A Question About Fifty Shades of Grey

Friday, February 13th, 2015

This morning a friend asked, “Do you think I should watch Fifty Shades of Grey with my teen and talk about it?”  We’re not as strict on media as some are. We think there’s some value in watching things you don’t agree with and analyzing and discussing them with your teens. Sometimes, though, there’s more…
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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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Bring Back Work Week: The Pleasure of Accomplishment

Friday, September 7th, 2012

A few weeks ago, our son Matt came in and said, “Mom, you know it makes a guy feel good to take responsibility – to meet a need, to do something that matters. I had no idea how much fun it could be to be the one to take care of something.” I think there…
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Got a Son Who’s 9 to 12 Years Old?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

When our children were all little and Melanie was feeling overwhelmed, most people responded, “You just wait ’til they’re teenagers! You think it’s hard now?” Well, thank you, that’s very encouraging. Does it have to be that way? Does life with a teen have to be more difficult than life with an untrained toddler with…
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Hal & Melanie at the Schoolhouse Expo Talking to Teens & Their Families

Friday, August 20th, 2010

UPDATE: Congratulations to Mandy Gillespie who won volumes 1 and 2 of our new Hero Tales series and apheartsong who won a free ticket to the Schoolhouse Expo! Psychologists Joseph and Claudia Allen say that low expectations have undermined the transition from childhood to adulthood, and twenty-somethings are still trying to figure out what their…
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News You Knew:
Boys Eat A Lot

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Another scientific study to prove what you already knew:  As the lead researcher observed, “They really can eat.” Reuters reports on a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found boys 8-10, offered a buffet lunch, ate 44% more than girls at the same stage of development.  While girls’ appetites caught up…
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