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School + nature = forest schools Image: Laine Photos and Film “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 movem…
 
Males represent 25-40% of individuals with eating disorders. That’s not something people tell us when our boys are babies, and it’s not something most pediatricians mention at well-child checks — despite the fact that males are at a higher risk of dying from an eating disorder than females. “We have this notion that only a certain type of a person …
 
Can you prevent addiction? Or alcoholism? After all, no one dreams of taking their son to rehab. Or arguing with him, repeatedly, about his use of pot, alcohol or meth. When our babies are little, we tell ourselves that if we do everything right, our sons can avoid alcoholism and addiction. But that’s simply not true. 24% of 8th graders have had at…
 
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 ac…
 
How DO you homeschool boys? Trying to recreate school-at-home doesn’t work for most boys — as so many families found out during the pandemic. And placing your life and career on hold while you educate your kids isn’t exactly practical either. Linsey Knerl, a freelance writer and mother of six (including 5 boys!), says it’s possible to homeschool bo…
 
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 find interesting or useful is a…
 
Can the K’Bro app help boys develop emotional resiliency? Yes, says K’Bro founder Patrina Mack, a mother of a son who was inspired by her son’s school-inflicted emotional challenges. Importantly, she says, K’Bro is a boy-friendly, science-based support system that kids can use independently to cope with life’s challenges. We’ve all heard the stats …
 
ON BOYS podcast is now officially three years old. Our episodes have been downloaded more than 465,000 times — with almost 314,000 of those downloads coming over the past year. Join us in this very “unplugged” episode, as we acknowledge the suffering and hardship of the past year, while also noting and celebrating our progress. “The fact that any u…
 
In her new book To Raise a Boy, author Emma Brown writes, “This is what I want for my son as he grows up: the ability to be himself without paying a social penalty.” [NOTE: This episode contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence from 16:30-21:30] That’s what we want too. And we get frustrated sometimes because so many people don’t even realiz…
 
In this episode I sit and chat with Intersectional Feminist Life Coach Tsipa Swan. We get to talking about nearly everything! For instance how the universe really works, pooping, ego transformation, how bidets work, making intuitive decisions from your pussy, drag queens, David Bowie, the Royale Family, and how the simple act of thinking differentl…
 
In this episode I sit and chat with sports chiropractor, flamenco dancer, and founder of Heart Health Care for Artists Dr Montserrat Andreys. We get to talking about ways that you can engage your creativity, your body, and your mindset during extreme circumstances like a global pandemic. Montserrat’s website: https://www.hearthealthcareforartists.c…
 
On June 24th 2019 my friend, and this episode’s guest, Jon Davidson fell approx 80 ft off a cliff on a volcano in Mexico, breaking 21 bones, including his back, shoulder, sternum, knee, and neck. He also suffered a punctured lung, a concussion, and severe lacerations all over his body. In this episode Jon and I sit and catch up on that adventure. J…
 
In this episode I sit and chat with author, educator, and founder of Boys Alive! and On Boys podcast Janet Allison. We get to talking about the ways that boys are different and how we can better understand, parent, and teach boys so that we can all thrive together. Janet’s website: https://www.boysalive.com/ Topics covered: Boy world, Man box, how …
 
In this episode I sit and chat with poet, performer, and body worker Niema Lightseed. We get to talking about poetry, body work, and the way that humans are specifically designed for beauty, expression and creativity. Niema’s website: https://www.radwellbeing.com/ Topics covered: Creativity, body work, mind/body/spirit, oracle energy, the power of …
 
In this episode I sit and chat with actor and singer Ithica Tell. We get to talking about the ways actors are emotional athletes and how important it is to fully engage with people. We also attempt to create a couple few new rules about how people might should engage with each other around race, gender, consent, and reproductive organs. Ithica’s we…
 
In this episode I sit and chat with author, singer, and spiritual coach Starr Sheppard-Decker. We get to talking about entrepreneurship, and authenticity, and what it really means to live a spirit led life. Starr’s website: https://starrshepparddecker.com/ Topics covered: Letting go of the BS story of who we’re supposed to be, being an energetic co…
 
In this episode I sit and chat with stage manager A. Kishlock. We get to talking about the rebellious act of fully embracing all of who we are and showing up for ourselves even when we’re in flux, or in pain, or feeling vulnerable, or feeling like we’re broken and weird. Topics covered: Gender, Stage management, shedding skin, self love, crying in …
 
In this episode I sit and chat with Chris Franklin, actor, model, and host of Lost N Portland Podcast. We get to talking about creating opportunities to delight in the world around us from spending time in nature to spending time showcasing local folx who are up to amazing things. Chris’s website: https://www.lostnportland.com/ Topics covered: Mode…
 
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 …
 
In this episode I sit and chat with Sex Educator and Physical Trainer Gretchen Leigh. We spend time talking about the power of vulnerability and the way that the path towards healing, growth, and change can be a very winding road. Gretchen’s website: gretchenleigh.org Topics covered: Vulnerability, My butt, eating disorders, perfectionism, control,…
 
In this episode I sit and chat with sex experts and educators Amory Jane and Gretchen Leigh. We get to talking about why sex is important and how humor, transparency, vulnerability, and emotional awareness are vital parts of engaging with your sexuality. Amory Jane’s website: http://amoryjane.com/ Gretchen’s website: gretchenleigh.org/ Topics cover…
 
In this episode I sit and chat with sex educator and entertainer Amory Jane who is on a mission to edu-tain and smash shame - about sex and to smash shame in general. Amory Jane’s website: amoryjane.com Topics covered: Sex, polyamory, The Patriarchy, masturbation, vibrators, yodeling, Germany, The Beatles, Sex Magic, infertility, stress, shame, tra…
 
In this episode I sit and chat with my friend, Zed Jones - Actor/Performer, Community Educator, and Activist. We chat about the different ways we all show up and present ourselves in the world. Zed’s website: https://www.facebook.com/public/Zed-J...​ Topics covered: Dance battles against toddlers, how to dance, performing, gender, kale, furries, ta…
 
Jon’s website: http://www.jondavidsonmusic.com/​ Topics covered: Music Business, injuries, illness, health challenges, setbacks, empowerment, empowerment through masturbation, how technology is driven by porn, connection, Lyme disease, balance conditions, the importance of clean water, why Jesus is cool, starting a cult, success, going the extra mi…
 
Heather Chauvin was dying to be a good mother.Her determination to get it *just right* was fueled by a sense of failure - and societal norms that define "good moms" as self-sacrificing. .18 years old and single when her first child was born, Heather launched herself into parenting with gusto. She was determined to prove to herself (and others) that…
 
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