Monthly Archives: February 2011

Boys and Media: TV

When my husband and I first married, we didn’t own a TV. The reason we finally bought one (secondhand from a friend) was that he liked to watch pro football and I got tired of going with him to his … Continue reading

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Boys and the Right to Bear Arms

I was a tomboy. When I was in grade school, in first or second grade, I didn’t play with the girls during recess; I played with the boys. The favorite game was war. Our playground edged a nice hilly area … Continue reading

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Brother Against Brother?

Sibling rivalry is an issue that concerned me even before my second son was born and that’s why I took some steps to combat it at the start. A few weeks before going into labor, I bought a Sesame Street … Continue reading

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Raising Gentle Men

My husband and I tried to give our boys many different experiences, but one thing we couldn’t give them was a sister. As I said earlier, we had a name picked out, but Allah never gave us a girl. We … Continue reading

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A Helping Hand, or How to Not Spoil Your Boys

My husband is wonderful. He cooks–better than I do, actually. He cleans, and I mean he really cleans. There is no job he won’t do, from scrubbing the toilets to dusting the furniture. There have been times when this actually … Continue reading

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Mama’s Boy?

When my older kids were born there was still a very strong sentiment in this country about not letting boys be too sensitive, though it was in the process of changing. Ronald Reagan was in the White House, John Wayne … Continue reading

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Mother of Boys

I grew up in a family of sisters. Throughout most of my childhood—most of my life, really—I wished I had a brother. Nearly every time I said that to a girl or woman who did have a brother, she said … Continue reading

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