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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)


Kate Mangino on Teaching Boys to be Equal Partners



Kate Mangino is right: “The last thing any working parent needs is to add ‘solve gender inequality’ to their to-do list.”  But if we don’t think about gender inequality in the home, we might end up unintentionally perpetuating it. After all, for most of our lives, females have been assumed to be the primary and … Continue reading Kate Mangino on Teaching Boys to be Equal Partners


Highly Sensitive People Can Thrive



Highly sensitive people — boys & parents alike — are prone to overwhelm.  They’re also likely to be misunderstood (and, perhaps, misdirected) by parents, teachers, coaches, and others. “I was told my entire life, ‘You’re too damn sensitive,’” says Alane Freund, a licensed psychotherapist, highly sensitive person (HSP), & parent a of highly sensitive son. … Continue reading Highly Sensitive People Can Thrive


You-ology: Puberty for Every Body



Puberty happens to every body – and boys need to know how puberty affects bodies and brains. You-ology: A Puberty Guide for EVERY Body, by Dr. Trish Hutchison, Dr. Kathryn Lowe, & Dr. Melissa Homes, addresses puberty in a holistic, inclusive manner. That’s important because “all kids need this information,” Dr. Hutchison says. “All kids … Continue reading You-ology: Puberty for Every Body