Nicole Runyon

Addressing the Crisis Facing Our Boys: A Call to Action for Parents

As a psychotherapist and parent coach, I am deeply troubled by the crisis facing our boys today. The statistics speak volumes: a significant decline in the number of men enrolling in college compared to women, skyrocketing rates of mental health issues, substance abuse, and tragically, a much higher rate of suicide among boys compared to girls. It’s time for us to acknowledge the magnitude of this problem and take action.

From an early age, boys struggle. They lack purpose and meaning in their lives, leading to feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety. They are often overdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD, labeled as “trouble,” and internalize shame for not fitting into the traditional academic mold. This cycle perpetuates as they grow older, resulting in a rough exterior to protect their vulnerable egos and strained relationships.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. As parents, we have the power to make a difference in our boys’ lives. It starts with recognizing and addressing their emotional needs. We must teach our boys to be strong in their feelings, to acknowledge and express their pain, and to seek help when they need it.

One crucial step parents can take is to empower their sons to advocate for themselves, especially in school settings. Encouraging them to communicate with their teachers about their struggles and work together to find solutions can make a world of difference. Giving our boys agency and confidence boosts their self-esteem and helps them navigate challenges more effectively.

I recently worked with a mother whose second-grade son was struggling in school. By empowering him to advocate for himself and communicate with his teacher, he gained newfound confidence and was able to focus better in class. This story highlights the importance of giving our boys a voice and supporting them in finding solutions to their challenges.

The crisis facing our boys requires urgent attention and action from parents, educators, and society as a whole. We can work together to create a supportive environment where our boys can thrive emotionally, academically, and socially. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our boys and ensure they grow into strong, confident men who are equipped to face life’s challenges head-on.

Meet Nicole Runyon

Nicole Runyon is a psychotherapist, parent coach and keynote speaker. Picture this: a woman 5”0 tall in stature, she is small but mighty. 

What’s truly remarkable? She left her private practice working with children to speak to and write for parents who need help with their iGeneration children. Renowned for bold messages, Nicole is more than your average psychotherapist, she is a revolutionary. 

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