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Get Pink'd – Time to Toss the 'Pink is for Girls and Gays Only' Rule

Get Pink'd – Time to Toss the 'Pink is for Girls and Gays Only' Rule

  Get Pink’d as published in The Good Men Project Being the mom of four boys, I’ve been keenly aware of the stereotypes surrounding gender roles and norms for boys in their world. Starting from infancy, put a baby in pink, or purple, and it’s automatically assumed that it’s a girl. Put a baby in blue, green, or yellow, and the assumption is usually that it’s a boy. Lately, there has been a lot more pink and purple clothing out…

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There is no PTSD G.I. Joe Doll

There is no PTSD G.I. Joe Doll

Military Men and PTSD Read it as published in The Good Men Project   Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a disorder that’s been in the news a lot lately, and there are many wonderful organizations that have sprung up to help sufferers cope with their everyday lives in the wake of their personal experiences. Despite this, a stigma still exists surrounding the diagnosis, particularly among military men. While PTSD is not exclusive to military members, affecting first responders and others…

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Raising Independent Boys

Raising Independent Boys

Read it as published at The Good Men Project   I’m the mother of four boys, aged between 8- and 24-years old. When my first son was born, I had expected a daughter (thanks, ultrasound technician) but found out just a few days before his birth at a wellness check ultrasound that ‘she’ was actually ‘he’. Since he was born, every ultrasound tech made the same announcement, three more times—“it’s a boy!” I threw myself into learning everything I could about…

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How to be a Great Divorced Dad from the Perspective of a Mom

How to be a Great Divorced Dad from the Perspective of a Mom

Photo by Jude Beck @ Unsplash Read it as published at The Good Men Project Read it as re-published by divorcedmoms.com Being a weekend Dad isn’t easy on you or your kids, but taking the focus off the breakup and putting it directly on the kids will help you to create a meaningful, lasting relationship with them. Make your time with the kids exclusive If you see your kids every other weekend, as many separated/divorced Dads do, that means you get…

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