Category Archives: Parenting

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

How to Raise a Feminist Son with Sonora Jha

You may wonder, how do you raise a feminist son? Or you might be wondering, WHY would you raise a feminist son?  What if we phrased it this way: How do you raise boys who respect and value all humans? “The word feminist, all over the world, has taken on so many definitions and meanings,” … Continue reading How to Raise a Feminist Son with Sonora Jha


ON BOYS podcast is now officially three years old. Our episodes have been downloaded more than 465,000 times — with almost 314,000 of those downloads coming over the past year. Join us in this very “unplugged” episode, as we acknowledge the suffering and hardship of the past year, while also noting and celebrating our progress. … Continue reading ON BOYS is THREE!

Social Media Safety

Social media has been a lifeline during the pandemic. It can also destroy lives. In 2016, Ed Peisner’s then-16-year-old son was viciously attacked in a social-media motivated assault — which was filmed and uploaded to social media before his father even arrived on the scene. “It was just a typical Friday,” Peisner says. “He was walking … Continue reading Social Media Safety

Sensitive Boys (w Dr. Sandy Gluckman)

The “man box” doesn’t leave much room for sensitive boys. Society prefers rough-and-tumble boys and men — the strong, stoic types who lift heavy loads and “buck up,” rather than cry, when injured or down. So how do we help our sensitive boys navigate a world that doesn’t value their sensitivity? “Sensitive boys are very, … Continue reading Sensitive Boys (w Dr. Sandy Gluckman)

Autism Rocks and Rolls

About 1 in 54 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The key word in that sentence is “spectrum.” Some people with ASD are nonverbal; some are highly verbal. Some avoid physical contact; some enjoy it. As one popular saying puts it,  “Once you’ve met one … Continue reading Autism Rocks and Rolls

Help! I Don’t Like My Boys

We don’t always like our boys.  It’s a bit taboo to admit that. We parents — moms especially! — are somehow expected to always have lovey feelings for our children. And we do love them. But sometimes, we don’t want to be around them. Sometimes, we want them to go away. Parents who admit they … Continue reading Help! I Don’t Like My Boys

Best of 2020: ON BOYS Year in Review

The phrase “best of 2020” is a bit laughable.  Using the term “best” to describe a year that’s included a global pandemic, remote schooling and massive disruptions to work and socialization seems almost…inappropriate. And yet, even 2020 had some bright spots. ON BOYS audience continued to grow. Our downloads increased by 207%. (We had nearly … Continue reading Best of 2020: ON BOYS Year in Review