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Highly Sensitive Boys with William Allen



Do you have a highly sensitive boy? Perhaps your son has been called “too sensitive” or “too emotional.” Maybe he is easily overwhelmed, especially when he’s surrounded by a lot of sensory stimuli.  Approximately 10% of all males are thought to be highly sensitive — and often, others imply that they aren’t “man enough.” In … Continue reading Highly Sensitive Boys with William Allen


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)


144: You Asked about Age 14, Implicit Bias and Sensitive Boys (Listener Q & A)



  Our listeners ask the big, important questions! When we put out our most recent call for listener questions, we got some heart-felt, thought-provoking, difficult-to-answer questions. Allison asked how to effectively love and support a young teen: We have a 14 year old boy, and I’m on shifting sands. I’m trying to find balance supporting … Continue reading 144: You Asked about Age 14, Implicit Bias and Sensitive Boys (Listener Q & A)


Empowering Boys w Laurie A. Couture



Empowering boys is one powerful way to address the boy crisis. Some people — often, people who don’t have or work with boys — wonder why boys need to be empowered. After all, they say, men still control most businesses and countries. But boys struggle in the classroom and in our communities. “Dangerous double standards” … Continue reading Empowering Boys w Laurie A. Couture


The First-Time Mom’s Guide to Raising Boys



Ever wished you had a guide to raising boys? A manual you can consult when your tween son confuses and frustrates you? Now, one exists — and it’s Jen’s first book! The First-Time Mom’s Guide to Raising Boys: A Practical Guide to Your Son’s Formative Years, by Jennifer L.W. Fink, was released on July 6, … Continue reading The First-Time Mom’s Guide to Raising Boys


Maggie Dent: What Teenage Boys Really Need



What words come to mind when you hear the phrase “teenage boys”? Messy? Stinky? Frustrating? Lazy? Moody? Dangerous? Teen boys can be all of those things. (So can teen girls!) But there’s also a lot more beneath the surface, and if we’re to effectively parent and educate our teen boys, we have to go deep. … Continue reading Maggie Dent: What Teenage Boys Really Need


Listener Q & A – Parenting Teen Boys



Parenting teen boys is not easy. They’re bigger than us. Stronger than us. They speak in a language we don’t necessarily understand — if they choose to speak at all. Their focus is turning outward, just as we parents realize how little time we have left to teach them all the things they need to … Continue reading Listener Q & A – Parenting Teen Boys


Best of 2021



Which ON BOYS episodes were the Best of 2021?  The answers may surprise you! 5. Highly Sensitive Boys with William Allen By age 5, William Allen understood very clearly that he was different. People told him to “man up” and that he “needed to be tougher.” Their words and reactions to his emotions told him, in no … Continue reading Best of 2021


Finding Balance & Handling Disrespect (Listener Q & A)



We recently put out a call for listener questions, and boy, did you send ’em to us! Deanna asked: about the struggle of trying to find the perfect balance of keeping your boys busy enough to stay out of trouble, yet not overscheduled Erin asked us how to handle a “chatty” son who insists he’s … Continue reading Finding Balance & Handling Disrespect (Listener Q & A)


Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell



“Middle school,” Phyillis Fagell says, “is a stew of simmering hormones, shifting relationships and increased expectations.” It’s also a time of massive confusion and overwhelm — for middle school boys and their parents. Phyllis Fagell is a school counselor and the author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle … Continue reading Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell