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To build happy and well balanced men we have to understand what it is to be
ere has been a wave of neuroscience research demonstrating that the
di erences between boys and girls are more profound than anyone guessed.
e brain is wired di erently.
Dr Leonard Sax is just one of many researchers who is convinced that we
must change school learning environments so the di erences between boys
and girls don t become limitations.
Clearly if these di erences are not understood then we all run the risk of at
best limiting the learning environment for both girls and boys, and at worst,
destroying the individual s self esteem to a point where they become at risk
e best way to raise your son to be a man who is con dent, caring and
nurturing is to rst of all let him enjoy his childhood. ere is de nitely no
one way to be a boy but what is clear is that boys all need the same a ection
and attention as girls. Mature and con dent men usually have had secure
childhoods with loads of love and laughter.
Boys want boundaries as they make them feel safe and secure. I have met
very few boys who, when treated with respect, fairness and kindness, don t
We have to demonstrate and teach boys how to act re ectively with warmth
and empathy. is emotional intelligence teaching and modelling is vital in
these early years.
One clear message from all the psychologists studying boys is, get it right
early and set your boys up for success because it isn t going to get easier!
Anyone with teenagers will relate to that.
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Oriental Bay Big Dig
By TALIA CARLISLE
Wellingtonians will dig up a storm
on Saturday during the annual Big
Dig in Oriental Bay.
The event is run by the Courtenay
Place Rotary Club. Its director of
special projects, Nicky Byrne, said it
was more than just a fun day out for
It s a chance to do something with
children and their families and all
the proceeds go to the Child Cancer
foundation, she said.
Ms Byrne has organised the event
for the last four years. She said the
club had to start preparations in
October to organise the use of Orien-
tal Bay, print and distribute posters
and find sponsors.
People have been very generous,
especially considering the economic
[This year] we have a very special
prize donated by Weta Workshop. I
can t say what it is, but it stands
about 90cm tall.
Diggers will search the sand for
tokens, which represent prizes such
as bikes, cameras, toys, sports equip-
ment and dvd players.
The event will begin at 11am and
finish at 12.30pm.
More than 500 people attended the
event last year, raising about $5000
for the Child Cancer Foundation.
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