Podcast Episode 170: Why We Need to be Better to Our Boys

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 170 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to an educator about what it takes to raise better boys.

Like many parents of boys, I’m sure, I’ve noticed that — while globally there’s a long way to go to level the playing field for girls — here at home boys are more likely to be medicated for attention deficit disorder, more likely to drop out of school, while the girls are the more likely to the ones standing at the front of the assembly collecting most of the academic awards. And young women are now out-graduating men from university at considerable rates and have been for some time.

It seems that, as a whole, boys may be needing some clearer direction and better messages about what it means to be a boy. I’m joined today by Janet Allison of Boys Alive. Janet is an educator and parent coach with a specialty in helping parents and teachers to nurture boys. She’s also the author of Boys Alive: Bring Out Their Best.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Boys Alive! Bring Out Their Best! Why ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ and How You Can Guide Them to Be Their Best at Home and at School.

Boys Alive! website

Janet’s blog

Janet’s Facebook Group Boys Alive!

Related Episode: Are Schools Doing Enough For Boys?

Related Episode: Raising Our Boys To Be Feminists

Janet’s Parenting Advice

“There is a Chinese proverb that says ‘it is easiest to ride a horse in the direction that it is already going.’ I want parents to go on the ride, go on the ride with their horse, with their boy and open up, be playful with them and ride that exuberant wave rather than trying to always have everything orderly. Be a little chaotic and be with them in their experience. And that’s specially for moms, you know. It’s going to require you to get down on the floor, to get dirty, to be playful, to get loud, to be noisy and recognize that he has a whole other perspective and join him occasionally in that place.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by


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