“Re-Stereotyping” Boys, Part 2: Character

By Tim Wright on October 8, 2013

As I mentioned in my last two posts, in our well-intentioned desire to rescue our boys (and girls) from boy stereotypes, we have unintentionally robbed boys of any vision for what it means to be a boy.  And with no…

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“Re-Stereotyping” Boys–Part 1: Boy Biology

By Tim Wright on October 3, 2013

Faster than a speeding bullet… More powerful than a turbo jet engine… Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound… Look, up in the sky…it’s a bird…it’s a plane… It’s a boy! In my last post I suggested that…

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The Troubling “De-Stereotyping” of Boys

By Tim Wright on October 1, 2013

Prince Jake was kind and caring. Princess Rose was brave and strong. –from A Fairy Tale, by Lego Books What makes a boy a boy? Seems no one really knows anymore.  We’ve spent so much time as of late trying…

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Could the Church be the Best Hope for Our Boys?

By Tim Wright on September 25, 2013

These are tough days to be a boy! Boys are falling behind girls in virtually every area of education from pre-school to college The average reading skills of a 17 year old boy have declined in the last 20 years…

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No Girls Allowed! Why Boys Need Boy Space

By Tim Wright on September 20, 2013

During a recent men’s retreat a couple of us men we’re talking about boys and specifically the issue of boys’ and girls’ “space.”  The first comment came from a dad whose wife insists that whatever he buys for his 2…

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The 50 “Boy-less” White House Years (And Why They Might Matter to 21st Century Boys)

By Tim Wright on September 16, 2013

When was the last time a little boy was living in and running around the White House (and I mean a real little boy…not a President acting like a boy)? President Obama? Raising two girls President Bush? His two girls…

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The Tyranny of Sameness–Robbing Boys of their Boy-ness

By Tim Wright on September 12, 2013

For all of the great advances women, in particular, have experienced thanks to the Women’s Movement, one of the consequences, intended or unintended, is the confusion between “equal” and “sameness,” or the misunderstanding of differentness. Understandably, because girls and women…

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Protecting the Self-Esteem of Boys

By Tim Wright on September 10, 2013

This is a post written by my two good friends, Michael Gurian and Gregg Jantz, adapted from their soon to be released, must-read book, RAISING BOYS BY DESIGN, by Gregory Jantz, Michael Gurian, and Anne McMurray (Waterbrook, September, 17, 2013) Everywhere…

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The Short-Sighted Battle to Tame Boys

By Tim Wright on September 5, 2013

Is (Aslan)—quite safe? “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” During a men’s retreat a few weeks…

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The High Cost of Twerking

By Tim Wright on September 3, 2013

Confession: I’m a middle age white guy.  I don’t know a Twerk from Tweak.  I didn’t watch Miley Cyrus’ performance on the Video Music Awards nor did I go to youtube to see what all the commotion was about (nor…

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