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To Raise a Boy (w Emma Brown)



In her new book To Raise a Boy, author Emma Brown writes, “This is what I want for my son as he grows up: the ability to be himself without paying a social penalty.”  [NOTE: This episode contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence from 16:30-21:30] That’s what we want too. And we get frustrated sometimes … Continue reading To Raise a Boy (w Emma Brown)


How The Book of Dares Can Help Boys



The Book of Dares: 100 Way for Boys to be Kind, Bold and Brave turns “dare culture” on its head.  As you likely know, boys live in a world in which status is never fixed; it’s dependent upon their ability to rise to the challenge, to dominate others and not back down from fights. That’s … Continue reading How The Book of Dares Can Help Boys


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


Richard Louv on Animals, Nature & Boys



Humans are hard-wired to connect with other species, says Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs and Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. The loneliness that so many of us (& our boys) are feeling right due is … Continue reading Richard Louv on Animals, Nature & Boys


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


Family Personality Types



What’s your family personality?  Don’t know? You’re not alone. Most people don’t think of families as having personalities, but when you understand your personality, your partner’s personality and your kids’ personalities, life gets easier. Sandra Etherington, a family personality practitioner, uses the Myers-Briggs assessment to help families improve communication and collaboration. “The assessment measures tendencies … Continue reading Family Personality Types


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


School & Learning in the COVID-19 Era



How’s school going?  That’s a fraught question even when there’s NOT a pandemic going on. Now, it seems almost crazy to ask, given that most of us are dealing w less-than-ideal educational situations.  But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for miserable. If virtual school or online learning isn’t working for you, homeschool may … Continue reading School & Learning in the COVID-19 Era


Family Meetings & The 9-Year Change



Family meetings can you help adapt your parenting to fit the changing needs of your family.  One of the most challenging (and demoralizing) aspects of parenting is realizing that you must constantly revise your parenting strategies. The tips, techniques and discipline strategies that worked so well when your little boy was 2 don’t work at … Continue reading Family Meetings & The 9-Year Change