Tommy Heads to Preschool–And Why That May Not Be a Good Thing!

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Excerpted from my book, Searching for Tom Sawyer: How Parents and Congregations Can Stop the Exodus of Boys from Church.  When Tommy turns two, his parents, like many parents, begin thinking about preschool. Preschool is a fairly new phenomenon in our country. In the 1960s, about five hundred thousand kids attended preschool. (When I was [Read More...]

Is it Time to Finally Say…These are Good Days to be a Girl?

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For over a generation we have been fighting for our girls…creating a world where they can be anything they want to be; a world where they are treated as equals to boys. That hard work has paid off: Girls have now passed boys in almost every level of education More girls than boys take college [Read More...]

Putting the “Boy” Back Into Boyhood

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When I was a boy back in the 1960’s, the girl next door “had” to go to nursery school.  While we were out running around, playing, and having a good time, we occasionally wondered what was wrong with her.  It had to be pretty bad for her to have to go to school before kindergarten!  [Read More...]

Finally: Unmasking the Ultimate Culprit Behind the Boy Crisis

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I had a fascinating “discussion” with a Facebook friend a few weeks ago.  He has been a supporter of my work on boys and is passionate about the issue as well.  But he took me to task, saying I had “lost it,” I’d “lost focus,” I’d “contaminated my ministry to boys,” all because I also, [Read More...]

A Grandpa’s Prayer for his Granddaughter

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Dear Clover (age 4 ½), From the moment you were born (even before then) I have prayed God’s deepest blessing on your life. As you grow into a woman, I pray the following for you: That you will always know, no matter what, that God loves you and will always walk through life with you [Read More...]

The Emasculation of Boyhood

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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 expulsion for “firearms related issues;” i.e., he pretended he was shooting a bow and arrow. [Read More...]

What Does it Profit Parents to Over-Program their Children….and Lose the Souls of the Kids in the Process?

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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 parents today over-program their children often at the expense of building character in them.  Rather [Read More...]

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

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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 our attempts to get rid of boy stereotypes has left our boys without any idea [Read More...]


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