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


A Revolution for Men & Boys



One of our favorite musicals is Les Miserables, which is a story about the French revolution. It’s also the story of love and transformation. What does that have to do with raising boys? Today’s guest is Dr. Charles Corprew, a psychologist and host of the podcast “What’s Your Revolution?” Charles is passionate about revolution — … Continue reading A Revolution for Men & Boys


Keeping Boys Safe Online (w Amy Lang)



Do you worry about keeping your boys safe online?  Thanks to the pandemic, we’re all spending more time online. And unlike in years past, porn is now ubiquitous and easily accessible. Boys today don’t even have to go looking for porn; it finds them. A simple, developmentally appropriate search for “sex” or “boobs” can lead … Continue reading Keeping Boys Safe Online (w Amy Lang)


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


ON BOYS Most Popular Episode of 2020



Dr. Cara Natterson’s book, Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons, came out in February 2020 & made a big splash. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A common-sensical, gently humorous exploration of male puberty’s many trials” and a New York Times article declared, “…for rational, evidence-based advice on how to talk to your … Continue reading ON BOYS Most Popular Episode of 2020


Cracking the Boy Code with Dr. Adam Cox



Dr. Adam Cox helped Janet crack the boy code, way back when she was a first grade teacher who didn’t know what to do with a class full of boys. His book, Cracking the Boy Code: How to Understand and Talk with Boys, is a seminal text that contains valuable insights for parents and teachers … Continue reading Cracking the Boy Code with Dr. Adam Cox


Helping Boys Become Resilient with Dr. Sandy Gluckman



How do you help boys become resilient?  It’s easy enough to say that resiliency is important, and we know that the ability to bounce back in spite of obstacles is essential for success and happiness in life. But how exactly does one build resilience? Contrary to popular belief, you can’t teach a child resilience, says … Continue reading Helping Boys Become Resilient with Dr. Sandy Gluckman


Boundaries & Consent (w Sarah Casper)



Most of us know what consent means. But knowing what it MEANS doesn’t necessarily guarantee that we – or our BOYS – will actually be prepared in the moment…. Acroyoga, or partnered yoga, helped Sarah Casper understand boundaries & consent. “In this practice, instead of using an apparatus like trapeze or aerial silks, we’re using our … Continue reading Boundaries & Consent (w Sarah Casper)