Teen Boys’ Emotional Lives



Powered by RedCircle Teen boys mystify (and frustrate) their parents. Especially their moms. But there’s a lot going on behind and beneath that sometimes stony exterior. Teen boys are not devoid of emotions; in fact, they devote a lot of time and attention to managing and controlling their emotions. They may not show their emotions … Continue reading Teen Boys’ Emotional Lives


Damon Brown Discusses Raising Boys



Powered by RedCircle Damon Brown is a journalist, author, entrepreneur, and primary caregiver for his two young sons, ages 6 and 9. But from his earliest days of parenting, people assumed he was simply “helping” his wife.  “I’d put on the Baby Bjorn and walk to the grocery story and hear ‘Oh, is it Daddy … Continue reading Damon Brown Discusses Raising Boys


Listener Q & A: Supporting Sibling Relationships, Finding Common Ground & More



Powered by RedCircle How do you support sibling relationships and build brother-sister bonds? Or connect with a tween son? Those are just a few of the questions Jen & Janet tackle in 2023’s first listener Q & A. Matthew says: We have 3 boys (15, 17, & 19) and 3 girls (2, 9, & 13)…our … Continue reading Listener Q & A: Supporting Sibling Relationships, Finding Common Ground & More


Simplicity Parenting w Kim John Payne



Powered by RedCircle Simplicity parenting, in many ways, is the antithesis of modern parenting.  Simplicity parenting prioritizes a balanced schedule, predictable rhythm, and decluttered, information-filtered family environment, while most modern families rush from one activity to the next and live with crammed-full schedules in an information-soaked environment. Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting: Using … Continue reading Simplicity Parenting w Kim John Payne


Parenting “Spicy” Boys



Powered by RedCircle “Spicy” boys are those who express themselves in big and loud ways, feel things intensely, and have energy to spare, says Mary Van Geffen, a popular Instagrammer and parent coach for Spicy Ones. Spicy kids “have so much loyalty toward their own soul — and less to the adults’ agenda,” Mary says. … Continue reading Parenting “Spicy” Boys


ON BOYS Most Popular Episode of 2022



Powered by RedCircle Our February 10 conversation with Dr. Mona Delahooke about her new book, Brain-Body Parenting:How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids, is ON BOYS’ Most Popular Episode of 2022. And no wonder: The Center for Childhood Development calls the book a “game-changer,” and Berkely’s Greater Good Magazine lists it … Continue reading ON BOYS Most Popular Episode of 2022


Best of 2022



Powered by RedCircle Which ON BOYS episodes were the Best of 2022?  Some of our favorites! 5. Raising LGBTQ Allies Chris Tompkins, author of Raising LGBTQ Allies: A Parent’s Guide to Changing the Messages from the Playground, recognized the power of unspoken messages when his then 6-year-old nephew asked him — an openly gay man … Continue reading Best of 2022


Linda Flanagan: Youth Sports are Out of Control



Powered by RedCircle Linda Flanagan says youth sports are out of control. And she should know. Flanagan is a former youth athlete, cross country coach, mother of a young athletes, and the author of Take Back the Game: How Money and Mania are Ruining Kids’ Sports – and Why It Matters. “If your goal is … Continue reading Linda Flanagan: Youth Sports are Out of Control


Maggie Dent on How to Motivate Boys



Powered by RedCircle Want to know how to motivate boys? Toss out your outdated beliefs about boys and men, says Maggie Dent, Australia’s “boy champion” and author of From Boys to Men: Guiding Our Teen Boys to Grow Into Healthy, Happy Men.  “Our boys aren’t these tough, unfeeling humans,” she says. “They’ve got incredibly tender … Continue reading Maggie Dent on How to Motivate Boys


Andrew Reiner: Building Boys’ Mental Health & Resiliency



Powered by RedCircle Andrew Reiner says it’s essential to spend time nurturing boys’ mental health & resiliency. As a college professor, Reiner sees what happens when boys aren’t taught resiliency and don’t develop the skills they need to support mental wellness. “I started noticing a chasm between the effort that my male students was putting … Continue reading Andrew Reiner: Building Boys’ Mental Health & Resiliency