Boys are struggling. They are struggling academically. They are struggling behaviorally. They are struggling emotionally. If the most notable phenomenon of the last decade has been the evolution of rhetorical girl power into actual, honest-to-goodness girl power, the second most notable phenomenon has been a distinctly male malaise. Some have treated this as an epidemic, while others have acknowledged that this may be a new and troubling status quo.
For parents and caretakers, boys’ alienation represents impossibly high-stakes puzzle. Until a true solution to what ails boys emerges – hardly a given – the best that caretakers can do is seek out information and wisdom. To that end, Fatherly spoke to experts, non-experts, researchers, economists, role models, authors, mothers, teachers, and, of course, fathers about what can and should be done. The result? A collection of stories that, in aggregate, provides a picture not only of modern American boys, but also of the adults that are trying to support them. We call it Raising Boys. We hope it helps.