In-Person: NURTURING BOYS TO BE BETTER MEN by Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais

Please join us for an in-person event celebrating the release of Nurturing Boys to be Better Men by Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais. For this event, Dr. Flais will be joined in conversation by Heidi Stevens. 

Please note: Pre-registration for this event is required. By pre-registering, you are verifying that you are fully vaccinated and will wear a mask throughout the entirety of the event.


Advance gender equality one family at a time.

Pediatrician and mother of four Dr. Shelly Flais gives parents the tools they need to start the lifelong process of raising their boys into men who are mentally healthy, empathetic, and committed to gender equality. Dr. Flais provides concrete techniques for parents to push back against cultural stereotypes and toxic masculinity as they nurture their sons. Because “kids do as they see,” the work of being role models for gender equality starts in the home. Dr. Flais explains developmentally appropriate opportunities for growth and awareness of gender equality at every age from before birth through early adulthood. This conversation-starter emphasizes the benefits of gender equality for boys and girls and men and women, and discusses it not only in the context of the family, but also the extended family, school, and greater community.

Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified practicing pediatrician, the mother of 3 sons and 1 daughter, and an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is the author of Raising Twins, editor in chief of Caring for Your School-Age Child, and coeditor of The Big Book of Symptoms. She is an American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson and frequent media contributor who lives in the Chicago suburbs.

As Director of External Affairs at the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, Heidi Stevens cultivates and manages outward-facing communications and relationships in support of the center’s mission to help parents, caregivers, and communities promote healthy development for all children. Prior to joining the TMW Center, she worked at the Chicago Tribune and she maintains a nationally syndicated column once a week. Stevens lives in Chicago, and her favorite book from early childhood is “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey.

Accessibility: This event is hosted at the bookstore, which is a wheelchair accessible space. Masks are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request ASL interpretation for this event, please email by no later than 14 days before the event. For other questions or access needs, please email


Event date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N Clark St
Nurturing Boys to Be Better Men: Gender Equality Starts at Home By Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610026772
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: American Academy of Pediatrics - October 24th, 2023