Mentoring Boys – The Challenge of Improving Communication Skills (Guest Blog with Denny Coates)

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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 face in the 21st Century.  Twice a month these writers will be posting the same posts on their various media formats to spread the word and to introduce their audiences to the great work of their peers.  Today’s post features Dr. Dennis Coates, creator of Strong For Parenting, … [Read more...]

When a Son “Hates” His Mom

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When our son was little, he and mom had a very close, happy relationship.  Mike was a sweet boy who had no problem giving mom hugs and asking her lots of questions.  He was her little boy.But then Mike moved into the early stages of puberty and the relationship changed…dramatically.  With tears in her eyes, Jan asked me one day why her son hated her.What Jan didn’t know at the time was that Mike was at a crucial point in his life—the point where he had to start moving into manhood.  And t … [Read more...]

Could the Church be the Best Hope for Our Boys?

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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 17-18 of the top 20 growing professions favor the verbal and relational skills of women over men Boys are growing up in a world without a compelling vision for noble manhoodThese are tough days to be the Church:Sexual scandals in the Catholic Church Angry, fringe … [Read more...]

Protecting the Self-Esteem of Boys

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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 we turn, people are wondering how to protect a child’s self-esteem. In few areas today is this question more prevalent than in our cultural conversations about how to help boys grow up to be loving, wise, and successful men.  In our new b … [Read more...]

The Short-Sighted Battle to Tame Boys

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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 ago one of the older men complained: All women want to do is tame men!There’s a loaded statement!I offered a couple of responses:On the one hand I said, “Can you blame them?  When you look at the way men and boys have been behaving, and the destruction they are le … [Read more...]


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