Tag Archives: mental health

My Boy Can with Sassy Harvey



Sassy Harvey believes “my boy can.” The mother of a young son who loves dance, Barbie and princesses. Sassy started a social movement after her then 4-year-old son quit dance because he’d been told that only girls and gay people dance. Now, My Boy Can is supporting boys and their parents as they challenge gender … Continue reading My Boy Can with Sassy Harvey


The Summer Slide



Summer slide (noun): The loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation Parents (& educators) have long worried about the things kids “forget” over the summer. This year, on the tail of a pandemic-interrupted school year that launched valiant attempts at unplanned remote learning, parents (& educators) are more concerned than … Continue reading The Summer Slide


Black Boys Matter



Black boys matter. Such a simple statement. And yet… George Floyd is dead. His name joins the long list of others (Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, etc., etc., etc…) whose lives have been cut short by racism, bias and brutality. We here at ON BOYS are NOT OK with the status quo. … Continue reading Black Boys Matter


COVID-19 Listener Q and A



COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) has changed everything. Our daily lives now look nothing like we imagined at the beginning of the year. We’re hunkered down in our homes, and wondering how to get toilet paper and flour — basics we once took for granted. Some of us are working from home … Continue reading COVID-19 Listener Q and A


Happy SECOND Anniversary to ON BOYS



Two years. More than 100 episodes covering important topics such as boys & sex, masculinity, ADHD, mental health, honesty & so much more. But on our SECOND anniversary, we’re most grateful for the relationships we’ve created. We’re no longer simply co-hosts or colleagues; we’re friends. We enjoy talking to one another as much as (we … Continue reading Happy SECOND Anniversary to ON BOYS


Helping Boys Grow Into Healthy Men (w Ted Bunch)



How can we help our boys grow into healthy men? Ted Bunch, chief development officer of A Call to Men, says he thinks that the key is to support our boys as they become their authentic selves. “I think the biggest challenge for us is really allowing our boys to show us, say to us … Continue reading Helping Boys Grow Into Healthy Men (w Ted Bunch)


Supporting Black Boys’ Mental Health (w Chandra White-Cummings)



Suicide rates among black boys ages 13-19 rose 60% from 2001 to 2017. And for children ages 5-12, black males are committing suicide at higher rates than any other racial or ethnic group. Significant numbers of black boys are ending their lives before puberty. This is not OK. “There is a lot of discussion going on … Continue reading Supporting Black Boys’ Mental Health (w Chandra White-Cummings)


Best of 2019



340%. The ON BOYS audience grew by 340% this year. We now have listeners in more than 110 countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Botswana and Bolivia — which means that our message of support for boys is resonating and empowering parents worldwide. This year, we hosted … Continue reading Best of 2019


Helping Teens Cope with Anxiety, Depression & More



It’s not easy to talk to boys about anxiety, depression and mental health. And yet, in a world in which 1 in 8 kids has an anxiety disorder and 2-3% of children ages 6-12 have serious depression and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24, not talking about these … Continue reading Helping Teens Cope with Anxiety, Depression & More


Masks We Wear with Ashanti Branch



Our boys often wear metaphorical masks. We all do, in fact. At work, we typically wear our confident, professional faces. At home, we aim for warm, nurturing and competent. But underneath, we may be feeling anger, frustration, sadness or shame. Our “masks” allow us to go about our days and meet our responsibilities without ruffling … Continue reading Masks We Wear with Ashanti Branch