When They Ask Hard Questions About Spiritual Things…

by Hal and Melanie Young | 10/1/2014 | 0 comments

What can we as parents do to help OUR faith become OUR BOYS’ faith? As my son goes into the age if double digits, (10 yrs old soon) I worry about him losing his faith. How do I help him look to God more and not less? These moms are right to be concerned. We read…
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September 18th, 2014

Launching Family Business Greenhouse

by Hal and Melanie Young | 0 comments

People often ask us how they can start a family business like we did. The problem is that they need to start a family business like only they can!

Family Business Greenhouse Pinnable








One day we were visiting with some dear friends and talking about the need to help families who want the freedom and flexibility both our families had as entrepreneurs. We decided what they need more than anything is mentorship. They needed someone to answer their questions, encourage them, give them some direction and help them to get off the starting line.

Family Business Greenhouse Logo on Transparency


We’ve spent the past several months brainstorming and now we’re ready to launch, Family Business Greenhouse! It’s a series of three five-week webinar courses to take you and/or your children from brainstorming to reality.

The PriddysOur friends, Philip and Carroll Sue Priddy, will be hosting it. They are successful entrepreneurs themselves and experienced instructors. In fact, Carroll Sue has been an adjunct professor teaching business and entrepreneurship at Montreat College for over 17 years! They are practical, funny, and approachable. You’re going to love them!

They’ll be teaching both parents and children how to plan and launch a business. Not buy into a franchise or a multi-level marketing group, but how to find the business God has uniquely equipped their family to do!

Tonight is the first session, but you can join any time! It’s completely recorded – audio, video, slides, and chat, so you don’t have to miss anything – and you can listen again as many times as you like! This would make a fantastic high school course credit, too!

We can’t wait to join in ourselves – see you there!

Find out more and register at the Family Business Greenhouse site by clicking here.

Your friends,Hal and Melanie SugarLoaf Web (c)2009

Hal & Melanie

September 15th, 2014

Courtship: Should There Be Only One Suitor?

by Hal and Melanie Young | 7 comments

We were very surprised to find that many parents who are teaching courtship to their children are expecting (and telling their children!) that there will only be one suitor in their future. We see some real problems with this.

Courtship One Suitor

Imagine this: Marc has a female friend he’s known for years. Recently, he’s begun to realize what a good wife she would make and how much he enjoys her friendship. He talks to his parents who agree this looks like a wise course, then he calls her dad and makes an appointment to talk to him. He tells her father how much he appreciates his friend and how he’d like an opportunity to try to win her heart.

“Son, I have the highest respect for you,” the dad replies. “You’re a good man and would make a great husband, but last night, Brent asked me for permission to court my daughter. Now, I don’t want her to be hurt or have any confusion, so I don’t want you to tell her about your interest. I’m sorry.” Continue reading »

September 13th, 2014

Teaching Diligence to Boys

by Hal and Melanie Young | 2 comments

Hal often says that boys seem especially tempted by anger, lust, and laziness. And if you think about it, it makes sense–those sins are connected to some of the most important roles men have as protectors, husbands, and providers.

So, how can you overcome their natural laziness? How can you help your son become diligent? Sometimes it seems impossible! Been there, folks. It’s not impossible, though. It just takes awhile. Here are some of the things we’ve done that have helped.

RRM Getting Boys to be Diligent

Make it about the mission. Boys often don’t care whether their surroundings are clean or not, so the motivation has to go beyond that. Explain to him how his contribution is helping the family, like this, “Hey son, thanks for rotating the dishwasher. When you handle things like that, it frees me to do other things. I was just on the phone helping a new homeschooling mom. You know, that was partly your ministry, too. You made me able to do it.” Continue reading »

September 4th, 2014

Courtship: Honoring Your Parents

by Hal and Melanie Young | 0 comments

We’ve said some critical things about the way the courtship model is sometimes carried out, but one really good thing that has come out of it is the recognition that courtship and marriage involves more than two people, it involves two families.

Courtship Honoring Your Parents

We’re always amused when we hear someone say, “I’m marrying her, not her family,” because in our experience, it’s just not true. When you marry someone, their family becomes part of your family, so it pays to start off on the right foot. Continue reading »

August 18th, 2014

Courtship: It’s Just Coffee

by Hal and Melanie Young | 30 comments

“Hey, I’ve got some unexpected time free. Want to meet for coffee?” an adult young man texts an adult female friend.

“I’m not comfortable meeting guys like that. You need to talk to my father,” is the reply.

These two are on a different wavelength. Let’s peek into their heads for a moment. (No, we can’t read their thoughts, but this is what we’ve heard lots of them say privately…

Courtship Its Just Coffee

Guy: Hmmmmm. Got an extra hour here. No way to get any work done.  Hey, this isn’t far from Charity’s house. Maybe she’d like to meet for coffee or something. She seems like a nice girl, but I really don’t know her. It’d be nice to chat for a bit, see what she’s interested in. She could be a good friend, maybe even someone I can court, but it’s way too early to think about that. “Hey, I’ve got some unexpected time free. Want to meet for coffee?”
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August 15th, 2014

A Thirst for Adventure

by Hal and Melanie Young | 0 comments

Boys have a love for adventure. The trick is to teach them to take reasonable risks. We want them to be bold and adventurous – without breaking both legs jumping off the roof! There’s a whole chapter about that in Raising Real Men.

Mark Twain What Boys Are Like Treasure Hunting

August 8th, 2014

Helping Boys Love to Read

by Hal and Melanie Young | 8 comments

“How do I get my son to read???” is a common question when we speak about homeschooling boys. Here’s what we’ve done:

Helping Boys Love Reading

Be patient when you are teaching them to read. Earlier is not better when it comes to boys. The average boy five years old has the same developmental reading readiness as a girl of three and a half. Many boys who struggle because they just aren’t developmentally ready to read yet decide that they just aren’t any good at school. That’s sad because it’s not true. Continue reading »

August 4th, 2014

Wish Us a Happy Birthday – and Get $200 in Gifts Yourself!

by Hal and Melanie Young | 5 comments

Fifth Anniversary Pinnable New

Help Us Celebrate Five Years!

Five years ago, our family set out on a new ministry and a new adventure – helping you 

make Biblical family life practical 

with useful, encouraging, real-world resources

to bring Scriptural principles to the 21st century family

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Continue reading »

August 1st, 2014

Covenant Eyes: There When You’re Not

by Hal and Melanie Young | 8 comments

“I don’t know what to do, we hadn’t even talked to him about sexuality yet, he’s so young. I just found out he’s been watching pornography, though. What do I do?”

We’ve heard this from several moms – just this week! And the ages would break your heart. Seven, eight, and nine year olds being exposed to things no one should ever see.

The first thing we told them is that you need to get some kind of accountability on every single internet device in your home.

Covenant Eyes Review

I gave that advice to a mom at a conference recently and she said, “I don’t need that stuff. We keep the computer in the kitchen.” I wondered if that was really the only internet available in her house. No smartphones? No work laptop? No Kindles or iPods or tablets? And even if not, does she sleep in the kitchen?

It’s a serious question. One mom this week told us her little boy, eight or nine, I think, was getting up in the middle of the night to look at porn on her iPad. Having the computer in a public area is no protection at night. Continue reading »

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