Category Archives: Guests

ADHD with Ryan Wexelblatt the ADHD Dude



Approximately 3-10% of children have ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder). Many of them — the majority, in fact — are boys. Today’s guest, Ryan Wexelblatt (aka ADHD Dude) describes ADHD as “an executive function developmental delay.” What that means: In all humans, the brain’s prefrontal cortex (or “frontal lobe”) acts as the operating system for the brain. … Continue reading ADHD with Ryan Wexelblatt the ADHD Dude


Teaching Honesty in a World That Lies (w Judi Ketteler)



Is honesty the best policy?  Not necessarily, says Judi Ketteler, author of Would I Lie to You? The Amazing Power of Being Honest in a World That Lies. If Judi’s name (and voice) sound familiar to you, it’s because she’s been on the podcast before: in Oct. 2018, she talked to us about parenting risk-taking … Continue reading Teaching Honesty in a World That Lies (w Judi Ketteler)


Supporting Black Boys’ Mental Health (w Chandra White-Cummings)



Suicide rates among black boys ages 13-19 rose 60% from 2001 to 2017. And for children ages 5-12, black males are committing suicide at higher rates than any other racial or ethnic group. Significant numbers of black boys are ending their lives before puberty. This is not OK. “There is a lot of discussion going on … Continue reading Supporting Black Boys’ Mental Health (w Chandra White-Cummings)


Meagan Francis of The Mom Hour: Parenting in the Digital Age



Meagan Francis has been writing, blogging and podcasting about parenting for the better part of 20 years. You might not know her name, but odds are good you’ve seen a photo of her: That’s Meagan, in the hot pink dress. And that’s one of her (four) boys under her arm. (Meagan also has a daughter.) … Continue reading Meagan Francis of The Mom Hour: Parenting in the Digital Age


Which Apps are APPropriate? (w Jo Langford)



How much do you know about the apps KIK, WeChat and My LOL? If you’re like most parents, the answer is “not much” (if anything!). You know that cell phones and social media are an important part of tween and teen culture — in fact, digital communication is the primary source of social connection for … Continue reading Which Apps are APPropriate? (w Jo Langford)


Raising Boys Documentary



CBSN recently released a new documentary, Raising Boys. Among those featured in the documentary: our very own Jennifer L.W. Fink. The intent of the documentary, says producer Kayla Ruble, was to examine “what issues lead to the headlines” that so often announce stories of men behaving badly. The intent was to search for answers to … Continue reading Raising Boys Documentary


Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell



“Middle school,” Phyillis Fagell says, “is a stew of simmering hormones, shifting relationships and increased expectations.” It’s also a time of massive confusion and overwhelm — for middle school boys and their parents. Phyllis Fagell is a school counselor and the author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle … Continue reading Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell


Paul Tough on What Boys Need to Know About College



How important is college? That’s a fraught question for many families, particularly in an age of rapid technological change and occupational insecurity. We’ve been told that education is the key to success, but post-secondary education is priced like a luxury item, at least here in the U.S. In his new book, The Years That Matter … Continue reading Paul Tough on What Boys Need to Know About College


Parenting on Purpose with Dr. Vanessa LaPointe



“You will be brought to your knees in the act of parenting.” — Dr. Vanessa Lapointe Parenting boys is not an easy gig! So often, we are confronted with situations that we simply don’t know how to handle. What does one do when your two-year-old insists on pooping in the corner? How should you respond … Continue reading Parenting on Purpose with Dr. Vanessa LaPointe


The Military Wife and Mom with Lauren Tamm



November is Military Family Month. We Americans pause on November 11 to recognize the sacrifices of our veterans. This month, let’s also remember the sacrifices of their families. If you think it’s hard to raise boys, try raising boys in a military environment. Frequent moves and deployments challenge the whole family! Lauren Tamm, creator of … Continue reading The Military Wife and Mom with Lauren Tamm