The Understanding Boys


Conversations about what makes a good man and more

Megan De Beyer

UB Podcast

S1: Megan De Beyer

Megan De Beyer is a psychologist, parenting expert and mindfulness coach. Based in Cape Town, Megan travels the globe promoting positive parenting through her parent workshops, in which she guides mothers and helps them to navigate the challenging teenage years.  Megan’s mission is to educate parents in order to foster connected, meaningful relationships with their children.  Her strategies and tips are designed to empower parents through better understanding with the aim of developing boys into strong and caring men.  

01:06 – Introduction
02:15 – Releasing her new book
03:08 – Cape Town drought, Greta Thunberg
05:10 – Her current work and changes she’s seen
08:52 – South African culture surrounding boys
14:01 – Family systems
15:51 – Strong Mothers, Strong Sons
26:51 – The changing roles of mothers
33:09 – Mothers impact on emotional literacy
37:38 – Talking to sons about pornography
41:46 – What makes a good man
45:19 – What story she would share with a boy



The Boys Crisis, by Warren Farrell & John Gray

Season 1

8 episodes
Episode 8

Megan De Beyer

International parenting expert Megan De Beyer gives her tips on how to navigate the challenging teenage years and foster connected, meaningful relationships between parents and sons.

48 minutes
Episode 1

Tim Costello

Reverend Tim Costello speaks with Dr Ray Swann about faith and the importance of modelling empathy in the shaping of good men.

33 minutes
Episode 2

Lisa McCune

Lisa McCune, one of Australia’s most successful screen and theatre actors, shares her experiences on mentorship, motherhood and modern manhood.

40 minutes
Episode 3

James Kerr

James Kerr, author of Legacy, discusses how he uses the power of storytelling to reach out to young men and encourage them to have a good understanding of self and authenticity.

31 minutes
Episode 4

Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph AM is an Australian author, activist and psychologist who has written a number of influential bestselling books; and lectures worldwide on parenting, and boys’ education.

28 minutes
Episode 5

Simon Rice

Leading mental health researcher, Dr Simon Rice outlines a collaborative research project with BGS around positive masculinity to improve outcomes for boys’ mental health.

34 minutes
Episode 6

Liz Dawes

Liz Dawes speaks earnestly on helping children deal with loss. She shares her son’s own battle with brain cancer and her continued determination to raise awareness and funds for a disease which kills more young people than any other form of cancer.

29 minutes
Episode 7

Jeff Kennett

Jeff Kennett AC, founding Chairman of beyondblue, speaks on what it takes to be a good man today and shares his aspirations to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community.

21 minutes