Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I feel like you wrote this post about ME! I do have a son who is upstairs playing American Girls as I type, BUT...he also turned our garden hose into a gun at the ripe old age of three. I had that same reaction, where had he gotten the idea? It did see to be innate. I try to help both kids find balance, but boys and girls ARE different, and it's okay.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I read (really just skimmed...) a book recently about young men and it was all about how research shows that our education system is set up to educate female students and really does not accept boys who are physical and active and needing to MOVE. It was about men mentoring boys and how there needs to be more done to foster masculinity instead of belittling it. It was worded differently, but I took a lot from it. I realized that I need to let my son get a little more activity in his day (even if I'm always saying slow down! no wrestling! the furniture is not a playground!). Boys will be boys is right, even if it is exhausting sometimes!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

That sounds like such an interesting book...I agree 100% with the finding that our classrooms are not set up to teach boys--I noticed this as soon as L. started elementary school. I have watched so many flounder and even fail--not becuase they aren't bright and capable, but because they *move* too much and they need to learn in different ways.

mayin's picture mayin

Boys may like some robots or model airplanes , ships or cars. I have bought one model airplane toys for my son at The toy looks like make my child focused on opinions, and can develop his brain.