A Thirst for Adventure

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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.

Spring Fever

Friday, April 11th, 2014

A mom approached us at a conference, “I just can’t get my son to concentrate!” she said. We asked her to explain. “Well, he does pretty well until about half-way through the morning, then he just loses focus! I tell him, ‘Look, we only have three more subjects! Buckle down and concentrate and we’ll be…
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Four Famous Failures (That Should Change the Way We Parent)

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Q. A mom came up to us at a conference where we’d been speaking about entrepreneurship, “My teenage son is constantly coming up with business ideas, but I’m afraid to let him try. What if he fails?” We are not doing our boys a service to protect them from ever failing. When we do that,…
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Boy Secrets: Laundry

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Do you have any great laundry tips for raising boys? If you have boys, you’ll need to remove bloodstains, grass stains and neon stains you can’t imagine the source of!

Is Destruction in Their Wake Normal?

Friday, December 21st, 2012

A reader asked: As a mother of 4 young boys, (oldest is 10), we have a lot of furniture, walls, toys, etc destroyed in their wake. Is this normal for boys??? I feel like I can’t have anything nice around. Dear Friend, I feel your pain! The frustrating part about raising girls is that they…
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What Happens When the Chef is Eleven Years Old…

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

That sounds like the start to a funny, or maybe even disgusting story, doesn’t it? And we’ve seen a few of those, too. I don’t think anyone will ever forget the Skittles in the rollups for lunch. They were, uh, memorable. Last night, though, was memorable in another way… “Mom, can I make quiche for…
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Stereotypes or Created Types?

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

I was intrigued when our son sent me a link to a graphic illustration of the most commonly used words in toy advertisements for boys and girls. Scanning over the words, I see something very different than the original researcher did… The words used in advertising toys for boys are things like battle, power, heroes,…
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Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Hey guys, some of you may be familiar with Jeff & Kate Estes of Hands and Hearts history kits and their awesome blog but we didn’t meet them until last year when they reached out to help us deal with the financial aftermath of our little Katie’s heart problem. Their love and good counsel was…
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Five Kernels of Corn

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Thanksgiving at our house finds us gathered around the table with five kernels of corn alone on each plate. A child rises and reads the poem, Five Kernels of Corn. We pray and thank the Lord for his bountiful provision for us. As we pile into the feast, the topic of conversation is the blessings…
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