Five ways to raise happy boys
Do you worry about your son's level of self-esteem, or that he doesn't fit in with the typical 'boy' stereotype?
We caught up with Erika Brodnock (right), mum of five and developer of Karisma Kidz - a game app, real-life superhero dolls and website that aims to help to develop children’s emotional intelligence from the earliest possible age, to get some expert ideas...
1) Help him identify with a Karisma kid. Maybe he's Karisma Champion, a sporty boy who also loves to learn, or Karisma Wizard, who loves to share, and loves his dog.
2) Find out what your child is good at/passionate about and help them develop this. If he's not boisterous or sporty, perhaps you could encourage him to write a journal or maybe try his hand at poetry.
3) Let your children explore other avenues - they may well be sporty, but for these boys in particular, music can be a great way to make them feel good about themselves.
4) Make time just for you and your son - set aside 15 minutes a day for under eights, 20 minutes a couple of times a week for older kids, where they can share with
Ringleaders & Sidekicks
Bullying, girls, classroom politics and more are tackled in Rosalind Wiseman's book Ringleaders & Sidekicks. Rosalind, mum to two boys and author of a bestselling book aimed at girls (Queen Bees & Wannabees), this time tackles the issues that boys face as they head into the secondary school years.
She explains what Boy World is like, some of the challenges boys face when it comes to dealing with their peers, liking girls and being a sensitive boy.
While it is aimed at parents of boys aged 11 and older, it is useful reading to get you prepared for what lies ahead, and actually much of the parenting advice is just as valid for younger boys.
There are some nice quotes from boys, which really helps you to understand how they see the world, and some useful examples. Rosalind lives in the US, although she has worked with boys in the UK, so the book does have a bit of an American feel to it, but most of the examples work just as well on this side of the Atlantic.
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you without fear of being judged and you get a chance to celebrate what you love about them. This time will also help you to really know your child - and recognise when things aren't going so well - if they are being bullied for instance.
5) Help them to recognise the positive aspects of situations - to identify the silver linings. It will enable them to cope with otherwise difficult situations. The games in Karisma Kids identify some of these situations and help them work out the right way to deal with them.
The Karisma Kidz App is free, available to download from the Apple App Store, compatible on IOS. It also comes pre-loaded on Kurio Tablets.
Karisma Kidz Audio Books RRP £2.99 available now Karisma Kidz Toys £39.99 (interactive toys) & £11.99 (smaller non-interactive toys), available to pre-order from the website at www.karismakidz.co.uk
What's it like to be a boy?
James Dawson is like a super cool uncle. He looks cool and knows how to talk to boys, without getting coy about sex, puberty and other cringeworthy stuff.
His book Being a Boy will be an invaluable read for your boy once they're into secondary school, but is also a good read for parents (especially mums) who can find out what it is like being a boy, what problems they come up against, and how to tackle problems before they actually become a problem.
It's also an entertaining read - I've been reading it on the train and trying hard not to chuckle out loud. And I quote: 'No one will want to snog you if you smell like bum' and 'the more insecure a person is the more prone they are to willy-waggling'.
Please note: the book covers sex - (including how to take off a bra!) - abortion, same sex relationships and more, so you may want to read it before deciding if it is suitable for your son.
James also has some video advice available - about willies and sexuality.