Tag Archives: tweens

Meagan Francis of The Mom Hour: Parenting in the Digital Age



Meagan Francis has been writing, blogging and podcasting about parenting for the better part of 20 years. You might not know her name, but odds are good you’ve seen a photo of her: That’s Meagan, in the hot pink dress. And that’s one of her (four) boys under her arm. (Meagan also has a daughter.) … Continue reading Meagan Francis of The Mom Hour: Parenting in the Digital Age


Personal Hygiene for Tween & Teen Boys



We initially ran this episode in July 2018. But we’ve gained a lot of followers since then and tween & teen boys have not suddenly gotten better at personal hygiene in the interim. If you’re sick of fighting with your boy about hygiene, this episode is a must-listen. Have a boy who hates to shower? … Continue reading Personal Hygiene for Tween & Teen Boys


Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell



“Middle school,” Phyillis Fagell says, “is a stew of simmering hormones, shifting relationships and increased expectations.” It’s also a time of massive confusion and overwhelm — for middle school boys and their parents. Phyllis Fagell is a school counselor and the author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle … Continue reading Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell


Parenting Tween & Teenage Boys



Are all teenage boys jerks? That’s the question we tackle in this episode, albeit with some more colorful language. (Heads up: If you’re opposed to the word “asshole,” you might want to skip this episode. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “When did my kid become such an asshole?!?” you’re definitely going to want to … Continue reading Parenting Tween & Teenage Boys


Encouraging Independence



As we in the United States celebrate our nation’s independence, we reflect on our boys’ drive for independence.  Toddlers cry, “I do it!” when we attempt to put on their clothes. Our teens scowl when we tell them what time to be home. Their frustration — toddlers’ & teens’ alike — is driven by their … Continue reading Encouraging Independence


Will He Ever Grow Up?!



  When do boys grow up? That question tends to elicit a chuckle; ask it in a group of middle-aged women, and you’re likely to hear someone joke about their not-yet-grown husband. Ask it in a group of men, and well, you’ll hear much the same thing. But to anxious parents, the when do they … Continue reading Will He Ever Grow Up?!


How to Raise a Boy with Michael C. Reichert



  How do you raise boys to become great men? That’s the big question we tackle here at On Boys. It’s the question Jen grapples with in her own home and on BuildingBoys, and the question Janet helps parents and teachers explore and answer through her coaching and online courses. Michael C. Reichert has spent … Continue reading How to Raise a Boy with Michael C. Reichert


Trust Yourself Mama (w Kelly Goodwin)



Kelly Goodwin is boy mom extraordinaire. She’s got 5 boys (currently ages 8-16), a degree in child development and a slew of nieces and nephews. If parenting boys has taught her anything, it’s the power of trusting your instincts. That’s why she launched Trust Yourself Mama, a YouTube channel that encourages parents of young children … Continue reading Trust Yourself Mama (w Kelly Goodwin)


Vaping & E-Cigarette Use: What Parents Need to Know



Nearly 1 in 3 high school seniors tried vaping in the last year.  Middle schoolers are vaping too. According to the Centers for Disease Control, e-cigarette use among middle school students increased by 48% between 2017 and 2018. Now, nearly 5% of middle school students in the United States vape on a regular basis. Kids … Continue reading Vaping & E-Cigarette Use: What Parents Need to Know


Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World with Jordan Shapiro



Janet & Jen had very different reactions to The New Childhood: Raising Children to Thrive in a Connected World, by author and educator Jordan Shapiro. Jen loved it. Janet has some, uh, questions. And concerns. So, we decided to talk to the author. Jordan was happy to talk with us. He’s an assistant professor at … Continue reading Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World with Jordan Shapiro