Building Boys with Jennifer Fink: The Home Hour Episode 20

raising boys, Jennifer Fink

Are boys and girls different?

As a mom of four boys and one girl, I know I don’t exactly have a balanced sample to work with. But in my limited experience, yes – or at the very least, parenting boys and girls is very different indeed. We could argue about whether that’s due to biological or societal/cultural reasons, but the end result is the same.

Jennifer Fink of is also a mom of four and an award-winning journalist who is devoted to making schools, homes, and the world in general a friendlier place for boys to live, learn, play and grow. In our discussion we talked about everything from how current education trends can fail boys, to why and how boys and girls develop at different rates physically, mentally and emotionally, to how parents can create more boy-friendly homes.

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Some things Jennifer and I discussed in this episode:

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I’d love to hear what you thought about our conversation. In your opinion, do we live in a boy-friendly world? What are you doing to help your boys succeed?


  1. Thank you SO much for this website! I am also raising boys (two), ages 17 and 10, and need all the help I can get. Your website is very informative. I will look more at your website and learn, because boys are very different from girls. I have one daughter and two sons. Once again, thank you!

    Loves n Hugs,


  2. Loved listening to the conversation on boys. I have grown sons myself (20, 25 and 30), and it sure brought back a lot of memories and insights that I couldn’t verbalize while I was in the “thick of it”. All 3 were(are) very different to raise, the last 16 years by myself too but with a great support system. You sure covered a lot of ground and I got the best relief and validation when you talked about screen time both with video games and computers. My sentiments exactly! So glad to know I’m not alone. One of my biggest blessings is when my middle son got married last year and finally gave me “my girl” who I happily adore. I’m looking forward to your show changes although I think you already have a winner!

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