Raising & Teaching Boys
What is the "Boy Crisis"?
Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
4 DCYF MERIT STARS CEUs available
(Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families)
The "Boy Crisis" has been debated both superficially and seriously since about 2006 in the United States. There seem to be pitfalls with many arguments including cultural stereotypes, meta-analyses, confusions with economic class and race status, and indications that we may have a societal blindness to issues facing boys. This training offers an opportunity for self-study of our own concepts about maleness and what gets in the way of raising up and teaching children today.
“Helping your son develop his sense of purpose requires beginning at a very different place than his dad-or granddad. His dad or granddad was told his sense of purpose. Your job is to help your son find his sense of purpose.”
- Warren Farrell PhD
This workshop is intended for caregivers, teachers, administrators, parents, childcare owners and all others who care for children and families. We will explore assumptions and biases, some surprising results of current research, and important food for thought as we approach the nurturing and education of all children. We will also discuss real-life scenarios with the children currently in our classrooms and our homes, with the context of ways that boys struggle worldwide in school and childcare settings. There are small, doable steps that all of us can take to ensure that the children in our care experience meaning and belonging.
While sharing real life case studies, viewing videos, and participating in group discussions, participants will gain an understanding of the challenges boys face in schooling and home environments today and what we can do to improve our teaching and their learning. Participants will recognize and apply key research findings about school settings and adult behaviors toward boys versus girls, as well as exceptions to stereotypes and binary gender concepts. Participants will self-assess their own styles of guidance and problem solving with children.
feedback from attendees
"I didn't know about the research relating to noticing boys' positive behavior"
We will study common areas of overwhelm for childcare providers and parents and we will each design our own personal resiliency techniques, learning from everyone in the room. We will also differentiate between addictive behaviors – numbing or distraction to avoid loneliness, boredom, or pain – versus health-restoring practices that increase connection and integration.