One year I went to a homeschooling convention desperate to know how I could connect with my son better and wondering how to teach him and be the mom he needed me to be. We were really struggling. I was stressed out, exhausted and overwhelmed knowing I had three other boys behind him! When I saw that Hal and Melanie Young (parents of eight children, six of whom were boys) were teaching a series of classes all about boys, I thought I'd try one out for the first class of the day.
I ended up staying in their classroom all. day. long.
At the end of the series I felt hopeful, empowered, and was a big fan of boys. (I still am! ;) This fantastic couple has it DOWN when it comes to raising independent, confident, well-educated, God loving men. At the end of the day, I went to their booth in the curriculum hall and immediately bought their book, Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys and fell in love with it. These are my kind of people, and they are the parents I wish I could be--but I am getting there with their help!
I always recommend Raising Real Men to parents whenever the topic of boys comes up. It is written from the perspective of a homeschooling Christian family, and though I don't know if this is your lifestyle or not, I do guarantee that is chock full of practical family life and parenting advice. This is where I was first introduced to Coming of Age celebrations (more on that later), and is how I started on my journey to understanding boys-though admittedly I am still trying to implement what I have learned.
But Hal and Melanie are more than just experts on boys who wrote one book. Their website www.raisingrealmen.com and facebook page are fantastic resources on all things boy. They have written several other books, provide toys and gear that your boys will adore, recorded Hero Tales audiobooks that are great for kids to listen to, and have other great helps like their bootcamps where you can get additional training.
I am so glad that I went to that first class at the convention. The Youngs have changed the way I understand my boys and how I related to them. I highly encourage you to take a look at what they have to offer you as well.
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