Whatever Happened to Hank Hill Masculinity? Part 1

Hank Hill

While most TV sit-coms make fun of men or make them look like bumbling idiots (i.e. – The Simpsons, Family Guy, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, etc.), the long running animated television show King of the Hill was slightly different. The show revolved around Hank Hill, a middle-class, red-necked, middle-aged white guy [Read More...]

Boundaries Make Boys into Men

This past season, several high-profile college head football and basketball coaches have been vilified and lost their jobs due to the perception that they harshly enforced disciplinary methods upon a player or players in their program. I’m not defending these coaches’ methods as I do not know the situation, but here’s what I do know. [Read More...]

Sex Education—Why Parents are the Best Teachers

That's My Teenage Son

With all the negative outcomes regarding promiscuous sexuality, it is especially important that our pre-teens and teenagers be properly educated about the dangers involved. But it’s difficult talking to your kids about sex. That’s why many parents today leave the sexual education of their children to the schools. Because it’s difficult (and it is difficult [Read More...]

Symbols of Glory–Why They Matter

Rifle

All men have a yearning for greatness, for significance. We want to know we came from a noble heritage or lineage. My great-grandfather, Olaf Landsverk, immigrated to this country from Norway in 1916 as a teenager. Because we come from a Scandinavian bloodline, my son likes to think he is descended from Vikings. He likes [Read More...]

Pornography—Trapping Boys for a Lifetime

That's My Teenage Son

Porn is part of your son’s everyday life. He sees it every day on television, in movies, and on computers. The pornography industry is working hard to catch your son’s attention and addict him early in life to their product. The porn industry is a $57-billion-a-year rapidly growing industry. They generate more money than CBS, [Read More...]

Why Boys Need Honor

Power Man

Perhaps no character trait embodies healthy masculinity more than that of honor.  Honor is the soul of masculinity.  It is a code that a man lives by that lifts him above mere mediocrity and survival.  It allows him to use the incredible power that God has endowed him with to lift the lives of others [Read More...]

The Heart of Masculinity

All boys want to know how a man is supposed to act.  Our model of that role is what teaches our sons what it means to be a man.  But for those of us who were not blessed to be raised by a good role model, what does this look like?  Below are some thoughts [Read More...]

Inspiring a Vision in Boys

My good friend, Tony Rorie, is the founder of a program called Men of Honor in Dallas, Texas. Men of Honor exists to make passionate followers of Christ by mentoring and training next generation leaders ages eleven to seventeen in the principles of chivalry, honor, integrity, moral excellence, and courageous leadership. They use a three-pronged [Read More...]

Teens – Is It Better to Get a Job, or be Involved in Healthy After School Activities?

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One of the major conflicts I hear from parents of teenagers is whether to allow their children to experience positive extracurricular activities in school or to make them get a part-time job and go to work. We experienced the same dilemma with our children. We chose to allow our son to be in band, play [Read More...]

How Hunting Teaches Boys Compassion

That's My Teenage Son

Surprisingly, one activity that is very healthy in the emotional development of boys is hunting. Societal wisdom might suggest that killing an animal (hunting) breeds violence and cruelty in males. But research suggests just the opposite is true. Hunting in fact actually develops respect and reverence for life and other universal virtues in males such [Read More...]