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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…
 
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 …
 
Social media has been a lifeline during the pandemic. It can also destroy lives. In 2016, Ed Peisner’s then-16-year-old son was viciously attacked in a social-media motivated assault — which was filmed and uploaded to social media before his father even arrived on the scene. “It was just a typical Friday,” Peisner says. “He was walking home from sc…
 
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) th…
 
Humans are hard-wired to connect with other species, says Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives -- and Save Theirs and Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.The loneliness that so many of us (& our boys) are feeling right due is certainly due to pandemic-rel…
 
The "man box" doesn't leave much room for sensitive boys.Photo by Debra Brown via FlickrSociety prefers rough-and-tumble boys and men -- the strong, stoic types who lift heavy loads and "buck up," rather than cry, when injured or down. So how do we help our sensitive boys navigate a world that doesn't value their sensitivity?"Sensitive boys are ver…
 
About 1 in 54 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The key word in that sentence is "spectrum." Some people with ASD are nonverbal; some are highly verbal. Some avoid physical contact; some enjoy it. As one popular saying puts it, "Once you've met one person with autism, you'v…
 
What's your family personality? Don't know? You're not alone.Most people don't think of families as having personalities, but when you understand your personality, your partner's personality and your kids' personalities, life gets easier. Sandra Etherington, a family personality practitioner, uses the Myers-Briggs assessment to help families improv…
 
One of our favorite musicals is Les Miserables, which is a story about the French revolution. It's also the story of love and transformation.What does that have to do with raising boys? Today's guest is Dr. Charles Corprew, a psychologist and host of the podcast "What's Your Revolution?" Charles is passionate about revolution -- not the bloody riot…
 
Do you worry about keeping your boys safe online? Thanks to the pandemic, we're all spending more time online. And unlike in years past, porn is now ubiquitous and easily accessible. Boys today don't even have to go looking for porn; it finds them. A simple, developmentally appropriate search for "sex" or "boobs" can lead to some pretty disturbing …
 
We don't always like our boys. It's a bit taboo to admit that. We parents -- moms especially! -- are somehow expected to always have lovey feelings for our children. And we do love them. But sometimes, we don't want to be around them. Sometimes, we want them to go away.Parents who admit they don't like their kids, though, are often judged. That's n…
 
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