Vaping & E-Cigarette Use: What Parents Need to Know



Nearly 1 in 3 high school seniors tried vaping in the last year.  Middle schoolers are vaping too. According to the Centers for Disease Control, e-cigarette use among middle school students increased by 48% between 2017 and 2018. Now, nearly 5% of middle school students in the United States vape on a regular basis. Kids … Continue reading Vaping & E-Cigarette Use: What Parents Need to Know


Age 16, Teen Driving & Cars



Sweet 16. Here in the United States, age 16 has long been an eagerly anticipated milestone, largely because teens are eligible to get a driver’s license at age 16. In the minds of many teens, age 16 = driver’s license = increased independence. In the minds of many parents, age 16 = increased insurance costs … Continue reading Age 16, Teen Driving & Cars


Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World with Jordan Shapiro



Janet & Jen had very different reactions to The New Childhood: Raising Children to Thrive in a Connected World, by author and educator Jordan Shapiro. Jen loved it. Janet has some, uh, questions. And concerns. So, we decided to talk to the author. Jordan was happy to talk with us. He’s an assistant professor at … Continue reading Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World with Jordan Shapiro


Our First Anniversary!



Happy Anniversary….Happy Birthday …. Any way you slice it – we’re thrilled to bring you this special edition of ON BOYS. After a year of conversations – that’s well over 50+ hours of talking, laughing, lamenting, and inspiring each other – and hopefully, our listeners – Jen and Janet learn some new and surprising things … Continue reading Our First Anniversary!


Rosalind Wiseman on How to Talk with Boys



Rosalind Wiseman’s work is based on the belief that young people’s experiences are important, but often discounted. Adults, she says, frequently give young people advice without listening to them first. Boys often tune out adult’s well-meaning messages because we fail to recognize that they are the subject matter experts of their own lives. However, if … Continue reading Rosalind Wiseman on How to Talk with Boys


150 Being a Stay-at-Home Dad



Meet Stay-at-Home Dad, Homeschooling Dad, and Mankind Project participant and advocate, Mark. Dad of Sam, age 8, husband of Corissa, living in Portland, Oregon, Mark retraces his journey as a boy who didn’t feel listened to by his mom and dad, struggling with his identity as a stay-at-home dad, and his striving to be an … Continue reading 150 Being a Stay-at-Home Dad


149: All About E-sports



Competitive video gaming may be coming soon to a school near you. E-sports  (short for “electronic sports”) is a $900 million dollar global industry. In South Korea, top video game players are household names, and matches are televised. Here in the United States, more than 80 colleges and universities, including Kent State and the University … Continue reading 149: All About E-sports


148: 14 Ways to Love Your Boys



Love really is what makes the world go around.  At least, it’s what makes the world a better place! On Valentine’s Day, our thoughts typically turn to romantic love (thanks to a hefty assist by Hallmark, restaurants and jewelry companies.) In this special Valentine’s Day episode, we’re focusing on another kind of love: The love … Continue reading 148: 14 Ways to Love Your Boys


147 Raising Boys with Amy Joyce of The Washington Post



Over the last year or so, as story after story of men’s misconduct hit the headlines, one question rang out in the hearts, minds and souls of parents: How do we raise boys to become good men?  Boys, we know, are not born evil or prejudiced. We’ve seen their sweetness. We tousle their hair and … Continue reading 147 Raising Boys with Amy Joyce of The Washington Post


146 What You Need to Know about Boys & Suicide (w Katey McPherson)



Young men are 4X more likely to die of suicide than young women The suicide rate for boys ages 15 to 19 grew by 30 percent from 2007 to 2015 Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24 No one wants to think or talk about suicide, but as people who … Continue reading 146 What You Need to Know about Boys & Suicide (w Katey McPherson)