Raising Sons

Hard though it may be to believe, all great men started out as boys. Boys will be boys, the saying goes, and all of us know what that means. Most boys are by nature messy, loud, adventurous, and in short, accidents waiting to happen. Boys can be assertive at the wrong time, often forget their manners at just the "right" time, and give their parents no small amount of anxiety as they grow. But boys are like an explosive: set them off haphazardly and you've got a big problem; if you direct and focus the blast you can move mountains.

Boys need to be directed and guided. Our modern culture instead drugs them into stupefied compliance. ADHD is often just another name for "boy." Boys don't need sedatives, they need discipline. Boys must be welcomed as boys; boys must be honored for their identity as boys. Boys are not girls and they should not be made to act like girls. Boys are supposed to be dragon slayers, not dragons, and certainly not damsels in distress!

Boys must not be allowed to grow up wild and undisciplined. Boys, like the men they will one day become, cannot live without a challenge. That challenge must come from fathers and other godly men. Mature and godly men must set the bar and that bar ought to be set high. Our boys are a risk worth taking; their education and discipline is a war worth waging. Raising boys is dangerous, it is true. But the risk is nothing compared with the glorious outcome. Disciplined boyhood will yield courageous and virtuous manhood and God knows, we need so much more of that today!

Perhaps few of us can point to great male role models to point our boys toward. The pernicious anti-boy culture that surrounds us makes it hard to find mature men worth emulating. But they are there. And even if they're not, we can grow them from scratch if we try. If your boys have godly and strong fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and other men doing their part, then rejoice. If not, there is help. We offer resources to fire the imagination of young boys and to help parents to direct that fire in the right way.

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Boyhood and Beyond
by Bob Schultz
from Great Expectations Book Co.
for 9th-Adult
Created for Work
by Bob Schultz
from Great Expectations Book Co.
for 4th-12th grade
Dangerous Book for Boys
by Conn & Hal Iggulden
from William Morrow & Company
for 3rd-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: I-DAN)
$16.99
Do Hard Things
by Alex & Brett Harris
from Multnomah Books
for 7th-12th grade
in Growing Up Christian (Location: J6A-DOC)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Do Hard Things
by Alex & Brett Harris
from Multnomah Books
for 7th-12th grade
in Growing Up Christian (Location: J6A-DOC)
$10.49
Everyday Battles
by Bob Schultz
from Boulder Creek Books
for 10th-Adult
For Instruction in Righteousness
by Pam Forster
3rd edition from Doorposts
in Doorposts Materials (Location: I-CHA)
$22.00
For This Is Right
by Pam Forster
from Doorposts
for 7th-10th grade
in Doorposts Materials (Location: I-CHA)
$18.00 $12.00 (1 in stock)
Future Men
by Doug Wilson
2nd edition from Canon Press
for 10th-Adult
Geek Dad
by Ken Denmead
from Gotham Books
for Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: I-DAN)
$18.00
Hold Fast in a Broken World
by Doug Bond
from P&R Publishing
for 8th-12th grade
Honor Your Father and Mother
by Pam Forster
from Doorposts
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Doorposts Materials (Location: I-CHA)
$12.00
Man In Demand - Teacher Manual
by Wayne & Emily Hunter
from Harvest House
for 7th-10th grade
in Character Building (Location: I-CHA)
$12.00
Plants Grown Up
by Pam Forster
2nd edition from Doorposts
for 1st-12th grade
in Doorposts Materials (Location: I-CHA)
$48.00
Plants Grown Up & Polished Cornerstones - CD-ROM
from Doorposts
for Nursury-12th grade
in Doorposts Materials (Location: I-CHA)
$15.00
Plants Grown Up Memory Verses
from Doorposts
for Nursery-4th grade
in Doorposts Materials (Location: I-CHA)
$7.00
Raising Real Men
by Hal & Melanie Young
from Great Waters Press
Stand Fast in the Way of Truth
by Doug Bond
from P&R Publishing
for 8th-12th grade
Thoughts for Young Men
by J. C. Ryle
from Vision Forum
for 7th-12th grade
What He Must Be
by Voddie Baucham
from Crossway Books
for parents