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We hope that you had a great Christmas break and were able to spend some quality time with your boys. This month we are focusing on being a Moral Motivator. In this month’s calendar, you will have an opportunity to challenge your boys to “be” an example. I hope that you will use this virtue challenge calendar as a way to be strategic and intentional in your family discussions this month.

January 2017 Calendar

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December Virtue Challenge Calendar

Parents, please use this Virtue Challenge calendar to be intentional with your son and challenge him in December.

December Calendar


Flight Plan Series

PlaneThe Flight Plan Series offers boys and young men a definition and vision of manhood that can help them to make wise choices during their teenage years and beyond. It frankly and authentically discusses a number of issues they will face, including friendships and peer pressure, drinking and drugs, girls and dating, puberty and sex, and school and family relationships.

The 7 Virtues of Manhood:
Preparing for Takeoff

Seven Virtues of Manhood

People have defined manhood countless ways. But when we look to the Bible, we can see these seven virtues of real manhood. A guide to help boys grow to know who God is, what he has done for them, and how to respond with their lives.

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Flight Plan: Your Mission to Become a Man

Flight Plan

What does it mean to be a man? This is a big question, and every boy has to answer it as he makes decisions that shape the man he is growing into. But most boys have a tough time answering that question.

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The definition of manhood we teach our boys:
A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventurous life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.

This definition of manhood, along with seven Biblically-based virtues shown below, serves as the foundation for giving boys a vision of manhood and for how they should approach a host of teenage challenges.

“Anyone who has the privilege of working with young men will find this immeasurably helpful to develop the hearts, minds, and souls of young men.”
Joe Ehrmann, Former NFL Player, Co-Founder Building Men and Women for Others


“As a therapist, every day I sit with boys and young men who are lost, hungry for relationship, and struggling. Young males in our culture are desperate for information, attention, and understanding. I wouldn’t suggest you get a copy of this book and read it with a boy you love, I would strongly recommend you do so.”
David Thomas Director Of Counseling For Men And Boys, Daystar Counseling; Author Of Wild Things: The Art Of Nurturing Boys


Building Boys, Making Men

Flight Plan is a key component of our Building Boys, Making Men character education program.

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This month we are focusing on being a Humble Hero. We hope that you will use the calendar and virtue challenge as a spring board for family devotionals and discussions.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Are You a Fantasy Football Parent?

We are in the middle of football season and for many people Fantasy Football is an integral part of their sports life. Leagues are formed, drafts are held, and trash talk ensues. Games are watched intensely each and every week.

Many people watch certain teams or games only to see if their players are going to score fantasy points so their teams can win.

Interestingly enough, I think we have transferred the motives of Fantasy Football to parenting. I think we have become a generation of fantasy parents.

One of the key ingredients to being a strategic and intentional dad is teaching our boys to apply biblical truth to everyday life. I have often found that life as a follower of Jesus often gets fuzzier the closer it gets to real life. As fathers, we must understand that we must fulfill three primary roles in the discipleship of our boys.

Fathers are called to show their sons what it means to be responsible.

Responsibility shows that your son is growing up, maturing, and can handle bigger things. Doing dishes, mowing the yard, watching and playing with younger siblings and other acts of service are things that can yield more than allowance.

Are you willing to let your kid hang?

Sky hanging.

Ever heard of it? I hadn’t either until I read an article and saw this picture (courtesy of Mustang Wanted).

Apparently, a Ukranian daredevil has decided to get his picture taken from high places while he dangles from his hands and feet. I must admit that looking at the pictures freaks me out. I can’t even imagine the phone call from one of my kids telling me they are going to do anything remotely close to this.

The more I looked at the pictures and the more I thought about the craziness of this stunt, the more I began to think about how much control I actually try and place over my children.

One of the key messages that I try to convey to dads is the idea of parenting with the end in mind. We must have a strategic plan for what we want our sons to know and be when they leave us for that next season of life at eighteen.

We must think and parent with college in mind. The best thing you can do as a father is take a day and walk around a college campus. This will give you a great perspective on what’s ahead for your son.

Thinking about college reminds me of a great story I heard from a parent about their son’s first few weeks at school. This particular young man was ready to go. He registered for classes and moved into his new home in the dorm. This young man was working his way through college and was on a strict budget. All he could afford for his meals were cheese and crackers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Beatitudes & Raising Boys

The word beatitude is translated, “blessed are.” The word means “happy.”

The idea is not that we are simply happy in the sense that we are happy after a good meal or after we have laughed at a funny joke. It refers to a deeper happiness, a happiness that comes from peace with God.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenges his listeners and us as well. As you read the Beatitudes, you might be thinking that this is an odd list of traits.

The Faithful Follower

Is Loved by God

● Gives up control of his life to Christ
● Lives his life faithfully in response to the gospel
● Saved by grace
● Leads a joyful life
● Lives with God’s promises in mind
● Is completely committed
● Studies God’s Word


We Know Boys

Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving 500 boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade.

With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

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