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Boy moms make the most effective boy advocates. That’s a lesson Gemma Gaudette learned early on. Gaudette, the host of Idaho Matters on Boise State Public Radio and the mom of 2 sons, ages 13 and 9, didn’t really understand the challenges boys face in the world until she had sons. Now, she believes that moms of boys need to advocate on their behalf…
 
Like it or not, your son will probably become sexually active at some point. Do you… a) buy him condoms? b) let his romantic interest stay over? c) say ABSOLUTELY NOT to sleep over requests? d) freak out? Or….???? Note: there are no “right” answers to these questions. Each family has their own values regarding sex, and each of our sons is a unique …
 
Is your son musical? Yes, he is — even if hates singing, doesn’t play an instrument, and acts up in music class. Human beings are inherently musical creatures, according to Joan Koenig, author of The Musical Child: Using the Power of Music to Raise Children Who Are Happy, Healthy, and Whole. In her book, Joan says that music: Helps develop vital ph…
 
If you attended Seth Perler’s TEFOS summit — The Executive Function Online Summit — and want more info, you’re in the right place. (And if you missed the summit, no worries! You can still access recordings, and you’ll get a lot from this podcast episode as well.) We first talked to Seth Perler about executive function in April 2021, and what he sai…
 
Amy Lang is our go-to sex ed expert. She’s a mom of a son and she’s not afraid to talk frankly about sex, pornography, relationships and consent. Our January 2021 conversation with Amy — all about how keep boys safe online — was so enlightening and informative that we’ve decided to run it again. Some gems: “All the research shows that parents are t…
 
Meghan Leahy is one of our favorite parenting experts. Her advice is grounded in experience (she’s got 3 kids and is a parenting columnist for the Washington Post), understanding (again: she’s got 3 kids!), and compassion (like the rest of us, she’s exhausted and overwhelmed). She’s honest, engaging and an absolute hoot. Her latest book, Parenting …
 
Yes, you can thrive with chronic illness and special needs. In fact, you can create a Very Happy Story no matter what challenges you’re dealing with on the home front. Liza Blas, a mom of two, created the Very Happy Stories podcast and blog after realizing that her overwhelm was overwhelming her family. She also realized that not talking about her …
 
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 R. Rosen’s latest book, Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs. There are no easy answers to that question but…
 
When we become parents, someone really should hand us a book that details, exactly, how to NOT raise an a-hole. Karen Alpert (of the blog Baby Sideburns), a mom of two and author of Mamas, Don’t Let Your Kids Grow Up to be A-Holes: Unfiltered Advice on How to Raise Awesome Kids, recognizes that parents are terrified of inadvertently raising asshole…
 
Dr. Michele Borba knows how to help boys thrive. She’s a “boy mom” — a mother of 3 grown sons, educational psychologist, and the author of Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine. Many boys are stressed but don’t tell their parents because “they don’t want to hurt us,” Dr. Borba says. They want and need coping skill…
 
Ever wished you had a guide to raising boys?A manual you can consult when your tween son confuses and frustrates you?Now, one exists -- and it's Jen's first book!The First-Time Mom's Guide to Raising Boys: A Practical Guide to Your Son's Formative Years, by Jennifer L.W. Fink, was released on July 6, 2021. It's a handbook that's intended to help mo…
 
Parenting a child with ADHD or neurodivergence can be challenging. Especially if you're also neurodivergent."When my youngest son was about 3 weeks old, he started crying and it really never stopped," says Rachel Blatt, co-host of the podcast Constant Chaos. At first, they thought it was colic, but visits to multiple gastrointestinal specialists di…
 
You may wonder, how do you raise a feminist son?Or you might be wondering, WHY would you raise a feminist son? What if we phrased it this way: How do you raise boys who respect and value all humans?"The word feminist, all over the world, has taken on so many definitions and meanings," says Sonora Jha, author of How to Raise a Feminist Son. "To me, …
 
Do you have a highly sensitive boy?Perhaps your son has been called "too sensitive” or “too emotional.” Maybe he is easily overwhelmed, especially when he's surrounded by a lot of sensory stimuli. Approximately 10% of all males are thought to be highly sensitive -- and often, others imply that they aren't "man enough." In a culture that's long valu…
 
Like us, Teacher Tom is concerned about how we raise our boys."In our culture, we have a society where men are lonely, men have higher suicide rates and men are more prone to violence, and sexual abuse. And I don't think that's in the nature of men. I think it's somehow in the nature of how we're raising men," says Tom Hobson, aka "Teacher Tom," a …
 
Having sons forced Tosha Schore to reevaluate everything she knew about boys.Schore, the daughter of a single mom, grew up stepped in the women's movement. As a child, she attended marches and rallies for women's rights and, in college, she majored in Women's Studies. She was pregnant with her first child and sidelined with a bout of nausea when a …
 
Steve Biddulph is a legendary parenting educator.He's the author of The Secrets of Happy Children, Raising Boys in the 21st Century: How to Help Our Boys Become Open-Hearted, Kind and Strong Men, and The New Manhood, among others. His latest book, Fully Human: A New Way of Using Your Mind, isn't about child-rearing, though. It's a simple, working m…
 
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