Category Archives: Parenting

Teaching Boys Respect



What is respect? We tell our boys all the time to “show some respect!” and to “respect your teachers,” and worry about whether or not our boys know how to respect girls and women. But what does that mean? Defining respect, we’ve learned, is trickier than it seems at first glance, and if you and … Continue reading Teaching Boys Respect


Parenting Boys with Maggie Dent – Part 1



Our friend Maggie Dent  will be in British Columbia later this month, so we thought this would be a great time to re-share her wisdom & encouragement! Maggie the mom of four now-grown boys, a parenting educator & author of numerous books, including Mothering Our Boys: A Guide for Moms of Sons. This conversation was … Continue reading Parenting Boys with Maggie Dent – Part 1


Why Boy Moms Need Mentors Too



Google “boy mentors” and you’ll get more than 20,000,000 results. Search for “mentors for boy moms” and you’ll get just over 900,000 results — and most are resources to help single moms find male mentors for their sons.You’ll find next-to-nothing about how to find a mentor for yourself. But moms need mentors too. When Jen … Continue reading Why Boy Moms Need Mentors Too


Helping Boys Head Back to School



The beginning of the school year stirs up a lot of emotions for boys — and their parents. The number of boys who don’t like school has been increasing in recent years. In 1980, just 14% of boys told researchers they “didn’t like” school. By 2001, 24% — nearly one-quarter of all boys — said … Continue reading Helping Boys Head Back to School


Addressing Racism & Racial Disparities with Hilary Beard



Black boys fare worse than white boys in 99% of America. Here to help us untangle the many factors that affect black boys’ experience in America is Hilary Beard, author of Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life and creator of Rise & Thrive Online Parenting Program. “We thought we were … Continue reading Addressing Racism & Racial Disparities with Hilary Beard


Encouraging Independence



As we in the United States celebrate our nation’s independence, we reflect on our boys’ drive for independence.  Toddlers cry, “I do it!” when we attempt to put on their clothes. Our teens scowl when we tell them what time to be home. Their frustration — toddlers’ & teens’ alike — is driven by their … Continue reading Encouraging Independence


Summer Survive and Thrive Tips



Ahhhh, summer! Relaxed lazy days….oh, who are we kidding?!? For most parents in the Northern hemisphere, summer is a time of stress. The kids are home from school and the parents have to somehow juggle their regular work schedule while also trying to keep their kids engaged, active and on screens for less than 12 … Continue reading Summer Survive and Thrive Tips


Backcountry, Barbells & Boys



What do you get when you mix two fitness- and outdoors-minded dads with two moms who are staunch advocates for boys? A freewheeling discussion that touches on everything from fatherhood to weapons play and the current lack of movement in schools. Janet met Jaremy Day, co-host of the podcast Backcountry & Barbells, when she spoke … Continue reading Backcountry, Barbells & Boys


Managing the Transition to College



Do you have a son heading off to college or university this fall? How about in the future? The more you know about the college search and admission process, the easier this transition will be — for your son, for you and for your entire family. Dr. Pamela Ellis, author of What to Know Before … Continue reading Managing the Transition to College


Teaching Boys Social Skills



Boys interact differently than girls do. Sure, some of that is socialization. (A lot of that is probably socialization.) But the fact remains: boys’ interactions on the playground, in school and at home are different than girls’. The way boys greet and play with one another is different than the way girls do so — … Continue reading Teaching Boys Social Skills