All posts by Janet

Personal Hygiene for Tween & Teen Boys



We initially ran this episode in July 2018. But we’ve gained a lot of followers since then and tween & teen boys have not suddenly gotten better at personal hygiene in the interim. If you’re sick of fighting with your boy about hygiene, this episode is a must-listen. Have a boy who hates to shower? … Continue reading Personal Hygiene for Tween & Teen Boys


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


How to Teach Boys Gratitude



How do you teach boys gratitude? So many parents today are frustrated by their boys’ apparent lack of gratitude. All too often, our boys come off as ungrateful, entitled jerks — and it bugs the bejeezus out of us! We’re embarrassed, we’re annoyed and we secretly feel like failures, because surely good parents would raise … Continue reading How to Teach Boys Gratitude


Paul Tough on What Boys Need to Know About College



How important is college? That’s a fraught question for many families, particularly in an age of rapid technological change and occupational insecurity. We’ve been told that education is the key to success, but post-secondary education is priced like a luxury item, at least here in the U.S. In his new book, The Years That Matter … Continue reading Paul Tough on What Boys Need to Know About College


Parenting on Purpose with Dr. Vanessa LaPointe



“You will be brought to your knees in the act of parenting.” — Dr. Vanessa Lapointe Parenting boys is not an easy gig! So often, we are confronted with situations that we simply don’t know how to handle. What does one do when your two-year-old insists on pooping in the corner? How should you respond … Continue reading Parenting on Purpose with Dr. Vanessa LaPointe


The Military Wife and Mom with Lauren Tamm



November is Military Family Month. We Americans pause on November 11 to recognize the sacrifices of our veterans. This month, let’s also remember the sacrifices of their families. If you think it’s hard to raise boys, try raising boys in a military environment. Frequent moves and deployments challenge the whole family! Lauren Tamm, creator of … Continue reading The Military Wife and Mom with Lauren Tamm


Charlie Capen on Fatherhood and Raising Boys



Humor, says Charlie Capen, is one of the most important tools in parenting. But this actor/musician/writer/dad-of-two-boys isn’t afraid to get serious either. Capen is one of the founders of HowToBeADad.com, which he freely admits uses humor as a way to get guys to talk and think about parenting. A generation ago, there were few — … Continue reading Charlie Capen on Fatherhood and Raising Boys


How Shame Harms Boys



What do you do if a teacher shames your son in front of the class?  For many parents, this is not an abstract question. Teachers, coaches, bus drivers and yes, even parents still use shame to shape kids’ behavior. Adults yell at children in front of their peers, berate them for a lack of effort, … Continue reading How Shame Harms Boys


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