Tag Archives: emotional development

Managing Emotions



Managing emotions — our boys, & our own — is challenging in the best of times. This, most definitely is not the best of times. We’re cooped up in our houses with kids who miss their friends and activities. With boys who no longer have soccer or baseball practice to help them burn off some … Continue reading Managing Emotions


Raising Boys in an Era of Girl Power (Listener Q & A)



Raising boys brings up all kinds of questions. No matter how long you’ve been parenting, educating or working with boys, you’re bound to stumble into a situation that you don’t quite know how to handle — on a weekly basis. At least. In this listener Q & A, we tackle some evergreen questions. Jen also … Continue reading Raising Boys in an Era of Girl Power (Listener Q & A)


Twice Exceptional Boys (w Ramsey Hootman)



Do you know what the term “2e” means? 2e is short for “twice exceptional,” a term used to refer to people who are both highly gifted and learning disabled. As you might imagine, meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of a 2e child is quite a challenge. Ramsey Hootman is an author and mom … Continue reading Twice Exceptional Boys (w Ramsey Hootman)


Boys and Sex with Peggy Orenstein



Talking about boys and sex can be uncomfortable. But if want our boys (and girls and non-binary children) to have healthy, safe, fulfilling sexual relationships, it’s essential. And there’s the hitch, right? A lot of us don’t even want to think about our children having sexual relationships — and when we do talk to our kids … Continue reading Boys and Sex with Peggy Orenstein


Teaching Honesty in a World That Lies (w Judi Ketteler)



Is honesty the best policy?  Not necessarily, says Judi Ketteler, author of Would I Lie to You? The Amazing Power of Being Honest in a World That Lies. If Judi’s name (and voice) sound familiar to you, it’s because she’s been on the podcast before: in Oct. 2018, she talked to us about parenting risk-taking … Continue reading Teaching Honesty in a World That Lies (w Judi Ketteler)


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


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


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


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


Masks We Wear with Ashanti Branch



Our boys often wear metaphorical masks. We all do, in fact. At work, we typically wear our confident, professional faces. At home, we aim for warm, nurturing and competent. But underneath, we may be feeling anger, frustration, sadness or shame. Our “masks” allow us to go about our days and meet our responsibilities without ruffling … Continue reading Masks We Wear with Ashanti Branch