Hey Friends! This week we continue in our series — celebrating every stage of raising boys…FROM THE BABY YEARS…to ALL GROWN UP!
And today we get to talk about one of my very favorite stages of boyhood: THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS! 🎉 I just love these sweet, funny, awkward years so much. And, I’m so happy to have my new friend, Maggie John join me for this conversation.
One of my hopes for this series was to get to know moms from all different places, raising boys in a variety of school and life situations. Maggie definitely brings a cool perspective to the conversation as she is two-boy momma who also happens to be a television show host (what!?) in Canada! So fun!! Maggie’s boys go to a public, Catholic school, and Maggie and I get real about the joys of these middle school boys (they’re funny! — and getting so smart, too!) as well as the challenges (cell phones, bad influences…) I hope you feel like you’re hanging out with us for this conversation!
(Maggie is the former host on the longest-running Canadian daily talk show 100 Huntley Street)
One of my most-read posts: What a Middle School Boy Needs Most from his Parents
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*We’ve got a chimichurra flank steak with quinoa and roasted carrots on the menu this week…my boys are not complaining!
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More about Maggie:
Maggie John has been a national producer, field reporter, and TV host for more than 15 years. She covers a vast array of local, national and international stories – reporting on some of the biggest news events of our day – from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010 – to the historic story of Uganda recovering from years of war.
As former host on the longest-running Canadian daily talk show, 100 Huntley Street, Maggie interviewed a wide variety of guests – people from all walks of life like those making a difference in their communities, authors, victims of crime, actors, filmmakers, directors, thought leaders, politicians, and musicians.
Maggie is most proud of the work she does with the charity she founded in 2013 called, The Baby Depot, which helps fight child poverty in the Hamilton area. She also serves as chair-person for The Meeting House Family of Churches, and is also a member of GEM’s Girls Club Board of Directors.
Maggie is the proud mother of Ethan and Joshua, and wife to her amazing husband Elton.
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My book, BOY MOM, was released in August of 2019 (Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers) and is full of practical advice and helpful resources for raising boys. It’s a great study for small groups!
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