Your Sons

By Shaunti Feldhahn on June 21, 2017

Many boys these days go through challenging times that are not of their making, and yet they affect how our sons view themselves. Every day, boys experience challenges at school that make them feel stupid, especially since our sit-still-and-listen school…

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3 Things Every Boy Needs From His Mom

By Shaunti Feldhahn on May 11, 2017

In more than a decade of research with thousands of men and boys over the years, one thing that has stood out is the power of a mom’s words to build her son up – or (accidentally) tear him down.…

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Two great ways to boost your son’s self-esteem

By Shaunti Feldhahn on May 3, 2016

Many boys these days go through challenging times that are not of their making, and yet they affect how our sons view themselves. Every day, boys experience challenges at school that make them feel stupid, especially since our sit-still-and-listen school…

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3 Lies You Can’t Let Your Son Believe About Himself

By Shaunti Feldhahn on March 15, 2016

As both a social researcher who has interviewed and surveyed thousands of boys and a mom of a son, I’ve seen three common – and very harmful –things boys tend to believe about themselves.   Mom and Dad, keep an eye…

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Drama-Free Guarantee: Talking to Teenage Boys

By Shaunti Feldhahn on January 26, 2015

Dear Shaunti, My oldest son is having a tough first year of high school – leaving his old friends, trying to make new ones, and dealing with some unfair teachers. I’m thankful that at least he’s talking to us about…

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Conquer the Calendar Without Crushing Your Kids

By Shaunti Feldhahn on January 5, 2015

Dear Shaunti, My 8th grade son is getting involved in extra-curricular activities for the first time, finding out what he likes and making friends in a way he hasn’t before. Which is all great, but every new dodgeball clinic, basketball…

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Prince Charming Wasn’t a Quarterback: Giving Your Son Confidence (Even though He’s Not Mr. Popular)

By Shaunti Feldhahn on June 2, 2014

Dear Shaunti, My 17 year-old son has a great sense of humor, and is fun to be around, but he doesn’t have a lot of confidence with girls because he’s self-conscious about his looks. (Of course, I think he’s adorable…

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Don’t Give the Death Sentence for a Misdemeanor Crime

By Shaunti Feldhahn on April 28, 2014

Dear Shaunti, My 16-year-old son came home an hour past curfew over the weekend – walked in like it was no big deal! “Hey, sorry my battery was dead so I couldn’t text you.” And then when he saw how…

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