Boyhood Revisited

In my continuing quest to understand why boys are falling behind I went to see BOYHOOD with my wife.  First off, it is a very American movie.  Having toured through the USA in 2012/13 I re-witnessed so many icons of the American family, Texas style.  Love, divorce, work, food, guns and faith.  

Throughout this unique movie, we follow a growing boy who experiences what one book I have read calls "the shaming" way to raise boys.  Whether it involves fathers, peers, teachers, coaches, bullies or just plain idiots encouraging boys to "be a man", "grow up" or "stop being such a wuss" does not help their emotional cause.  

What boys need are gentle, positive mentors to simply help them find their own way.   Just one or two can make all the difference in their world.

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