All posts by Janet

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


Steve Biddulph on Raising Boys



Australian author and psychologist Steve Biddulph was one of the first to highlight the unique needs of boys. In the mid-1990s, “Steve went out on a limb to stand up for boys and men in a time when, culturally, the focus was really on girls and women,” Janet says. His books, including The Secrets of … Continue reading Steve Biddulph on Raising Boys


Parenting Tween & Teenage Boys



Are all teenage boys jerks? That’s the question we tackle in this episode, albeit with some more colorful language. (Heads up: If you’re opposed to the word “asshole,” you might want to skip this episode. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “When did my kid become such an asshole?!?” you’re definitely going to want to … Continue reading Parenting Tween & Teenage Boys


Parent From Love, Not Fear (w Bryan Post)



The secret to parenting success  — & satisfaction — is simple: Parent from love, not fear.  So says Bryan Post, founder of The Post Institute for Family Centered Therapy. Adopted as a child, Post experienced the difficulties that can arise when a child’s needs conflict with a parent’s experience. His adopted sister was born prematurely … Continue reading Parent From Love, Not Fear (w Bryan Post)


Teaching Boys Respect



What is respect? We tell our boys all the time to “show some respect!” and to “respect your teachers,” and worry about whether or not our boys know how to respect girls and women. But what does that mean? Defining respect, we’ve learned, is trickier than it seems at first glance, and if you and … Continue reading Teaching Boys Respect


Parenting Boys with Maggie Dent – Part 1



Our friend Maggie Dent  will be in British Columbia later this month, so we thought this would be a great time to re-share her wisdom & encouragement! Maggie the mom of four now-grown boys, a parenting educator & author of numerous books, including Mothering Our Boys: A Guide for Moms of Sons. This conversation was … Continue reading Parenting Boys with Maggie Dent – Part 1


Why Boy Moms Need Mentors Too



Google “boy mentors” and you’ll get more than 20,000,000 results. Search for “mentors for boy moms” and you’ll get just over 900,000 results — and most are resources to help single moms find male mentors for their sons.You’ll find next-to-nothing about how to find a mentor for yourself. But moms need mentors too. When Jen … Continue reading Why Boy Moms Need Mentors Too


“My Boy Can” Parenting



At age 4, Sassy Harvey’s son was told that if he dances, he must be a girl. Or gay.  Not surprisingly, he quit dance class soon after that. It’s 2019. Girls, we know can become astronauts and scientists and ministers and presidents. But boys who dance are STILL routinely perceived as gay and effeminate. In … Continue reading “My Boy Can” Parenting


Gender Differences, Bragging & Raising World Citizens



It’s time for another listener Q & A! A Boys Alive! FB group member asks: How can I interest a teen boy in becoming a good world citizen? A Twitter follower asks: What do you say to boys who say they’re the best at…whatever the conversation is about. I’ve heard this from multiple 7/8/9 yo … Continue reading Gender Differences, Bragging & Raising World Citizens