How The Book of Dares Can Help Boys

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By Janet Allison, Jennifer LW Fink, Janet Allison, and Jennifer LW Fink. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
The Book of Dares: 100 Way for Boys to be Kind, Bold and Brave turns "dare culture" on its head. As you likely know, boys live in a world in which status is never fixed; it’s dependent upon their ability to rise to the challenge, to dominate others and not back down from fights. That’s one reason why boys are so susceptible to challenges and dares And that’s one reason why so many boys do stupid things. Remember the movie “A Christmas Story?” Flick’s tongue got stuck to the pole because he was double-dog- and then triple-dog dared. via GIPHY Ted Bunch, chief development officer of A Call to Men (an organization that promotes healthy, respectful manhood), and Anna Marie Johnson Teague, chief communications officer of the organization, decided to use boys' susceptibility to dares to encourage important emotional growth. "When we set out to write this book, we spoke with thousands of boys around the world," Anna Marie says. "Boys unanimously agreed that dares are equally frightening and fascinating. So we decided to present 100 positive challenges that all promote healthy manhood, authenticity and gender equity." In this episode, Jen, Janet, Ted & Anna Marie discuss: Why boys tackle dares - including harmful ones The collective socialization of manhood The "man box" Helping boys navigate evolving gender expectations Encouraging empathy Talking about male privilege and white privilege (without boys feeling like they're part of the problem!) Developing emotional literacy How healthy manhood promotes mental health Introducing The Book of Dares to your son All done! Day 100 of Jen's 100-Day Dress Challenge Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: The Book of Dares: 100 Ways for Boys to be Kind, Bold and Brave -- Ted & Anna Marie's book Book of Dares Discussion Guide -- FREE resource to help you introduce and work though the book with your son Helping Boys Grow Into Healthy Men (w Ted Bunch) -- our first ON BOYS conversation w Ted A Call to Men — includes helpful information & data, as well as links to their programs The Birds & Bees Solution Center for Parents — use coupon code ONBOYS to save 15% How (& Why) to Start a Boys' Book Club -- ON BOYS episode mentioned at 25:32

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