The Boys Mentorship Collaborative of the Twin Cities welcomes you!
We are a learning community of parents, mentors and elders, supporting boys on the path to awesome adolescence and magnificent manhood.
Learn more about this initiative:
We are all together in this,
Katharine Krueger and David Stewart
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Boys need and deserve mentorship, as do parents.
Our society emphasizes individual achievement and separation from difficult feelings. Boys are strongly pressured to emotionally isolate themselves, leading to communication blocks which parents may label as rudeness, stonewalling, lack of cooperation, and lack of consideration.
We adults have created songs, advertisements, movies, games, and magazines which depict men, women, girls and boys in unwholesome gender stereotyped roles. Young and old, many of us are confused about how to be and how to relate to one another.
So, what can we do, as parents and mentors, on behalf of our sons?
What if their attraction to superheros and even violent gaming could be understood as signals of boys’ positive potential to contribute to our world? What if we could discover how our boys’ desire to respect themselves in such a way that they naturally stand up for and protect those in need? How can their confidence and assertiveness grow and aggressiveness diminish? What will help boys connect them to their emotions and to the natural world? How can we help boys direct their natural yearning for risk-taking, challenges and mastery in the most positive directions?
As a community, we will form common understandings about ways to teach, model and mentor that will help boys in these ways. In this context, we will also strive to discern the commonalities and differences in our roles as mothers, fathers, and mentors, and how these roles might evolve as our sons mature.
Co-guides David and Katharine will guide you, learn from you, get lost with you, and journey through community collaboration and action learning to discover together the vitality of boyhood and the path to a healthy, balanced manhood.
In the meanwhile, open your mind to more possibilities for boys:
In June we offered a series of three Parent Circles to talk about what we are wanting and needing for our sons, and ways to meet those needs through parental modeling and group mentoring. Notes from these learningful gatherings are posted on the Learning Community Forum. Later this fall, we'll add circle with Moms, with Dads, and with Moms and Dads together - opportunites to learn and grow in support of our sons. So that's a snapshop at the beginning of our journey together. Great things emerging!
Later this fall, we'll add circle with Moms, with Dads, and with Moms and Dads together - opportunites to learn and grow in support of our sons.
So that's a snapshop at the beginning of our journey together. Great things emerging!
"Turtle Effigy" by Metis artist Leah Dorion http://leahdorion.com Used with permission. All rights reserved.
"Open Your Mind to Boys" word cloud by Achilles Heel (Facebook page) on tagcedo.com All rights reserved.
"Path Through the Woods" by F. Booker.