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My Son Has A Doll. The End

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

When my children wrote their Christmas lists for Santa, the contents were not that surprising based on what their interests are.   My daughter wrote hers very studiously and in great detail.   I helped my son with his, given that he is only three.  His list was just the loveliest list.   It comprised two things: Loads of ninjas, and loads of babies.

Let's Start With The Children

Shahida Rahman | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shahida Rahman

Not bad... for a girl. It almost sounds like a compliment, doesn't it? We have all heard comments like this and, whether we bristle at the low bar ...

Boys Are Six Times Less Likely Than Girls To Seek Support For Suicidal Feelings, NSPCC Finds

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents

Boys are six times less likely than girls to seek support from Childline for suicidal feelings, the NSPCC has reported. In 2015/16, the NSPCC-run ser...

6-Year-Old Wants To Legally Change His Name, Parents Ask If They're 'Crazy' To Consider It

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents

A couple has appealed to the internet to ask if they’re “crazy” to consider allowing their six-year-old son to legally change his name. Reddit u...

Mum Judged For 'Babying' Son Explains Why Not Letting Boys Cry Is 'Damaging'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who was scolded for “babying” her son after a basketball hit him in the face, has written an important reminder to parents about boys’ men...

Mindfulness Classes Introduced For 5-Year-Olds At Boys' School To Support Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Parents

Mindfulness classes have been introduced for five-year-olds at an independent school for boys to support their mental health. Bickley Park School in K...

Growing Into A Bigger Boy

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

My son on the other hand is new territory. Not completely uncharted, but definitely new. At the moment, he is a typical toddler by all intents and purposes. He does toddler things. He runs around, he throws his plastic cutlery on the floor, he seems to have permanently sticky hands, he laughs a lot, he cries a lot, and he finds un-silly things very silly.

Schoolgirls Enjoy Sport More When There Are No Boys Around To Impress, Says Top Headmistress

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Girls are more likely to enjoy sport at single-sex schools because there are no boys to “impress”, a headmistress of a top fee-paying girls’ sch...

Five Things That You Can Do To Increase Social Mobility For Boys In The UK

Jenny Garrett | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Jenny Garrett

According to the State of the Nation 2015: Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain report in 2015, there is a growing social divide by inco...

The Truth About Male Role Models

Shane Ryan | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents
Shane Ryan

bmm banner.jpg We trip ourselves up all the time with the idea of role models precisely because we encourage young people to be more like someone else and not themselves. There are lots of troubling issues with this over-simplification of social development. Not least when our chosen role models do something we deem to be out of character or, even worse, morally reprehensible.

The Emotional Dad

Tom McIlvenny-Cox | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Tom McIlvenny-Cox

bmm banner.jpg I'm going to have to reign it in the coming years... my boy doesn't need a blubbering mess of a dad at his school plays. Or maybe that is exactly what the boys of the future generation need? To teach them they can be emotional if they want to be.

Don't Tell Me Boys Can't Read As Well!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

Last week my son called me over to the computer to show me a headline that had flashed up, implying that boys were failing at reading. He looked at me incredulously and said "this is such a load of rubbish. I love reading!"

Time To Change Our Attitudes To Men And Boys

Jane Powell | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Jane Powell

bmm banner.jpg There's a gender element to suicide - and indeed to mental health. It leads me to ask again why we aren't pouring money into researching why we aren't funding research to explain why more men take their lives than women... Now, as we enter November, it is time to change.

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 15.03.2017 | 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 01.02.2017 | 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 09.12.2016 | 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 08.12.2016 | 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 06.12.2016 | 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 30.11.2016 | 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 26.11.2016 | 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...