Raising Boys

Why Is It So Hard To Label A Girl's Genitals?

Celine Bell | Posted 30.07.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

So many words exist, but some are sexual, crude, rude or gross. They had this problem in Sweden, so they coined a new word for it. In 2000 they came up with snippa as a female equivalent to snopp and it entered the dictionary six years later.

When Your Baby Is No Longer Your Baby

Jaki Jelley | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Parents
Jaki Jelley

He is ready for this next step. Beyond ready. We haven't had an easy time of it lately. His behaviour has been challenging to say the least and while I know that this is perfectly natural, it has made me doubt myself on many an occasion. He needs school. He needs the stimulation that learning and socialising will bring him. He is ready. So ready. I'm just not sure I am.

When Does A Baby Become A Toddler?

Oli Reed | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

I've looked up a few definitions of what a toddler is on Google today. Some people suggest it's when they turn one, another website suggested between 2-3 years old, a very common opinion is when they start walking unaided, and my favourite suggestion so far is that your kid only becomes a fully fledged toddler once they start stealing your car keys.

Raising My Son, The Sensitive One

Jane Taylor | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Parents
Jane Taylor

The week he started school every boy in the reception class was issued with a letter to their parents warning about some bad behaviour. There'd been an incident which resulted in a child being hurt. I searched his book bag to find no letter.

Birthday Party Blues: Being The Mum With The Shy Child

Rebecca Bainbridge | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Bainbridge

Today the middle child had a birthday party. He sat in his car seat proudly clutching the present that he'd picked out for one of his best friends. As he is marginally more outgoing than his older brother, I had higher expectations than usual.

The Post-It: Discovering I'd Be A Mum Of Boys

Rebecca Bainbridge | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Bainbridge

When I found out it was a third boy I scoured the internet for articles on what it would be like to be a mum of three boys. My search engine read 'coping with three boys', 'do you miss not having a daughter?', 'are boys close to their mums when they leave home?', like someone would confirm that I wouldn't be missing out by not having a girl.

My Son, The Ballet Boy

Emma Clarke | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Clarke

I danced when I was younger. My mother was a dance teacher, so dance is in his blood, in his body. I felt that rather than force him to go to a lesson, I'd wait and let things unfold. My worry was that if I pushed him too soon, he'd be put off. He had to feel ready. He had to be enthusiastic. He had to want to do it.

How Do You Say 'No' To Your Child Without Starting World War III?

Katie Woodland | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

In the parent training world this is the million dollar question (although unfortunately for my bank balance not literally). It's the number one thing I'm asked. How do I say no without starting World War 3?

A Boy Who Is Prepared For Prison, Or Love And Life?

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

I grew up as a younger brother among four boys who liked to fight. Like many before me, I received clear messages from society about what emotions a m...

How Nursery Rhymes Took Over My Life

Oli Reed | Posted 12.08.2017 | 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.

Boy Babies v Girl Babies

Frances Taylor | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Parents
Frances Taylor

Wow, they weren't lying when they said boys liked to play with their willies were they? Literally as soon as the nappy comes off, the hands are down there; especially fun when there is a squelchy poo to deal with.

Raising my Son to be a Gentleman

Helen Sandle | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Sandle

I've been party to a number of conversations recently that have got me thinking about this subject. Raising my son to be a gentleman has always been one of my mantras, particularly in the scary modern world of gaming that seems to idolise characters that, I can safely say, without arguement, are not who we could ever class as gentlemen!

What Makes a Good Role Model?

Suzanne Day | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Suzanne Day

I have a daughter who does see her Dad and has other male influences in her life too. Though I am happy she has men around that she loves, I would not be worried if her sole 'inner circle' was made up of women.

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. ...

Poorna Bell

Professor Green: 'Suicide Isn't About Us, It's About That Person And What They Went Through'

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Stephen Manderson aka Professor Green and I belong to a special club. I’m not talking about Shoreditch House, which is where we are initially me...

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...

Body Image Affects Children Far Younger Than You Might Expect And It's Boys as Well as Girls

Lydia Gard | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Parents
Lydia Gard

Body image isn't just about weight, it's being too short, too tall, too thin. Wearing glasses or having big feet. Anything that doesn't conform to the norm. We need to remind our children that different is good, and that there are more important things to consider at the tender age of five, than how fat you look in a puffer jacket.

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.

Anyone Who Says 'Boys Don't Cry' Should Be Made to Walk on Lego Barefoot

Lydia Gard | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Parents
Lydia Gard

As my children get older, particularly because they are boys, I find other people - their father included - respond with little or no patience to the damp emotion. In fact, anything non-life-threatening that provokes tears is usually met with a flippant, "What are you crying about now? Big boys don't cry!"

My Boy

Amanda Prowse | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Prowse

I didn't expect to feel like this. I thought I would be celebrating his wonderful achievement - but I don't feel like celebrating. I feel like crying and so I have. A lot. I've cried at the sight of his very own toaster nestling in its box.

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.

A Proud Mother of Boys

Vicki Psarias | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Psarias

My boys don't conform to stereotypes, they have long hair which they both love and don't want to cut, they love bold clothes, are both fiercely bright and fun, funny and thoughtful and love to pick wildflowers and brush my hair (and tell me I'm a princess), as much as they enjoy running outside, kicking balls and climbing trees.

Twins - Together or Apart at School?

Patricia Martin | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Parents
Patricia Martin

As a mother to "identical" twin boys now aged nine I would like to share my knowledge and experience with you, I would like to urge you to do your research, and to become as opinionated as your teachers!

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.