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Dr. Leonard Sax Takes Down the Guidelines

Dr. Leonard Sax Takes Down the Guidelines

January 20, 2019 by Robery Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Now it’s Dr. Leonard Sax’s turn to savage the new APA Guidelines for Practice with Men and Boys (IFStudies, 1/15/19).  Sax, like Michael Gurian about whose response to the APA I wrote this past Wednesday is that rara avis who takes the needs of men and boys seriously.  Not only that, he takes the science of his profession – psychologist – seriously too.  So it’s no surprise that he scorns…

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The Night My Divorce Tried To Kill Me

The Night My Divorce Tried To Kill Me

January 18, 2019 by Jeremy Lanning This is the story of the night my divorce tried to kill me. After 18 years and 3 children I found myself on the other side of a divorce. My wife was pursuing other interests and I got served with papers and a date for a temporary hearing. I was a full time dad, student, and caregiver to my family’s special needs. I was hands on. I was asked to leave the house and…

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Michael Gurian Takes Down the APA Guidelines

Michael Gurian Takes Down the APA Guidelines

January 17, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization This is the third in my series on the APA Guidelines for Practice with Men and Boys. To bring a much-needed helping of sanity to the subject of the psychology of men and boys comes the ever-excellent Michael Gurian (The Federalist, 1/14/19).  Gurian is a world authority on the brain chemistry of males and females and on differing therapeutic approaches to each.  Over the years, he’s penned some…

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‘Masculinity’ as Understood by the APA

‘Masculinity’ as Understood by the APA

January 16, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Continued from yesterday. In my first piece on the new APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Men and Boys, I pointed out that the description of masculine norms on offer by the Guidelines seems to bear little resemblance to, well, men and boys.  Some, such as “achievement,” seem to pretty accurately peg masculine aspirations and behavior.  Others such as “violence” and “anti-femininity” don’t even get close.  So…

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Memo to Men: Like the Government, the APA is Here to Help You

Memo to Men: Like the Government, the APA is Here to Help You

January 15, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization It was barely 45 years ago that the American Psychological Association officially (if not entirely) stopped calling homosexuality a form of mental illness.  As of 2019 it now casts the same slur at “traditional masculinity.”(APA. 1/2019)  The APA has promulgated its Guidelinesfor Psychological Practice with Men and Boys and, like the government, the APA is here to help (APA, 8/2018).  Look out lads people like Michael Kimmel have proclaimed…

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Does Tucker Carlson Get It?

Does Tucker Carlson Get It?

January 10, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Continued from yesterday. I’d like to ask David French a question: “Did you grow up with a father?  That is, was your father present in the household, was he a tangible presence in your life?” The reason I ask is that, in his National Review article, French demonstrates that he grasps the value of fathers to children, particularly boys. Read More…

The Right’s Squabble Over Men and Boys

The Right’s Squabble Over Men and Boys

January 9, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization There’s been quite a kerfuffle among the center-right commentariat over the past few days.  Fox’s Tucker Carlson started it with a ten-minute opinion piece on some of the ways in which this culture denigrates men and boys to everyone’s detriment.  Many of Carlson’s points hit the nail on the head. His was followed by an article by David French in the National Review, and it’s French’s on which…

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Vote Shared Parenting in Missouri

Vote Shared Parenting in Missouri

January 8, 2019 by Linda Reutzel, Chair, National Parents Organization Missouri Chapter and Member, National Board of Directors When the bell rings on opening day this Wednesday, January 9, 2019, in the Missouri Assembly,  companion shared parenting bills, HB 229 sponsored by Representative Kathy Swan and SB 14 sponsored by Senator Wayne Wallingford, will be ready for legislative action.  The legislative language in these bills has been vetted in previous sessions and so these bills are ready for passage. State…

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Vote Shared Parenting in Missouri

Vote Shared Parenting in Missouri

January 8, 2019 by Linda Reutzel, Chair, National Parents Organization Missouri Chapter and Member, National Board of Directors When the bell rings on opening day this Wednesday, January 9, 2019, in the Missouri Assembly,  companion shared parenting bills, HB 229 sponsored by Representative Kathy Swan and SB 14 sponsored by Senator Wayne Wallingford, will be ready for legislative action.  The legislative language in these bills has been vetted in previous sessions and so these bills are ready for passage. State…

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New Jersey Judge Strikes Down License Suspension Law

New Jersey Judge Strikes Down License Suspension Law

January 6, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization A measure of sanity now leavens New Jersey’s public policy on the enforcement of child support delinquencies (New Jersey Law Journal, 1/2/19).  State Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson has struck down as violating the state’s constitution that portion of a New Jersey statute mandating automatic driver’s license suspension in all cases in which “a child support arrearage equals or exceeds the amount of child support payable for six…

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