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Sonshine Magazine - Raising boys for a more equal world (ISSUE 14)


Issue 14: November 2021

Play & Creativity

This has been a fun issue to put together – I’ve really got to indulge my creative side and think seriously about playtime. I hope it gives you the same buzz! 

Alex Mees’ gives his thoughts on our fears around football and boys, and Emma Worrollo of the Playful Den explains how we can get our kids and ourselves thinking more creatively. Jamey Fisher Perkins’ discussion of weapon play and whether it’s natural for boys is so thought-provoking, and we look at play schemas or personalities, how gendered clothes impact activity and ask are we really giving our kids equal play? And of course, it’s got the annual Gift Guide.

Sonshine is written and edited by Hayley Grove and Kirstie Beaven; writers, feminists and parents of boys. They met after having their first children, but really bonded over the year of hell that came with two children under three, numerous house moves and what seemed like a never-ending winter. Sonshine fills the gap that they have found while trying to teach the boys that they and their peers (boys and girls) are equal; different and equal.

Hayley and Kirstie created Sonshine Magazine to explore the challenges and the joys that come with raising kind, thoughtful and empathetic (as well as loud, boisterous and hilarious) boys.

We haven’t got a recipe for this but we hope that creating a change in the way we view boyhood, we can begin to change the way they will experience manhood.


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