Raising boys to be good men is not a task for the weak. Fortunately, there is great information to help – including a new book: Knights in Training by Heather Haupt. As the mother of three boys myself, this book grabbed my attention right away. I absolutely love how Heather incorporates a spirit of adventure into her ideas – it’s right up our alley and goes along with both my parenting and even our homeschooling philosophies.
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Chivalry is an entire code of conduct – a way of living.
Raising Boys to be Good Men
As the mother of boys, Heather Haupt was inspired to write this book out of a desire to raise good men. Developing strong character in her three sons, such as honor, courage, and compassion – was a driving force behind the ideas she presents.
Right away, I loved that she agrees with the philosophy which I often speak about at homeschool conventions; mainly that by captivating imaginations and appealing to their love of adventure – you can shape the hearts, minds, and education of your children. Immediately, I realized we were on the same page.
Bringing chivalry back into our modern-day world, this book shows us how to inspire today’s generation of young boys to pursue honor, courage, and compassion.
I found her ideas to be a great guide for parents regarding the importance of everything from weapon play to honor, even when we disagree. Sometimes the small things (like potty talk) can make a big difference in the lives of our boys. Teaching them when such silliness is appropriate, and when it is not, can hugely impact their behavior as well as how they are viewed by others.
In our home of three boys, let me just tell you . . . foolishness can be an issue. My husband is a funny guy, and is super goofy with the boys. There is a LOT of testosterone in our home. Teaching boys that the table is not the time for foolishness can help them learn to act appropriately in a variety of situations. Boys will indeed, be boys, but with guidance and encouragement – raising boys to be good men is very possible.
Using their passions to inspire and embracing adventure while giving them proper role models is a critical part of boy raising. If you read my blog or have heard me speak – you know that we love a good adventure, outdoors, and animals. Teaching our boys to respect the creatures we come across has played a large role in our life.
They are physical, rough and tumble, fishing, hunting, intelligent young men. AND it does my heart good to see the gentleness they exhibit when rescuing a newborn rabbit or placing a baby bird back in its nest.
Raising Boys to be Good Men
Knights in Training is all about teaching boys that their boyish nature, combined with a compassionate heart and a strong faith in God – can help them become all that they are capable of being. The ten principles in the book will help you to better understand and embrace the nature of boys. We need real men who are strong and courageous, who love God and put their family first. Our country, our world needs men to lead. Of course, I’m not saying we don’t need strong female leaders – but this book is about raising boys. It’s full of truth and information about teaching boys to be independent, respectful, hard-working, responsible, and strong. The result are men who aren’t intimidated by strong women, nor do they abandon their God-given responsibilities towards others. These are real men.
Respect and Honor
There are practical ideas throughout the book about how things like table manners can make a difference. There’s a reason our parents instilled these things in us after all! Character training is so important for our children. It takes intentional parenting to raise kids who are ready, willing, and able to live the life God has for them.
Truthfully, respect and honor still exist in this world and it IS possible to instill that character in our boys. Even though the general principles presented are things I already believe – I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. Heather offers a fresh, common sense approach to parenting. Her writing helped me to better understand why I feel the way I do about raising boys. For me, it’s a great reminder of why some of the (seemingly small) things matter. The book reminded me to stay the course, even as my boys are getting older.
“Respect each other”
“Treat your brother as your friend”
I frequently find myself using the above comments as we work at raising boys to be good men. Even though this parenting gig isn’t easy, I’m thrilled to tell you – these godly principles work! It pays off as you catch a glimpse of the good men they are becoming. We aren’t finished with our parenting adventure, but we’re far enough along that I get previews of our future knights. It’s an exciting time during this “pre-manhood” stage and I’m thrilled they are all becoming people we can truly enjoy.
If you’re raising boys, I believe you’ll love this new book, just as I do. It’s heart-warming, practical, and full of truth.
Heather Haupt – The Author
Heather writes and speaks to equip families to live cultivated lives. She encourages people to embrace a life of purpose and adventure like no other. Learn more about her wonderful new book Knights in Training at HeatherHaupt.com. Grab a copy on SALE Here for a limited time, and discover practical ideas for raising boys to be good men.
Are you also parenting boys? So tell me, what has been your biggest challenge or fear in raising boys to be good men?