Hal & Melanie Young

Featured Speakers

Hal and Melanie Young are the award-winning authors of Raising Real Men, No Longer Little, and Love, Honor, and Virtue. They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and popular conference speakers internationally, known for their Christ-centered focus and practical, real-life stories. They are also the creators of the popular Craftsman Crate subscription box. They are the parents of six real boys (all grown!) and two real girls, and they live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina.


Special Needs Conference

Thursday Noon – 1 p.m. B-15 A

Struggling Learners in High School & College

At age 11, one of our boys was just learning to read; at 14, he still struggled to spell three-letter words. Little did we know that he’d be reading ancient philosophers for fun at 17 and that he’d go to college on a full academic scholarship! In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to help your struggling learners through high school (and give them a love of learning!), how to get accommodations on the SAT and ACT, and how to find out what help a college can give them—and you’ll be surprised just how much they can do! Our struggling learner graduated with honors and now has a successful career. Find out how!

Friday Session 1 ~ 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. E-11 C

Getting Kids to Work

People complain all the time that their children are lazy and unmotivated, but only 28% of American families give their children any chores at all. At all. We teach our children right from wrong, we teach our children to read and write, but we forget to teach them how to work. God gave us no choice. With eight bedrest pregnancies and then a full-time ministry and business, we had to get the kids on board or drown. Come get practical strategies for teaching your children to be diligent—to get their schoolwork done, to do chores, to take initiative, and to be confident in their abilities—at all ages. Help your kids to get out of the wagon and start pulling it, cheerfully. Really, you can do it!

Friday Session 3 ~ 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. E-21 B/C

Boy Parent, Hero Parent

The Bible says that children are a gift from God—but why is parenting a boy such a challenge? They live in constant motion, unending distraction, noise without limit, and curiosity to boot. Yet there’s a purpose behind the uproar, and if we seek out God’s aim for our sons, we can take part in something incredible! Hal and Melanie have six grown sons, and in this workshop they will encourage and help you to reach the hearts and minds of your own young men.

Saturday Session 4 ~ 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. B-15 C

Empowering Teens: A Conversation ~ Paul Hastings, Candice Dugger, Hal & Melanie Young, Mike Schutt, and Anne Miller

With a wealth of experience and wisdom joined together in one room, Paul Hastings leads the conversation with Candice Dugger, Hal and Melanie Young, Mike Schutt, and Anne Miller on what it looks like to navigate the teen years. You’ll discover how to guide your teens to adulthood with confidence while fostering healthy relationships! From tackling challenges to crafting worldviews to simple tips and tricks, this workshop is full of valuable perspectives for families with teens.

Saturday Session 6 ~ 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. E-21 B/C

Homeschooling Conversation: From Beginning to End ~ Hal & Melanie Young, Aimee Eucce, Karim Morato, and Leslee and Eric Wallace

“The days are long and the years are short” is often used to describe the nearly two decades we have with our children at home. Walk with Karim Morato, Hal and Melanie Young, Aimee Eucce, and Eric and Leslee Wallace through the seasons of parenting and homeschooling from the preschool years to launching your young adults. Glean from years of experience, wisdom, and practical advice as these speakers dive into the challenges and strategies of starting and sustaining a successful homeschool journey.

Special-Needs Conference 

Specially Designed for Parents of Struggling Learners
Homeschooling a child with a special need or learning difference—or who just struggles to “get it?” You are not alone! This year’s Thursday special needs conference is an all-day event that includes Dr. Amy Moore’s keynote, three separate breakout events, a resource fair, and Exhibit Hall shopping on Thursday evening. 

The conference is included in your full-convention registration, or you may register for the special-needs conference only.