The Mother Flipping Awesome Podcast
Season 3, Episode 7:
Teaching Our Kids Through Dares
On this episode, Abigail interviews...
Ted Bunch and Anna Marie Johnson Teague
Ted and Anna Marie are friends, parents, and anti-violence educators. They work for A Call to Men, a violence-prevention organization that is a respected leader on issues of manhood. The organization has 20+ years of experience working with and training men and boys, including the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Hockey League, the United States military, the Department of Justice, the United Nations, corporations, organizations, and educational institutions across the United States and abroad. And now they are here with us today!
This week I am speaking with Ted Bunch and Anna Marie Johnson Teague about their new manual for young boys called The Book of Dares: 100 WAYS FOR BOYS TO BE KIND, BOLD, AND BRAVE. We discuss how they are using the playful idea of "dares" to help boys expand their worldview, develop deep respect toward girls and non-binary kids, and generally hold a healthier idea of manhood.
2.00 Introduction to Ted Bunch and Anna Marie Johnson Teague and the "Book of Dares."
3:30 Dares culture, and how it speaks to boys.
4:45 Bringing social gender issues to the forefront via playful dares that get them thinking.
6:00 Daring kids to see the messages behind song lyrics and advertisements.
7:50 Is there such a thing as a "man box"? A discussion on how we can lean into gender differences but also gender appreciation.
12:00 A story about a dare helping a group of boys stay open to another chid's uniqueness.