Category Archives: Parenting

Practical Parenting Strategies (w Amy Williams)



Need some practical parenting strategies to help you manage hitting, backtalk and disobedience?  Amy Williams has solutions. Amy is a school counselor who also helps overwhelmed and stuck parents. And let’s be real: we all feel overwhelmed, stuck, and unsure at various points during our parenting journey. Giving ourselves grace is step one to moving … Continue reading Practical Parenting Strategies (w Amy Williams)


Hunt Gather Parent with Michaeleen Doucleff



Hunt, Gather, Parent, by Michaeleen Doucleff, shares ancient wisdom that’s still relevant today: the key to raising healthy, happy, helpful humans is to engage them in work of the family and community.  That’s a truth we seem to have forgotten in our collective desire to optimize our kids. Our intentions are good, but our actions … Continue reading Hunt Gather Parent with Michaeleen Doucleff


The Fully Human Parent by Steve Biddulph



Let legendary parenting author Steve Biddulph teach you how to be a fully human parent. His book, Fully Human: A New Way of Using Your Mind, came out a few months ago and Janet talked to him about it then. Later this month, he’s releasing a brand new online talk about being a fully human parent, … Continue reading The Fully Human Parent by Steve Biddulph


Boy Moms as Boy Advocates



Boy moms make the most effective boy advocates.  That’s a lesson Gemma Gaudette learned early on. Gaudette, the host of Idaho Matters on Boise State Public Radio and the mom of 2 sons, ages 13 and 9, didn’t really understand the challenges boys face in the world until she had sons. Now, she believes that moms … Continue reading Boy Moms as Boy Advocates


Meghan Leahy on Parenting Outside the Lines



Meghan Leahy is one of our favorite parenting experts. Her advice is grounded in experience (she’s got 3 kids and is a parenting columnist for the Washington Post), understanding (again: she’s got 3 kids!), and compassion (like the rest of us, she’s exhausted and overwhelmed). She’s honest, engaging and an absolute hoot. Her latest book, … Continue reading Meghan Leahy on Parenting Outside the Lines


You Can Thrive with Chronic Illness and Special Needs



Yes, you can thrive with chronic illness and special needs. In fact, you can create a Very Happy Story no matter what challenges you’re dealing with on the home front. Liza Blas, a mom of two, created the Very Happy Stories podcast and blog after realizing that her overwhelm was overwhelming her family. She also … Continue reading You Can Thrive with Chronic Illness and Special Needs


Troubled Boys (w Kenneth R. Rosen)



What do you with troubled boys? With boys who are failing school, sneaking off, and using substances? Boys who have resisted disciplinary efforts and redirection? That’s the question at the heart of Kenneth R. Rosen’s latest book, Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs. There are no easy answers to that question but … Continue reading Troubled Boys (w Kenneth R. Rosen)


How to NOT Raise an A-Hole



When we become parents, someone really should hand us a book that details, exactly, how to NOT raise an a-hole.  Karen Alpert (of the blog Baby Sideburns), a mom of two and author of Mamas, Don’t Let Your Kids Grow Up to be A-Holes: Unfiltered Advice on How to Raise Awesome Kids, recognizes that parents … Continue reading How to NOT Raise an A-Hole


Dr. Michele Borba Knows How to Help Boys Thrive



Dr. Michele Borba knows how to help boys thrive. She’s a “boy mom” — a mother of 3 grown sons, educational psychologist, and the author of Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine. Many boys are stressed but don’t tell their parents because “they don’t want to hurt us,” Dr. Borba … Continue reading Dr. Michele Borba Knows How to Help Boys Thrive


The First-Time Mom’s Guide to Raising Boys



Ever wished you had a guide to raising boys? A manual you can consult when your tween son confuses and frustrates you? Now, one exists — and it’s Jen’s first book! The First-Time Mom’s Guide to Raising Boys: A Practical Guide to Your Son’s Formative Years, by Jennifer L.W. Fink, was released on July 6, … Continue reading The First-Time Mom’s Guide to Raising Boys