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Young Man Blues

“…much of what teenage boys talk about is wild-eyed or unrealistic. A father has difficulty hearing a teenager’s exaggerations for what they are – an experiment in thinking or a necessary calibration of an unfolding identity. When a father hears foolishness, he sees a fool. He fears a collapse of character and intelligence, or an unacceptably cavalier attitude about the future, and he’s quick to try to set his son straight.”

– from Raising Cain

The Brain Hemorrhage and the Nosebleed

“When school is not a good fit for a boy, when his normal expressions of energy and action routinely meet with negative responses from teachers and classmates, he stews in feelings of failure – feelings of sadness, shame, and anger, which can be very hard to detect beneath that brash exterior. Unable to “talk out” […]

Repost: Fathers, Sons, and the Reformation, Part II

“…Go forth into the world, there thou wilt learn what poverty is. But as thou hast not a bad heart, and as I mean well by thee, there is one thing I will grant thee; if thou fallest into any difficulty, come to the forest and cry, “Iron John,” and then I will come and […]

Fathers, Sons, and the Reformation Part II

“…Go forth into the world, there thou wilt learn what poverty is. But as thou hast not a bad heart, and as I mean well by thee, there is one thing I will grant thee; if thou fallest into any difficulty, come to the forest and cry, “Iron John,” and then I will come and […]