A Father’s Protection

That's My Teenage Son

There is an old legend regarding the Cherokee Indian youth’s Rite of Passage. When a boy is ready to become a man, the father takes his son into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a tree stump the entire night and not remove the blindfold until the [Read More...]

Expectations Make the Man

Oftentimes the expectations we have for our children have a tendency to come to fruition.  With that in mind it is important we have high expectations for our boys.  We should strive to have them aspire to greatness.  Why not exhort them to aspire to greatness?  The rule of thumb in the business world is [Read More...]

Perpetuating the Cycle

Fatherless boys tend to follow in the footsteps modeled for them, perpetuating fatherlessness onto future generations.  Here is a fairly simple illustration of just one way this manifests itself using very broad generalizations.  When boys are raised only by women they grow up learning the communication style of women.  They use more words, they speak [Read More...]

Why is National Bullying Prevention Month Important?

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Every month of the year is some kind of an “awareness month.” In fact, for any given month, multiple causes claim that month as a time to make people aware of a particular need, disease, condition, fact, etc. Unfortunately, because of the abundance of these dedicated times, very few actually are able to draw a [Read More...]

Can We Put an End to Bullying?

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Have you ever thought how much better the world would be if we could get rid of bullying? Don’t hold your breath; that’s not going to happen. Bullies aren’t going away. They never have, and they never will. October is Anti Bullying Awareness Month and I think that it’s a good thing. Too often, bullied [Read More...]

Daughters Are Like Muscle Cars

Roadrunner 2

My senior year in high school I bought my dream car; a metallic beer-bottle brown 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner.  It was 383 cubic inches of muscle car with chrome-plated side pipes, G-60 wide tires, and bench seats.  It rumbled when it idled.  As God as my witness–it rumbled!  The kind of deep rumble you don’t feel [Read More...]

10 TIPS FOR DADS

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Since we focused on moms last week, here are some tips for dads this week: • YOU are the biggest influence in your son’s life—you are almost indispensable. • Fathers have been endowed with a huge generational power/influence to impact people’s lives for good or evil (sometimes for hundreds of years) just by the things [Read More...]

Why Teach Boys to Work?

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“Work ethic” is defined as the principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward.  It is a belief in the moral value, benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character. Someone with a good work ethic is assumed to believe there is merit in doing hard work, having [Read More...]


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