Boys

This Is How A Dad Feels When His Son Asks For A Doll

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Parents

Gender stereotypes surrounding toys are deeply entrenched, so when a dad shared a Facebook video showing how he felt when his son asked him for a doll...

'Freddy the Frog', the 'Famous Five' and Why 'Why' May Be One of the Most Important Questions of All

Ian Preston | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Parents
Ian Preston

To get our children ready to read, we need all parents to be reading to their children 10 minutes a day. It sounds simple, but a nursery manager I spoke to recently told me how many of her parents just don't realise what a difference this could make. For boys, there's compelling evidence that dads reading to them has an even stronger effect.

Don't Limit My Sons' Opportunities Because They're Boys

Jackie Novels | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Parents
Jackie Novels

My little boys absolutely loved the dolls. They put them in and out of the highchairs, fed them, rocked them to sleep in the beds, cuddled them, and took them to bed with them at night. It was a delight for me, as their mum, to see them exhibit care for other 'people' in this way.

To My Shy Boy: It's Going to Be OK

Rachel Jeffcoat | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Jeffcoat

Little boy, you broke my heart today. We were at your very first classmate birthday party: a bouncy castle in the corner, cake and balloon plates ready on a table, preschooler shrieks echoing bat-like against the walls. You'd been talking about it for weeks. You fidgeted as we put on a shirt and jumper, and zipped ahead of me on your scooter as we walked down to the hall in the sunshine.

What Not to Say to a Mum of Boys!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

Being a mum of four amazing boys, I have been subjected to all of the comments you are about to read! Luckily for my boys, they know that they are the best thing that ever happened to me and I wouldn't change things for the world. :)

Is Finding Equality Just as Difficult for Boys in the Current Climate?

Shane Ryan | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
Shane Ryan

We have to think carefully about the messages we are sending to young men. If we show them that we only think negatively about them, we risk alienating them at just the time when they face the pressures of growing up.

10 Things I Want My Sons to Know

Hayley Carter | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Carter

It worries me that boys are told that showing emotion is a weakness. And don't get me started on their notion of invincibility and willingness to jump off sheer cliff faces just for the hell of it. So, with all of this in mind, I've done a lot of thinking about how I can raise my boys to be good men.

A Book You Should All Read

Rose Gibbs | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Rose Gibbs

The fact of rape is a terrible one: it's the inhumanity of deriving sexual pleasure in the face of another person's pain. Where sex might please in the pleasing of others, rape is its opposite. It becomes a violence like none other, a nightmare extreme of Schadenfreude.

Seven Types of Male Travelling Companions

Frontier | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Which one of these rare species would be the ideal travel buddy for a lady? Well, it all depends on your own personality, doesn't it? Let's take a look at the categories...

Catcalling; The Heart of the Matter?

Sacha Knop | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Knop

People who are deeply hurting inside, lash out to their environment... Catcalling is one of those 'lashes' and until we see that the men who do it have a need for something essential that they have missed out on or are damaged in, be it love, care, trust or lonelyness, ... this disrespectful behavior will continue.

Men Will be Boys, and Boys Will be Men

Nick Clements | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

By remaining boys, we are able to pursue very selfish lives, full of ambition, competition and ego. This is promoted as an ideal, a role model or template for boys to follow. This fixed and inflexible view of masculine is nurtured by our culture, by the way we teach, by the media, by our drunken peers, by so many different means. However, it is not our nature.

Today the UK's Forgotten Victims, Tomorrow Its Next Child Protection Scandal?

Ella Cockbain | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Ella Cockbain

As debate rages on about how best to avoid 'another Rotherham', I know I'm not alone in wishing some attention would also be paid to how best to protect boys from sexual exploitation.

Louise Ridley

Breaking Bad And Game Of Thrones Have A Lot To Answer For...

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The most popular names given to babies in England and Wales have been revealed, and some unusual names have made an appearance in the charts for the f...

The Truth About Single-Sex Schools

Sian Elvin | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

With the lack of boys to make us mentally edit our conversation, no topic was off-limits. Periods and sex were very openly discussed, and if you had a problem or worry you could almost always discover the solution.

Rites and Wrongs

Nick Clements | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

In some sense the skills taught created the man. A young boy would struggle to learn all such skills on his own. By teaching them, the older men speeded up the learning process. The boy recognised he needed to be taught how to become a man, and the process was valued.

Dreading the Three 'D's - As a Mother

Janey Jones | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

As I have three sons and yet write for girls, lots of people say - 'How funny!" But having sons doesn't make a girly girl more boyish. However, it has helped me to understand boys more, certainly. My findings on boys are thus: boys act indifferent when they really care a lot.

10 Ways to Avoid Gender Stereotyping in Children

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Try to resist seeing the world in pink and blue, despite the inevitable monochrome bombardment you'll face from the moment of your first child's birth. Despite what you're told, open your mind to the idea that both genders can appreciate a diverse palette.

Men and Boys in the Woods

Nick Clements | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

It is a very sorry state we live in when a wish to help young people is instantly assumed to be malign. I absolutely know where it comes from, and have a huge amount of sympathy for it. But, I know I must support and encourage men to challenge the assumptions, they will provide positive male role models which buck the trend, and show all of us better ways are possible.

In a Relationship: The Truth About Living With a Boy

Francesca Selsby | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francesca Selsby

This is one for the girls. Thinking about taking your relationship to the next level and moving in together? The truth is boys will be boys and that won't change even when you live together...

Blue Is the Colour

Nick Clements | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I recently heard a good story from someone about becoming a dad. After his child was delivered the man was handed the tiny baby, as the midwife did so she quickly checked the sex, and proudly said 'here's your big strong boy.' The father wondered if the midwife had delivered a girl whether she would have said 'here's your big strong girl.' Right from the first seconds of being born we are judged and compartmentalized.

Being a Man

Nick Clements | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I have to admit every now and again I turn into a crusty old git, who is very worldy-wise, been there, done it, seen it, got the T-shirt. My close friends would probably raise an eyebrow at such a statement and whisper in my ear, 'when are you not like that?' illustrating what good friends they are by doing so.

Four Mistakes That Boys Make on Dates at University

Jess Evans | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Evans

So we're students, yes we get it, we're both shamelessly poor, we're both not so great at the whole saving our loan for anything other than alcohol, and impulsive shopping trips, however boys; if you actually do ask a girl out on a date and clearly tell her you want to take her out, then surely this must mean a dinner, a cinema ticket or a few drinks are paid for in the date?

Eating Disorders in Boys: Recognising the Signs Before It Gets to Crisis

Sam Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

A growing number of boys and young men are developing anorexia and bulimia at an alarming rate... Despite the focus being centered on girls and young women, it's wrong to assume that boys and young men are any less worried about their bodies.

Three False Male Myths Which Are Damaging to Us All

Nick Clements | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

Boys and men are still being conditioned into thinking they are very different from women. The differences between the behaviour and the abilities of men and women are infinitesimal. They have so much more to do with conditioning and nurturing than physiology or nature.

A Confusion of Men

Nick Clements | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I love the collective nouns for groups of animals: a murder of crows, a charm of goldfinches, a bloat of hippopotamuses. At a recent Men and Boys conference I invented a new one - 'a confusion of men'. Right now, most boys and men are confused about what it is to be a man. I think that is a good thing.