Category Archives: Parenting

Fostering Gratitude in Boys



.redcircle-link:link { color: #ea404d; text-decoration: none; } .redcircle-link:hover { color: #ea404d; } .redcircle-link:active { color: #ea404d; } .redcircle-link:visited { color: #ea404d; } Powered by RedCircle Fostering gratitude in our boys can help them navigate the inevitable ups and downs of life. And despite what you may think, it is possible to foster an attitude of … Continue reading Fostering Gratitude in Boys


Parenting Teenage Boys with Lee Bare



Parenting teenage boys is a challenge. And an opportunity. In some ways, says child and adolescent psychologist Lee Bare, parenting a teenage boy is like parenting a newborn. “You have to be prepared for anything and you never know what kind of mood they’re going to wake up in,” says Lee, who is also the … Continue reading Parenting Teenage Boys with Lee Bare


Coffee with Jen & Janet



What does Janet’s 8-month-old grandson have in common with a bunch of guys throwing darts at each other in a dark basement? A fascination with objects moving through space —  a nearly universal male tendency that Janet is witnessing in real-time as her grandson delights in pushing, pulling, and moving objects that are bigger than … Continue reading Coffee with Jen & Janet


Parenting, Privilege, & Building a Just World



We want to build boys — AND a just world. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by seemingly insurmountable challenges, and tempting to not take action on big societal issues like inequity because, well, what can we do anyway? But while it’s true that none of us can individually create the systemic changes that are needed … Continue reading Parenting, Privilege, & Building a Just World


Holding the Calm with Hesha Abrams



Holding the calm, says Hesha Abrams, is an essential skill for resolving conflict and diffusing tension. Conflict and tension trigger an individual’s amygdala, the “reptilian” part of the brain that initiates the flight-flight-or-freeze response. And when the amygdala is activated, the human body goes into a refractory state for about 20 minutes. Our eyes and … Continue reading Holding the Calm with Hesha Abrams


Step in or Step Back?



Independence is good for kids.  Helicopter parenting is bad for kids. But figuring out when to step in or step back…well, that’s a challenge! When another boy punched her 11 year old son in the face during hockey practice, writer and “boy mom” Caren Chesler acted immediately. “I had one leg over the half-wall and … Continue reading Step in or Step Back?


Braden Bell Explains Middle School Boys



Middle school boys may seem messy and mysterious, but they’re also entertaining, challenging, and inspiring, says Braden Bell. The middle school years are “a wonderful, magical moment,” says Bell, an experienced educator, father, and grandfather. “It’s important to keep in mind that we are not raising 6th graders, we are not raising 7th graders — … Continue reading Braden Bell Explains Middle School Boys


Deborah Farmer Discusses Emotional Literacy (& Awe!)



Deborah Farmer Kris is a child development expert, author, and former educator — and she still finds raising kids a challenge! “None of us are slot machines,” she says. “It’s not like you put in this language and out pops a child who says ‘yes, mother.’” Parenting, Kris says, is humbling, partly because “there’s not … Continue reading Deborah Farmer Discusses Emotional Literacy (& Awe!)


Positive Parenting Solutions with Amy McCready



Positive parenting is more pleasant – and more effective than control-oriented parenting styles, says Amy McCready. Amy is a recovering yeller, mom of two grown sons, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, and the author of The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World and If I … Continue reading Positive Parenting Solutions with Amy McCready


Evil Witch Claire Zulkey on Life as a Boy Mom



“Boy mom” Claire Zulkey is the only female in her family. (Yes, the family dogs are male too.) She’s also a self-described “evil witch” & creator of Evil Witches newsletter, a fantastic community and newsletter for people who happen to be mothers and know that you can love and loathe your kids at the same … Continue reading Evil Witch Claire Zulkey on Life as a Boy Mom