On the third day of Christmas Giveaways . . .

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On the third day of Christmas Giveaways, THREE winners will receive . . . an incredible bundle from Raising Real Men!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below and don’t forget to enter the giveaways for Day 1 and Day 2!


For today’s giveaway, THREE winners will each receive ALL of the following:


Boot Camp 9-12 — From the authors of Raising Real Men, CSPA 2011 Book of the Year

When our children were all little and Melanie was feeling overwhelmed, most people responded, “You just wait ’til they’re teenagers! You think it’s hard now?”

Well, thank you, that’s very encouraging. Does it have to be that way? Does life with a teen have to be more difficult than life with an untrained toddler with no self-control? Is sullen, moody, rebelliousness just a part of growing up?


Get prepared to make the teen years great at our exclusive Boot Camp 9-12!

Do you have a son who is 9 to 12 years old?

When our boys hit that age, they seem to fall apart. Formerly obedient sons suddenly get angry and rebellious. They don’t seem to be able to control their tempers or get their work done. One of our teens said, “Mom, it seems like when a guy gets to be about nine, his head gets harder and his brain gets softer…” Now, the brother he was talking about didn’t appreciate it much, but it sure seemed true!

Are you starting to see some changes? Does he seem full of anger and hard to live with all of a sudden? Wondering what is going on and how you are going to handle it? Get help now!

We’re inviting a small number parents of 9-12 year old boys that are unwilling to accept teen turmoil as inevitable to join us live for a Raising Real Men webinar series getting you geared up to make these years a blessing and not a nightmare.

We’ll meet together for five lively, funny, powerful and practical sessions that will take the fear out of the coming years and give you the tools to help your guys navigate these dangerous waters safely. We’ll be interacting with you, too, answering your questions live!

The next session starts in January, for Only $39.


Each winner will also receive a set of Hero Tales From American History audiobooks!

Did you know Theodore Roosevelt wrote a book for children?

He did.

He wrote a book to teach character and virtue through the stories of American History.

He’s been called “The Most Interesting American” and his book is just that!

We’ve made it even more interesting, though, by turning it into an audiobook and adding sound effects, too. Ships creaking, gulls cawing, cannon fire, even angry French mobs come together to make history they’ll never forget . . .

Learn History on the Drive Home!

Only $15 for all three volumes.


AND a copy of Raising Real Men!

Are You Raising Boys? You Are Not Alone!

We have boys, too! Six of them, counting the two that are grown up …and we’ve felt like pulling our hair out somedays, too.

Those long days with boys who’d rather be climbing trees and seem determined to drive you up one are one reason why we starting speaking about raising boys!

Is there a way to teach those stinky (well, if they’re teens), sassy (sometimes), and bickering (it happens here, too!) sons to become godly men? Can you get your boys to help out with the laundry? Is it possible to raise them to be bold adventurous men, without them breaking their legs jumping off the garage – and enjoy it all, too?

The answer is yes!

Christian Small Publishers Book of the Year 2011


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48 thoughts on “On the third day of Christmas Giveaways . . .”

  1. I think the most challenging part of being mom to a boy is finding a way to guide the sheer overwhelming energy and enthusiasm, which is often expressed physically (run, jump, hit…). Running and jumping ok- except in a store or school, hitting not usually. How do you guide appropriately? What are some good examples to use? And, on a related note, why don’t they make a series of books like the American Girl ones for boys??? Dear America is written for much bigger boys, why not a boy series? Tom Sawyer and Swiss Family Robinson only go so far-

  2. I usually get frustrated with my boys who seem to do the craziest things. When I talk to them about it, they act like they don’t care.

  3. The most challenging part of raising a boy? Not being one. They think differently, respond differently, and are just plain…different. But, I am so thankful that they are.

  4. I have one boy, three girls. I think the hardest thing for me is that the rules for girls sometimes “go out the window” with the boy. when I think I have, I have to learn again.

  5. Right now, as a mom, I think the most difficult part of raising boys is getting some PRIVACY!!! 🙂

    Seriously though, how to balance the “I’m the parent, obey me” and the “I’m a young man, I need to be MANLY and IN CHARGE” – that’s a tough balancing act!

    • For some reason the web page would not allow me to enter a comment below, but would allow me to reply to another comment! I hope this will still count 🙂
      The most challenging thing to me about raising boys is helping them stay pure in a sex-crazy culture. I love the Youngs’ advice to “get there the firstest with the mostest” and help the boys develop a godly worldview of sex.

  6. The biggest challenge is leading by example. I want him to see me not lose my cool so that he will know it’s not okay, but i fail often…It’s like he knows what will anger me and sets out to achieve that goal. My son is 12 and we are seeing so many issues pop up; never heard of this set and will def. be checking it out! Thank you for the chance!!

  7. I think the hardest thing about boys is one min they will be happt loving and the next min they will be so mad ant you and blame you for everything. I thought this was supose to be girls but my son sure can have som big mood swings. I am trying to be a good exsample put fail at times. thanks for the give away

  8. I have one boy on earth and he’s actually not that difficult to deal with…yet. He just turned 9 so who knows what I’ll be saying about this next year. I do find it difficult relating to him. I didn’t grow up with brothers. Just me and my sister so I don’t know what’s normal and what to put a stop to.

  9. The hardest part is not understanding them. Not knowing how he thinks or why he does things. Not knowing how to get him to open up. And doing it alone because Dad decided being part of a family didn’t make him happy any longer. So having no support system to tell me what is and isn’t normal and how to handle it.

  10. I am a mom of 3 boys and have been praying for them since they were in the womb. I’m always looking for ways to learn more about how to raise Godly men and teaching them diligently. This would be a great blesssing to us. Thanks for the opportunity!

  11. The boy’s energy and “non-focusedness” sometimes! He is SOO sweet, so it makes up for it! (Having a trampoline has helped GREATLY!!!)

  12. RE:
    Tell me . . . what is the most challenging part of being mom of boys?

    As they grow older, making their own decisions, it’s gut-wrenching at times, knowing that the result is likely to hurt them. Thankfully, I appreciate that my sons typically make pretty good decisions, praise the Lord!

  13. I think the hardest part of being a mom of a boy is that they are so fragile. Never know when to push harder vs. letting up some. Schooling is difficult in itself – but discipline is the hardest for us!

  14. Growing up as the oldest of three girls, I had very little exposure to boys…just a few of my cousins. Now I’m the mom of a very academic and thoughtful yet silly 9-year-old boy and a constantly moving, goofy but loving 6-year-old boy. I love them both to pieces but sometimes just their “boy-ness” frustrates, aggravates and confounds me! I’d love to learn more about how to raise them as Godly men who are compassionate and desire to lead their homes and be real men!

  15. The hardest part of raising boys is relating to them. I’m not a boy, so I have no idea how they think or why they do what they do!

  16. Sometimes I just don’t get him. I only had a sister, so this boy thing is completely new to me. I am always asking my husband, “Is this normal?” or “Why is that fun?” lol…

  17. The fact that I’m a girl :). I just don’t understand some of the things that are natural to boys…and my first instinct is to stop some of these natural and often good behaviors because I just don’t understand them.


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