Helping Your Son To Be Himself

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Boys can suffer a lot from self esteem issues as they grow, and quite a lot of the time, these worries and fears are swept under the rug. Men’s mental health can be an oft ignored issue, but increasingly, parents (and teachers) are turning their attention toward boys’ mental health. One way you can help: […]

Tips For Raising Healthy & Happy Boys

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Pexels Raising boys isn’t always easy, but it’s one of the most gratifying jobs in the world. You love your son or sons and want to see them succeed. The good news is that there are steps and actions you can take to help ensure your boys grow up to be healthy and happy in […]

Be There For The Big Moments in Your Boy’s Life

Image by Art Skoo from Pixabay  One of the most important things you can do for your son is be there for the big moments.  Milestones are important to all children, but boys and girls may have different priorities and things that they deem significant in their lives. As a parent, you can reinforce the […]

Reading Raising Cain

My oldest son wasn’t yet two when Raising Cain:Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys was published in 1999. At the time, I was so immersed in the process of parenting that I didn’t have any time to read and reflect on the experience. And, my son was young enough that I hadn’t yet needed to […]

Building Boys on The Morning Blend

Building Boys founder Jennifer L.W. Fink recently visited The Morning Blend, a Milwaukee AM talk show, to discuss the challenges of raising boys today:  

Be a Better “Boy Parent”

20+ years into parenting boys, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on how to be an effective “boy parent.” I did not feel that way nearly 20 years ago, when I was trying to figure out why my perfectly content little boys would randomly start running and jumping off the couch. And […]

Enjoying Summer with Boys

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Five years ago, my then-eight-year-old son pulled himself around the bases on his belly. It was the postscript to a day of Independence Day celebrations, and his spontaneous endeavor taught me a lot about encouraging independence — and a lot about how well-meaning adults can inadvertently interfere with boys’ development. This year’s 4th of July […]

Vaping, Living With & Talking to Boys

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In April, we talked about vaping, living with & talking to boys on On Boys podcast. We also talked about learning to trust yourself as a parent. And now that I think about, those seemingly diverse topics have more in common than we first realized… Hear me out. A solid base of reliable information and […]

The Power Of Father-Son Bonding

  If you are a father to any young boys, then there is something that you are probably keen to try and master as well as you can: the bonding process with your son. The father-son bond is an incredibly important thing to nurture, in that it provides many great benefits for the kid while […]

Is DIY Dead And Should We Teach It To Our Boys?

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Let’s say something is broken in your home. What’s the first thing you do? Do you try and fix it yourself or do you call in the pros? Most people will probably have a go and then when they fail, they’ll resort to an online search for a nearby expert. This will be after perusing […]