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Indie Girls, Indie Boys, Indie Everyone

Are there versions of this book teaching kids to run a play/gallery/poetry slam/etc that are (a) non-gendered (b) geared towards adults? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 13, 2014 - 0 answers

Teenage nephew making anti-women comments

My 15 year old nephew has been saying some negative comments about women that make me a little concerned. How should I respond to him? Do I mention it to his parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2014 - 32 answers

books for boys

I'm slowly building up a library of amazing books for my three sons. What books do I need to make sure to include? Are there boy equivalents to Anne Shirley, Sara Crewe, Meg Murry, Matilada, et al? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on May 23, 2014 - 41 answers

What's a good movie to rent for a bunch of twelve year-old boys?

My son will be having a birthday sleepover in a couple weeks so we will be hosting about six twelve year-old boys. In addition to feeding them and the Minecraft LAN party, we'd like to watch a movie with them. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Apr 29, 2014 - 175 answers

Media recommendations for a gender-nonconforming 3-year-old boy

I’m looking some age-appropriate media that will show my bright, sensitive 3 year old son (who seems to be more interested in all things femme every day) that his interests are okay. He has lots of female family members and friends who demonstrate to him that there are a million different ways of being a woman or a girl. But neither his dad nor I is feminine in the slightest, and most of the men in his life are uniformly masculine. I’d love it if he could see positive representations of boys and men in books and TV who have a wider variety of gender expressions. [more inside]
posted by libraritarian on Jan 27, 2014 - 32 answers

Where can I find high-waisted boy's pants?

My kiddo, like his dad, has a pants problem. Specifically, while his legs are only slightly longer than normal, he is built in such a way that regular pants don't make it far enough up his butt. Basically, he needs pants that are longer in the crotch-to-waistline area and can pull up higher. Most boy pants don't have a lot of room for that. We end up with either plumber crack or uncomfortably hitched pants. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Nov 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Not disciplining 7-y.o. boy for publicly battering younger girl - WTF?

While at a small family gathering in our friends' home, my coworker's 7-year-old son suddenly grabbed a 4-year-old girl, raised her up into the air over his head, and body-slammed her onto the living room floor -- in full and complete view of 8 parents, including both of his own. His parents never did or said anything to him about it that night, and we're all horrified. How do we get to a place of acceptance when folks make vastly different parenting choices than our own, and our kids see it? Details ... [more inside]
posted by hush on Nov 15, 2013 - 55 answers

Help me plan an outdoor scavenger hunt for five 13 year old boys

I need help planning a scavenger hunt for five 13 year old boys. I'd say they are all aspiring Metafilter members - they fit the profile! [more inside]
posted by salishsea on Oct 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Classic children's mysteries seek recipient

What should I do with a large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Metal case for dental floss?

Looking for a vendor to make me a metal case for a pack of floss as a gag gift. Importantly, it is for a new beau. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by pearl228 on Aug 26, 2013 - 8 answers

You're Most Certainly Not Getting a BB Gun, Ya Dope.

Kinetic 3 is turning 15 this month and all his little heart wants is a BB gun, because he and his friends like to make war movies (or something). Every single inner instinct I have automatically says, "No. Not gonna happen, pal," because of all the obvious reasons (no guns in my house, what the hell do you need a gun for, someone's gonna lose an eye, etc.). My question is: is there any reason my kid should be allowed to get a BB gun? Am I missing something?
posted by kinetic on Aug 7, 2013 - 63 answers

Welcome-to-Canada gifts for a young boy

A boy, age 8-ish, is immigrating to Canada from another highly industrialized country. He speaks no English and has had very little exposure to North American culture. Other than candy, books (we have plenty) and hockey-related items, what could I put in a "Welcome to Canada" gift basket that would serve as a crash course in pop culture here, so that he might have an easier time when school starts in September?
posted by paperback version on Jul 5, 2013 - 22 answers

The giant pangolins of Madagascar are snoozing

My precocious but angry 2.75-year-old and I just got fired from our home daycare situation. I feel like I need Super Nanny. What now? How do I get him to stop being so rude? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on May 23, 2013 - 26 answers

What does a 9-year-old boy need to know?

I will be giving a newly minted 9-year-old gentleman of my acquaintance a wallet for his birthday. I was thinking of printing and laminating a card full of important reference information for a young man of his age. Sort of an ultra condensed Schott's Original Miscellany. What should I put on it?
posted by Capn on Apr 18, 2013 - 27 answers

Songs for little boys

My four year old boy was upset yesterday when his sisters (he has 3) were listening to "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." He kept saying that boys can have fun too and he wants boy songs. [more inside]
posted by Abbril on Apr 9, 2013 - 38 answers

Wonderful 4 Year Old Son Likes Girly Stuff - No Problem! Right?

My wonderful 4-year old son wants lots of girly things. I want nothing more than to support him and help him grow into the person he wants to be. My only question is, is there anything that a loving, responsible, progressive parent should do to protect him from hurt, possible bullying etc. [more inside]
posted by stewieandthedude on Mar 12, 2013 - 19 answers

I will not render unto Caesar

Help me communicate better with my sons' barber. It's time for haircuts and I don't want to regret the results. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Feb 10, 2013 - 21 answers

I like someone, how do I talk to them without sounding crazy?

I like a guy but I don't think of myself as attractive. Obviously, he is attractive to me, but I also think he is considered attractive by most people. People tell me that you should always aim for your own attractiveness-level, so I'm wary about this already. Plus I really don't know how to talk to him because I've placed him on this pedestal and I am completely in awe. How do I approach him? [more inside]
posted by madsy on Jan 18, 2013 - 27 answers

Help me find cool gifts for two hard-to-buy-for boys.

Please hope me! I am trying find a suitable gift for my pre-teen and early teenage relatives. [more inside]
posted by Spinneret on Nov 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Men are simple creatures, right?

He's just not that into you, yadda yadda yadda... or is he? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2012 - 21 answers

Whiny men in anime?

Why are there so many whiny supporting male characters in anime? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Sep 1, 2012 - 5 answers

101 Ways to Entertain a 6 Year Old

In a couple of weeks, I'm going to be babysitting my 6-year-old nephew for several days. What are some fun ways I can keep him entertained at home? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 23, 2012 - 20 answers

Makeout Romance to Friend Zone--Do I go to party now?

Should I go to a party even though I've been downgraded to "friend zone"? [more inside]
posted by LemonGardot on Jul 13, 2012 - 37 answers

What were the roots of the classic Beach Boys sound?

What were the roots of the classic Beach Boys sound? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jun 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Who is Johnny Ryall?

The Beastie Boys, "Johnny Ryall ." Wikipedia is useless here. Was this a real person they knew?? [more inside]
posted by jbenben on May 15, 2012 - 5 answers

What fun things can I do with my nephews for a day this weekend?

What fun things can I do with my nephews for a day this weekend? [more inside]
posted by Petrot on Apr 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Girls Have Chinas, Boys Have Peanuts

Does THIS book with THIS cover art exist? [more inside]
posted by JacksonandFinch on Feb 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Babysitting 5 year olds.. what to do?

Tips for babysitting two 5 year old boys? [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Jan 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Don Ho sings 'Sabotage'

Early in his career, Conan O'Brien had Don Ho as his guest. Don Ho did a cover version of the Beastie Boys' single "Sabotage". This was the greatest piece of television history I have ever experienced. Is it available anywhere?
posted by Quonab on Dec 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Beach Boys meet George Romero?

Looking for some background I swear I read related the song "Sloop John B" to tales of ghost ships, zombies and other nautical/Caribbean folklore. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Sep 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Cute, happy, fun (japanese inspired?) clothing for boys?

Looking for boy's clothing/fashion blogs, preferably for babies and toddlers, but teenagers will do too. It must be happy, cute, fun, and crafty. [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight on Jul 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Help Us Pick A Non-Religious Name for a Boy.

We're having a boy But we can't think of a name! As we're both atheists, we'd like a name that is not at all religious. There's extra points if you can come up with a science connection and triple bonus points if it's more difficult for other kids to make fun of. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jul 11, 2011 - 115 answers

Keeping cool on the sidelines

What is the best way to keep a merry band of seven- and eight-year old girls cool at soccer games? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Jun 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Insight as to why this guy who is interested in me is acting nervous?

Why is the guy who appears to have a crush on me suddenly acting so nervous? Why isn't he contacting me more now that I have expressed interest? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Apr 28, 2011 - 70 answers

Rapscallions wanted

I am looking for new books in the same category as Le Petit Nicolas, Gian Burrasca, and, kind of, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. [more inside]
posted by bq on Apr 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Homemade Gifts for Boys

What kind of gifts can we make that our nephews will enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Dojie on Nov 5, 2010 - 15 answers

Perfect present for a boy turning 9

What is the awesomest possible present for a boy turning 9? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Oct 23, 2010 - 24 answers

Manhood

What books and movies have helped you define what it means to be a man? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Mar 23, 2010 - 100 answers

Software for a young gentleman

Cool software for a 2.5 year old boy. [more inside]
posted by signal on Feb 19, 2010 - 16 answers

He's not refusing to be a man. What to do, what to do.

difficult gift shopping filter: Help me find books, toys, comics, music, etc that provide a broad, varying, and largely non-traditional view of masculinity for my little brother, who is absolutely nothing like me or anyone else in our family. More details than necessary inside! [more inside]
posted by ellehumour on Oct 26, 2009 - 36 answers

interpretation

What does a guy mean after he tries to have sex but it doesn't happen? [more inside]
posted by femmme on Oct 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Saddling Him With My Baggage

Parenting techniques, insight, and maturity needed before I completely ruin my kid's life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2009 - 36 answers

How To Raise Two Boys That Aren't Jerks

We're going to have a second boy. Help us get rational about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2009 - 75 answers

Do I move my kids from their dad?

Would my three kids (17, 15, 10) be happier if we left the same town their dad lives in? I can't figure out if I'm allowing prolonged damage to my kids by letting them stay here because their dad is down the road but NEVER wants to see them. And where he lives bothers them (more later). [more inside]
posted by dzaz on Jul 7, 2009 - 44 answers

Where Can I Find These Vocal Harmonies?

Is it possible to find sheet music for background vocals of a 40 yo cover of a classic tune? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Jun 23, 2009 - 2 answers

Vrooom!

Why do little boys love trucks? [more inside]
posted by easy_being_green on Apr 21, 2009 - 56 answers

Story Time

Books for a Young Gamer: My (American) nephew is eight years old, and I want to buy him a book/some books for Christmas. He's *really* into gaming, but I would to find a book which will entice him away from the machine. [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin on Nov 26, 2008 - 24 answers

Yeah, bwee-ayyy!

Does anyone know - or care to guess at - the origin of the phrase "Yeah, bwee-aayyy!" uttered by teenagers like me in 1970s Northern England to express complete disbelief at a huge lie told by someone else? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 30, 2008 - 17 answers

No means no

How to nicely but firmly tell someone I am completely and totally uninterested romantically and at this point, pretty averse to friendship, too? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Jun 16, 2008 - 27 answers

Activities for bored boys?

What are some good things to do with one or two pre-teen boys? Besides play video games? [more inside]
posted by kerfuffled on May 27, 2008 - 22 answers

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