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Troubled Boys (w Kenneth Rosen)



What do you with troubled boys? With boys who are failing school, sneaking off, and using substances? Boys who have resisted disciplinary efforts and redirection? That’s the question at the heart of Kenneth Rosen’s latest book, Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs. There are no easy answers to that question but Ken’s … Continue reading Troubled Boys (w Kenneth Rosen)


Forest Schools Get Boys Learning Naturally



School + nature = forest schools “A forest school is holistic education outdoors in nature,” says Nicki Farrell, co-founder of Wildings Forest School in Queensland, Australia. Learning doesn’t typically follow set curriculum; rather, it’s child-led. Education is individualized and play-based and includes plenty of movement. The kids who struggle the most in traditional schools — … Continue reading Forest Schools Get Boys Learning Naturally


Seth Perler Explains Executive Function



Does your son have a problem with executive function? Let’s put it another way…. Does he struggle with homework, procrastination, time management, or lack of motivation? Does he have ADHD? If so, he probably needs help developing his executive functioning. “If you want to help a kid who is struggling with homework, grades, procrastination, under … Continue reading Seth Perler Explains Executive Function


Novel Education for Boys



What would happen if we based our education for boys on their interests?  The idea of crafting an education around a student’s interests is a bit novel in today’s world of standardized curriculum and tests. But the concept is sound. As parents (and educators) know, trying to force a child to learn something they don’t … Continue reading Novel Education for Boys


School & Learning in the COVID-19 Era



How’s school going?  That’s a fraught question even when there’s NOT a pandemic going on. Now, it seems almost crazy to ask, given that most of us are dealing w less-than-ideal educational situations.  But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for miserable. If virtual school or online learning isn’t working for you, homeschool may … Continue reading School & Learning in the COVID-19 Era


Listener Q & A – Parenting Teen Boys



Parenting teen boys is not easy. They’re bigger than us. Stronger than us. They speak in a language we don’t necessarily understand — if they choose to speak at all. Their focus is turning outward, just as we parents realize how little time we have left to teach them all the things they need to … Continue reading Listener Q & A – Parenting Teen Boys


Help Boys Listen & Learn (Listener Q & A)



How do we help boys listen & learn?  In month whatever of the pandemic, we’re all grappling with a lot of tough questions, including what to do about school and injustice and inequality. We can’t give you any easy answers regarding schooling during  the cornonavirus pandemic or the fight for equality and justice. There aren’t … Continue reading Help Boys Listen & Learn (Listener Q & A)


Back to School 2020



Back to School 2020 will go down in the annals of history. The United States (and world) is still wrestling with the coronavirus pandemic. Schools are slated to “open” — whether virtually or literally or some combination thereof — in a few weeks. Some, in fact, have already opened. There’s so much we don’t yet … Continue reading Back to School 2020


Parenting Teenage Boys w Joshua Wayne



Parenting teenage boys is HARD.  Their brains aren’t yet fully mature yet they’re bigger and stronger than most parents. They have more energy than their parents — and when they are bound and determined to do what they want to do (regardless of what you or anyone else says), the energy can seem more like … Continue reading Parenting Teenage Boys w Joshua Wayne


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