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Parenting Through Health Challenges



Parenting inevitably includes health challenges. Kids get sick. Parents get sick. And injuries and accidents happen more often than we’d like. Learning how to manage a medical diagnosis — and navigate the health system — is a crucial parenting skill. “Boy mom” and COVID, cancer and heart failure survivor Jen Singer has more medical system … Continue reading Parenting Through Health Challenges


Gender Equality, Boys and Men



Doing more for boys and men does not require an abandonment of the ideal of gender equality. In fact, it is a natural extension of that. — Richard V. Reeves Those words are from a new book Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male is Struggling, Why it Matters, and What to Do About … Continue reading Gender Equality, Boys and Men


Braden Bell Explains Middle School Boys



Middle school boys may seem messy and mysterious, but they’re also entertaining, challenging, and inspiring, says Braden Bell. The middle school years are “a wonderful, magical moment,” says Bell, an experienced educator, father, and grandfather. “It’s important to keep in mind that we are not raising 6th graders, we are not raising 7th graders — … Continue reading Braden Bell Explains Middle School Boys


Michael Gurian on Raising Boys



When Michael Gurian published The Wonder of Boys in 1996, there “wasn’t any national consciousness about boys’ issues,” he says. A quarter century later, there are dozens of books about boys, and parents, educators, and politicians alike are realizing that we must address boys’ issues if we are to address the current epidemic of violence. … Continue reading Michael Gurian on Raising Boys


Empowering Boys to Challenge Rape Culture



Empowering boys to challenge rape culture is one way we can decrease sexual violence, says Gordon Braxton, an anti-violence educator and activist who formerly served as the Director of Men’s Outreach on Sexual Violence Prevention at Harvard University. Currently, most of us “spend little to no time empowering boys to raise their voices against sexual … Continue reading Empowering Boys to Challenge Rape Culture


Deborah Farmer Discusses Emotional Literacy (& Awe!)



Deborah Farmer Kris is a child development expert, author, and former educator — and she still finds raising kids a challenge! “None of us are slot machines,” she says. “It’s not like you put in this language and out pops a child who says ‘yes, mother.’” Parenting, Kris says, is humbling, partly because “there’s not … Continue reading Deborah Farmer Discusses Emotional Literacy (& Awe!)


Positive Parenting Solutions with Amy McCready



Positive parenting is more pleasant – and more effective than control-oriented parenting styles, says Amy McCready. Amy is a recovering yeller, mom of two grown sons, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, and the author of The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World and If I … Continue reading Positive Parenting Solutions with Amy McCready


Sexual Abuse Affects Boys Too



Sexual abuse affects boys and men too. 1 in 6 boys will be a victim of sexual abuse before the age of 18. But, in part due to lingering shame and stigmas, many victims don’t disclose the abuse until years later (if at all). They suffer in silence. Court Stroud was one of those boys. … Continue reading Sexual Abuse Affects Boys Too


Helping Boys with Executive Function Challenges



You might not even realize you have a boy with executive function challenges. Instead, you (or others) might think he’s “disorganized,” “lazy,” “resistant,” or “unmotivated.” Seth Perler was one of those boys. Now, he’s an executive function coach who helps other kids develop the skills they need to thrive. Seth is also the founder of … Continue reading Helping Boys with Executive Function Challenges


Helping Boys Thrive (w Dr. Sandy Gluckman)



Stress and trauma can make it difficult for boys to thrive. Counseling, chiropractic care, socio-emotional learning, and other child-focused interventions may help, but only to a certain degree. For real, lasting, sustainable change to occur, adults must manage their own stress. “There’s nothing good that’s going to come of taking our children to others for … Continue reading Helping Boys Thrive (w Dr. Sandy Gluckman)