Raising Real Men

Hal and Melanie Young—authors of the Christian Small Publishers Association’s 2011 book of the year, Raising Real Men—are parents of six real boys and two real girls. Hal and Melanie have served on the board of directors for North Carolinians for Home Education for more than 14 years, including Hal’s three terms as president. They have published articles with Homeschooling Today, Homeschool DigestTEACH MagazineHomeschool Enrichment, Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and others. Hal and Melanie have made more than 50 media appearances in venues as wide-ranging as the Bob Dutko Show and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. They are sought-after conference speakers who draw standing-room-only crowds with their mix of entertaining cross-banter and practical, powerful, scriptural principles. The Youngs live in noisy familial bliss in North Carolina.

Workshops

Raising Real Men
In spite of what the culture is telling us, boys and girls are different. Have you ever had a war break out in the middle of a play date, or had a single math lesson take three hours? If so, you’re probably raising boys! As the world seems intent on gender-bending and forcing our sons into a feminized mold, Hal and Melanie, parents of six boys, explain the biblical way out—and a better way to turn wild little dirt-lovers into strong Christian men!

Homeschool from the Beginning
When do you get started and what do you do first? We’ve had precocious readers and late bloomers, but every one of them has benefited from being homeschooled from the beginning. Learn to relax and introduce your little ones to the joy of learning in a gentle and realistic way that will prepare them to succeed academically.

How to Be Happily Married While Homeschooling
Everyone says homeschooling is a lifestyle, not just an educational choice. If so, then why are we surprised when it affects our marriage? Find out how wives can have something left for their husbands at the end of the day, and husbands can understand the burdens their wives face. Let’s make sure homeschooling makes our marriages stronger.

Sanity’s in the Freezer
Learn how to have real meals again! Don’t worry if you have tried once-a-month cooking and didn’t like the mess. Melanie didn’t like it either! Find out how to feed your family well on less money and how to serve great dinners with minimal time in the kitchen. This is a real favorite of attendees!

Homeschooling Is Not Enough
Because none of it will matter if they don’t follow Christ. Many homeschoolers hope and pray that because they’ve homeschooled, their children will turn out alright, but unfortunately, we are seeing a number of homeschooled children turning away from God in rebellion. We can’t make our children serve Christ, but we can make sure we aren’t standing in the way! Find out about the power of delighting in your children and loving them as Christ loves us. Hear how to point them to the Savior and teach them to serve Him!