How Nursery Rhymes Took Over My Life

Oli Reed | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

One day, hopefully many decades from now, I can picture myself rocking manically in an old folks' home (or mental asylum), still haunted by the sinking realisation that the the Wheels On The Bus may never stop going round and round. Or that the Grand Old Duke of York will never stop marching his troops to the top of the hill. Or that I will be Row, Row, Rowing My Boat gently down the stream until i'm clinically insane.

15 Unexpected Things You Find Yourself Doing in a Household of Young Boys

Steph Weller | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Parents
Steph Weller

You start to wonder why no-one has invented a self washing, drying and ironing robot that also happens to specialise in collecting Lego, putting the toilet seat down and convinces boys to put shoes on.

Who Else Still Secretly Keeps a Diary?

Chloe Cox | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Cox

Those were just a few of the reasons for why I personally choose to keep a diary. I'm sure other people have better, more logical motives but I would still totally recommend it. It's definitely a worthwhile thing to do, and the best part about it is there's no binding contract. You can write in it as constantly or as infrequently as you want. It's your diary, your life! Be proud; I intend to keep a diary for the rest of my life!

Why Fashion Needs a Seat at the Table of Mainstream Education.

Francesco Loy Bell | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Francesco Loy Bell

This would inform people, spark an interest from a young age, and give a scope for creativity that is not currently present, without forcing people to solely study fashion. I am not putting other arts down, I am trying to bring fashion up to a similar position, and it is my belief that, with these changes in attitude and procedure, this is a very real possibility.

Celebrate Our World - Don't be Disillusioned

Mark Robins | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mark Robins

How did you celebrate International Men's Day on 19th November? Or Universal Children's Day on 20th November? You didn't know about them? Me neither. ...

Using Ebooks Increases Boys' Reading Progress and makes them Keener, More Confident Readers

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Tech
Jonathan Douglas

If you want to get boys reading more, try an ebook. This was the surprise finding from our study which revealed that ebooks made boys better, keener a...

Dads, Where's the Love?

Thomas Lynch | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

My dad died three years ago, and for the last year of his life I was unable to have decent heartfelt conversations with him. I was robbed then and of course still robbed now of the ability to speak with him. To ask him the questions, did he love me? And what did he think of me?

Boys and Feminism

Helen Bryce | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

I've always worried about my girls growing up in an unequal world but up until recently have never had the same concerns for my son.

Why Do the Media Ignore Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse?

Tom Leavesley | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Tom Leavesley

We need more male survivors of childhood sexual abuse to come forward and we need the media to report their stories. Boys and young men need role models too, so it is time to ask the question, why do the media ignore male survivors?

Comedian Chris Ramsey On Bringing Up His Newborn Baby Boy

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Parents

Warning: strong language As part of our Building Modern Men series, we sat down with comedian Chris Ramsey to chat about his brand new baby boy...

Chris Ramsey Thinks You Shouldn't Force Kids To Like Football

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Comedy

South Shields' funniest export, Chris Ramsey, has just had a bouncing baby boy. And he's ecstatic. But there's one thing that worries him most abou...

'Boys Like Dolls Too': Barbie Ad Praised For Challenging Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Parents

A Barbie advert has been praised for challenging gender stereotypes of children's toys. In the 30 second clip a little boy declares, "Moschino Barb...

The Stress-Free Way to Discipline Your Kids!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

This morning I woke up well and truly sick of constantly thinking up punishments for my kids when they misbehave. The more that I thought about it, the more I realized that the naughty acts are generally towards each other.

Raising Modern Sons

Vicki Psarias | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Psarias

Both bold, strong boys who love arts and crafts and to read along cooking as much as sprinting around the garden and climbing trees, I always endeavour to support them by offering choice when it comes to activities, and to always encourage and celebrate those preferences.

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 11.08.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 19.05.2016 | 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

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.