What the NY Times Missed – How to Raise a Feminist Son

by Boysen Hodgson There is a trending topic this morning from @NYTimes based on the article “How to Raise a Feminist Son.” Overall, the advice offered in the column – from my perspective – was excellent! It’s the kind of encouragements, boundaries, and awareness that I strive to bring to my parenting every day (for my son AND my daughter!). Claire Cain Miller did well, collecting research based tips from...

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This One Leadership Skill Will Send Your Credibility Soaring
Feb02

This One Leadership Skill Will Send Your Credibility Soaring

Guest post by Alain Hunkins My twelve year old son, Alexander, just got braces on his teeth. In case you don’t remember or never had them, braces hurt the first few days. A lot. Alexander is a trooper, and knew that the pain in his mouth would eventually subside. But that first afternoon, he was extremely uncomfortable. Later that evening, around dinner time, the phone rang. It was his orthodontist, Dr. DeMaio. He was calling to see...

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Why Teaching Your Kids To Do Their Best Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds
Sep19

Why Teaching Your Kids To Do Their Best Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds

Embed from Getty Images As a parent I want my son to do his very best at everything he tries; not because I think it’ll make him the next super bowl MVP or the next highest-paid endorser for Nike, Reebok or Under Armor; more because it’ll help him achieve whatever he wants out of life – or at least walk away knowing he gave it his all. Asking your child to give it their best sounds pretty simple, right? I mean what’s so hard about...

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How Men Can Find Balance in an Unbalanced World
Aug28

How Men Can Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

  The wooden sign hanging in my kitchen above the stove reads ‘Take time for what matters most’. Pacing up and down the walkways in the terminal of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport—after my flight’s second delay—isn’t exactly my form of what matters. The longer you know me, the more you’ll hear me say the key to life is finding balance. Well duh. How many millions of times have we heard that? (Just picture yourself on...

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Yeah, Dads Have Bad Days. So What?
Aug26

Yeah, Dads Have Bad Days. So What?

Embed from Getty Images By Gregory Tapler Being a dad is hard work. What the hell does that even mean? Hard work? A labor of love? A duty? A responsibility? There are times when I talk to my friends when I’m having a hard day being a dad. Often I’m met with ‘Yeah, but they’re really worth it.’ or ‘The joy outweighs the pain.’ or…well, you get the point. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when I’m on the giving end of those catch...

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Aggrieved Entitlement and Evolved Masculinity
Jun15

Aggrieved Entitlement and Evolved Masculinity

Let’s face it, together. Aggrieved Entitlement is a term I picked up from Michael Kimmel. It is the existential state of fear about having my ‘rightful place’ as a man questioned … challenged … deconstructed. Aggrieved entitlement is being told ‘No’ when the prevailing mythos of the culture has taught that I have a ‘right’ to something because of my birth (as male, as white,...

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