Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

Responsibility to our boys

April 21, 2009

I mentioned to my 11-year-old niece Whitney that I needed to write a blog post about the book Boys Adrift.  She has heard me talk about it a few times and read the cover and first few pages.  She wrote the following in her effort to “help [me] get started”:

Have you ever wondered what a teenage boy thinks and feels?  Do you ever question yourself as a parent that you did everything in your power to help your son keep motivated, determined, and educated?  Well then Boys Adrift is interesting for you.  Boys Adrift is a great way to get inside a young male’s mind.  Of course, many men feel the need to fail in school, as if that makes them popular or fit in better in society, but in reality that is what isolates you farther from the community.  We really don’t realize how much peer pressure takes its toll on these boys but he [author] really changes your perspective on how boys think and challenges us.  As a therapyist[sic], I really recommend Boys Adrift for any guardian that struggles or has fear for their soon to be men. (more…)

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Parenting Principles from the Herd

April 14, 2009

It’s easy to question ourselves when time after time we find ourselves failing in our efforts to communicate with our children. Because horses have so much to teach about effective communication we frequently focus on it in our equine-facilitated workshops and sessions. I’d like to share some lessons we have learned from the herd. (more…)