Boyhood at 11 and 12: Navigating a social ecosystem that prizes alpha males over quirky kids

“Today, the boys throw their arms around one another, affectionately. They speak freely about why they are friends — because, Grey explains, “we’re all nice people.” They still have stuffed animals at home and don’t mind being seen with their moms. But how much longer will the sweetness last?” #momming

Boyhood at 11 and 12: Navigating a social ecosystem that prizes alpha males over quirky kids

At an age when peers become more important than parents, these three buddies are awakening to middle school’s cliques and strict gender codes.

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