How To Be A Calmer Parent

Parenting is stressful. Wonderful — and stressful. As a parent, you have ultimate responsibility for another person’s life and well-being, and that can often feel overwhelming. You might even start questioning yourself and your abilities, which can lead to rising anxiety and decreased patience.   If you feel like this, you’re not alone. Your short-tempered […]

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 […]

Taking Time Off

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Raising boys is a lot of work! And if you’re like most parents I know, you probably feel likely overwhelmed right now. Winter holiday + already busy schedule + tight family budget = stress. My question to you is, What are you doing to deal with the stress? A lot of articles and blog posts […]

Imposed Stress?

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Gutsy Writer, a mom of three boys, had an interesting comment regarding my last blog post. I’m curious to hear what you think about the difference between boys/men and girls/women, towards stress. I think one of the things that attracts females to males is they are able to remain calm when women “freak” out. So […]

How to Help a Stressed Out Son

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Believe it or not, a lot of boys don’t know when they’re feeling stressed. They might feel — and act — angry, mad or upset, or even withdraw and shutdown. An older boy might be able to tell you he’s overwhelmed. More often that not, though, you’ll see the signs — frustration, a short fuse, […]

Don’t Let Stress Win

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We have a winner! The winner of the fantasy football book giveaway is MAC Mom. Congrats! MAC Mom is the mother of a not-quite-one-year-old boy and is wondering about potty training. My advice? Wait it out. Because potty training can be stressful, and our boys are stressed out enough already. (Like that segue?) Boys today […]