Category Archives: Parenting

Boys & Anxiety (w Dr. Mary Wilde)



How much do you know about boys & anxiety? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 7% of American children between ages 3-17 have a diagnosed anxiety disorder. Likely, the actual prevalence of anxiety is significantly higher, because many kids — especially boys — are undiagnosed. What looks like anger, opposition … Continue reading Boys & Anxiety (w Dr. Mary Wilde)


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


Family Meetings & The 9-Year Change



Family meetings can you help adapt your parenting to fit the changing needs of your family.  One of the most challenging (and demoralizing) aspects of parenting is realizing that you must constantly revise your parenting strategies. The tips, techniques and discipline strategies that worked so well when your little boy was 2 don’t work at … Continue reading Family Meetings & The 9-Year Change


Parenting Outside the Lines with Meghan Leahy



Parenting outside the lines frees us up to connect with our children in an authentic way. It allows us to skip over the “must do’s” and simply, instead, do the next right thing in any given moment. And if the “right thing” ultimately takes us a direction we don’t want to go, it gives us … Continue reading Parenting Outside the Lines with Meghan Leahy


Raising Boys to be Good Men



We all want to raise good men. But how? It’s one thing to WANT To raise good men, and another to figure out what that means on a daily basis. Exactly HOW do we raise good men? Aaron Gouveia is the author of Raising Boys to be Good Men: A Parent’s Guide to Bringing Up … Continue reading Raising Boys to be Good Men


How (& Why) to Start a Boys’ Book Club



Can a book club help boys enjoy reading?  Yes, says Erin O’Donnell, a mom of two boys and author of How to Start a Kids Book Club. She and a bunch of other moms started a mother/son book club when their sons were in 3rd grade, on the cusp of the transition from learning to … Continue reading How (& Why) to Start a Boys’ Book Club


The Summer Slide



Summer slide (noun): The loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation Parents (& educators) have long worried about the things kids “forget” over the summer. This year, on the tail of a pandemic-interrupted school year that launched valiant attempts at unplanned remote learning, parents (& educators) are more concerned than … Continue reading The Summer Slide


The Art of Roughhousing (w Dr. Lawrence Cohen)



Roughhousing can teach boys about healthy touch. Society teaches boys that there are two kinds of “acceptable” touch for males: sex, and aggression. No wonder so many boys and men turn to sex and aggression to meet their very human need for touch! Physical play — including play wrestling, “chase” games and roughhousing — give … Continue reading The Art of Roughhousing (w Dr. Lawrence Cohen)


Differently Wired Boys & TiLT Parenting (w Debbie Reber)



At least 1 in 5 people are differently wired, says Debbie Reber, founder of TiLT Parenting. Differently wired kids are neurologically atypical. They perceive the world differently than their peers and express themselves differently as well. These differences can be subtle or glaring, and as a parent or teacher, it can be hard to know … Continue reading Differently Wired Boys & TiLT Parenting (w Debbie Reber)


Black Boys Matter



Black boys matter. Such a simple statement. And yet… George Floyd is dead. His name joins the long list of others (Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, etc., etc., etc…) whose lives have been cut short by racism, bias and brutality. We here at ON BOYS are NOT OK with the status quo. … Continue reading Black Boys Matter