The Self-Esteem Obesity Epidemic
My kids grew up in the era of the self-esteem movement: that era when, no matter what my kids did, good or bad, they were patted on the back or given an award simply for trying…or being…or showing up…It was/is… Read More
A Grandpa’s Prayer for his Grandsons
Dear Phoenix (age 3), Judah (almost 3), and Decker (4 weeks), Following Jesus has been an important part of my life since I was your age. My grandpa was a pastor who prayed for me and modeled a compelling faith… Read More
If I Were a Parent of a Boy…(Guest Post by Michael Gurian)
For the next several months a group of writers focused on the issues of boys and men are collaborating through the writing and sharing of blog posts in order to bring greater awareness to the unique challenges boys and men… Read More
From the Marlboro Man to Pajama Boy: The “Evolution” of Manhood?
A Picture is Worth 1000 Words Marketers know this. They know that images imprint themselves on our minds and on the collective soul of society. Marketing images not only try to shape society’s perceptions, but sometimes they reflect at least… Read More
The Emasculation of Boyhood
It’s tough being a boy these days. Just ask 6-year-old Hunter Yelton who was suspended from school for sexual harassment; i.e., he kissed a girl on her hand. Just ask 10-year-old Johnny Jones who was suspended from school and threatened with… Read More
A Boy’s Santa Wish List
A dad: Who will be involved in my life, who will teach me to be a good man, and who will be proud of me. A mom: Who will always love me and support me. Mentors: Good men who will… Read More
Why You Should Care About the “Boy Crisis”
My concern for the future of boys is personal. I have two grandsons, both nearing age three. I’m the pastor of a church with boys of all ages. These are real boys, boys I care about, who are growing up… Read More
What Does it Profit Parents to Over-Program their Children….and Lose the Souls of the Kids in the Process?
At the end of a seminar I led on boys a man in his 70’s pulled me aside to ask a few questions. In doing so he made some interesting observations. He noted that, in his opinion: Far too many… Read More
Of Dolphins, Hazings, Boys, and Manhood
The “bullying” story coming out of the Miami Dolphins locker room has dominated the news for the last few weeks. Though the details still aren’t fully known, it hasn’t stopped the public debate over hazings and bullying. The responses to… Read More
Can’t Girls be Superheroes, too?
You get the best out of a boy by stimulating his desire for greatness and then telling him he has a long way to go: that he can perhaps achieve something marvelous but he must be humble and work hard… Read More