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Why Boys Need Chores – with Victoria Prooday



Chores, Victoria Prooday says, are the most efficient way to build our boys’ emotional muscle. Prooday, a psychotherapist, occupational therapist and speaker, is convinced that self-regulation is the key to success — and science backs up her assertion. As early as 1998, psychologists were publishing papers and chapters stating that, “Self-regulation has major, important implications … Continue reading Why Boys Need Chores – with Victoria Prooday


Mom is in Control with Heather Chauvin



Is mom in control at your house?  We don’t mean “in control” in the dictator sense, or in the mom-is-storming-around-the-house-yelling-at-everyone way. We don’t even mean “in control” to mean “your house is neat and orderly and your children do exactly as you say.” We mean in control of YOURSELF. After all, the only thing you … Continue reading Mom is in Control with Heather Chauvin


Understanding Gender with Dr. Alex Iantaffi



A generation ago, few people thought much about understanding gender. Then, gender seemed simple and straightforward: boy or girl, male or female. Things are different today. Merriam-Webster declared they the 2019 word of the year, and there’s increasing recognition of the fact that gender is not strictly binary. What does this have to do with boys? … Continue reading Understanding Gender with Dr. Alex Iantaffi


Parenting Your Adult Children



The phrase “adult children” is an oxymoron: the words adult and children clearly describe very different things, and it’s impossible to be an adult and a child at the same time. Except it’s not. Most of us are adult children; Jen is 47 and a bona fide adult, but she’s also still the child of … Continue reading Parenting Your Adult Children


COVID-19 Listener Q and A



COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) has changed everything. Our daily lives now look nothing like we imagined at the beginning of the year. We’re hunkered down in our homes, and wondering how to get toilet paper and flour — basics we once took for granted. Some of us are working from home … Continue reading COVID-19 Listener Q and A


Just Don’t be an Asshole (with Kara Kinney Cartwright)



Kara Kinney Cartwright has a message for teenage boys & young men: just don’t be an asshole. The mom of two grown sons, Kara began writing Just Don’t Be an Asshole: A Surprisingly Necessary Guide to Being a Good Guy as her sons were preparing to head out into the world. The project was inspired, … Continue reading Just Don’t be an Asshole (with Kara Kinney Cartwright)


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


ADHD with Ryan Wexelblatt the ADHD Dude



Approximately 3-10% of children have ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder). Many of them — the majority, in fact — are boys. Today’s guest, Ryan Wexelblatt (aka ADHD Dude) describes ADHD as “an executive function developmental delay.” What that means: In all humans, the brain’s prefrontal cortex (or “frontal lobe”) acts as the operating system for the brain. … Continue reading ADHD with Ryan Wexelblatt the ADHD Dude