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143 How Confidence & Joy Spark Success



“Confidence and joy are to the development of a child as oxygen is to life.”   — from Confidence & Joy: Success Strategies for Kids with Learning Differences If your son struggles — academically, socially, or emotionally — you know how quickly simple struggles can dissolve into despair. A child who feels unsuccessful at school … Continue reading 143 How Confidence & Joy Spark Success


142: Resolutions for People Who Care About Boys



The word resolution means “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” It also means “the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.” As we head into 2019, let’s consider both definitions of the word. Let’s make some firm decisions to improve our relationships with our boys. Let’s take steps to … Continue reading 142: Resolutions for People Who Care About Boys


140 Maggie Dent on Mothering Our Boys (Part 2)



  Want your boys to develop gentleness and empathy? Get a guinea pig. So says Maggie Dent, Australia’s BOY CHAMPION, mother of four grown boys and author of Mothering Our Boys: A Guide for Mums of Sons.  If you haven’t yet heard Part 1 of our conversation, toggle over and listen to that episode first. Then … Continue reading 140 Maggie Dent on Mothering Our Boys (Part 2)


139: Maggie Dent on Mothering Our Boys (Part 1)



  Please meet the marvelous Maggie Dent! Known in Australia as “the queen of common sense,” Maggie is a teacher, counselor and dedicated BOY CHAMPION. She’s a popular speaker, parenting educator and the author of 11 books, including the recently-released Mothering Our Boys: A Guide for Mums of Sons.  She’s also a whole lotta fun! … Continue reading 139: Maggie Dent on Mothering Our Boys (Part 1)


138 Holiday Gifts & Guilt



(Talk with Janet & Jen LIVE on ‘OPEN MIC’ – click here for date & ticket information.) ‘Tis the season for gift-giving, overspending & guilt. In today’s consumer culture, there’s intense pressure to show love and care for your family via material things. We give you permission to recognize that pressure and set it aside, … Continue reading 138 Holiday Gifts & Guilt


136: Thankful for Boys!



  We talk a lot about what’s hard about parenting. About all of the important things you need to and should do with your boys. This Thanksgiving, we talk about why we’re thankful for boys.  Let us count the ways: They expand our worldview and experience. The boys in our lives introduce us to hobbies, interests and … Continue reading 136: Thankful for Boys!


135: Tween Boys



Some call the tween years a “second toddlerhood.” Like toddlers, tweens are striving for independence and determined to do things on their own. Except when they’d rather not. Some days, they want nothing more than to be little kids again, cuddled in your lap. The mood swings of tween boys catch many parents off guard, … Continue reading 135: Tween Boys


134: Rites of Passage



  Traditional societies had many (often elaborate) rites of passage for boys and girls. On the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, boys become men after diving off rickety 40 foot platforms — toward the ground. (You may have seen or heard about this tradition on National Geographic.) In the Sioux culture, young boys were raised … Continue reading 134: Rites of Passage


133: Re-Run – The Good News About Bad Behavior



Enjoy this episode from our archives – it’s too good to miss! AND if you’re intrigued by what you hear, consider joining co-host Janet Allison for her upcoming online class: “5 Steps to Untangle Your Parenting.”  All the deets are here:  http://boysalive.com/untangle   If your kids always do what they’re told, consistently treat others with … Continue reading 133: Re-Run – The Good News About Bad Behavior


124: How to Help Your Boys Have a Great School Year



It’s back to school time!  But despite the smiley faces pictured in many back-to-school ads, the start of a new academic year doesn’t exactly generate feelings of enthusiasm and excitement in many boys (or their parents). For many families, back-to-school time is synonymous with dread, fear and anxiety. In fact, the number of boys who … Continue reading 124: How to Help Your Boys Have a Great School Year