Dealing With Difference: Helping A Child Who Stands Out

Throughout life, people tell you to embrace your unique qualities. To celebrate the way you look and what you feel about different topics. These are lessons which most parents want to give to their children. But some differences are hard for a child to celebrate, and for some kids, standing out is their worst nightmare. […]

Creating High Self-Esteem in Your Boys

Image Credit Nowadays, we’re living in world where boys are being nurtured to be just as emotionally open, expressive, and in tune with their feelings as girls… yet, there’s still a long way to go when teaching boys the emotional strategies to overcome low self-esteem and love themselves for who they are. See, with the […]

Is There A Mental Health Epidemic Amongst Young Boys?

In the past, there has been a stigma around mental health problems but that seems to be lifting. People are more willing to talk about mental health, and our collective understanding and acceptance of people that suffer from mental illness is growing. While there’s still a long way to go, the progress we’ve made has […]

Teenage Angst Or Something More Serious?

We all know that life can get tough at times. As a parent, you may have survived your teenage years and come through the other side unscathed, but that doesn’t take away from the difficulty of growing up. You may look back on your teenage years fondly now, but can you remember how you felt […]

Giving Your Boy The Best Chance Of Being A Healthy Man

Health is something we tend to think about only when we don’t feel 100 percent, or when we get older and the chances of developing illnesses increases. The truth of the matter is that it’s never too early to talk about and think about health and well-being. If you have a son, you want him […]

New App Helps Boys Develop Emotional Resiliency

“Schools are really geared toward girls and they don’t know how to manage boy energy. Where is the safe place for a boy to share his feelings when he’s pulling away from both parents? — Patrina Mack, “boy-mom” and founder of K’Bro When I read about a new app that’s 1) a video game and […]

Author Ann Douglas On How to Help Boys with Mental Health Challenges

The year was 2003, and all four of my kids were going through a very rough time — which meant that my husband and I were going through a very rough time. At times it felt as though our lives were falling apart…When things were at their worst, I remember feeling helpless and overwhelmed. I […]

Is My Son Ready To Take His Prescription Drugs On His Own?

Prescription drugs are an important part of the lives of many Americans. Children and adults alike take medicines for various ailments and conditions. When children are young, parents take the responsibility ensuring the prescription is filled, and making sure that the drugs have been taken, but when can children take over this role? When can […]

Teens and Mental Illness

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How do you know when your son’s behavior crosses the line from typical teen to troubled? When — and how — should you intervene? This Wall Street Journal article has some answers. Have you ever dealt with a depressed teen? What have your experiences been with boys and the mental health system?

Childhood Depression

Could your son be depressed? My good friend and fellow blogger, Sarah E. Ludwig, has a terrific article about childhood depression in Parenting magazine. Among her points: Childhood depression is more common than you may think. 1 in 20 children and teens are clinically depressed. Depression is often masked by other issues. ADHD, anxiety and […]