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What is a teachable moment? It's learning through family. That's what Boys Town provides to tens of thousands of children and parents everyday. And that's what we'll focus on here. Stories of those who we've seen succeed, and ideas on how to help bring Teachable Moments to your home and family, too.

 

 

Feeling Out of Touch in Your Own Home? You’re Not Alonehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/feeling-out-of-touch-in-your-own-home.aspxFeeling Out of Touch in Your Own Home? You’re Not Alone For so many families, the pace of life has sped up so rapidly that parents feel like they’ve lost touch with their own kids. And it doesn’t seem to matter if the kids are 7 or 17. For so many families, the pace of life has sped up so rapidly that parents feel like they’ve lost touch with their own kids. And it doesn’t seem to matter if the kids are 7 or 17.Parenting AdviceNovember 17th, 2017<p>The world is so interconnected now that anyone, anywhere can become your immediate friend. People and places that are literally on the other side of the world don't seem quite so distant. They feel close, immediate, even intimate. Yet inside our own homes—the very spaces where intimacy, familiarity, and togetherness should be felt most deeply—there's often a sense of being adrift. </p><p>For so many families, the pace of life has sped up so rapidly that parents feel like they've lost touch with their own kids. And it doesn't seem to matter if the kids are 7 or 17. </p><p>It's not just the intrusion of social media and smartphones putting distance in our relationships. We also can't or don't keep work at the office anymore. It interrupts dinner. It intrudes on weekends. It even interferes with vacation. Then there are life's other obligations, from caring for our own aging parents to participating in civic responsibilities, which can leave us feeling detached and exhausted. </p><p>So, what's a stressed, rushed, and overworked parent to do?  </p><p>Get back to the basics. You can do it right now without much hassle, scheduling or inconvenience. Here are a few simple steps to getting more connected with your family.     </p><p><strong>Communicate.</strong> You can't connect if no one's listening or talking. There are certain times during the day when your kids will be more willing to talk—maybe at bedtime, during mealtime, or in the car. Identify those times and make yourself available to chat with them. Initiate a conversation by asking them about their day or telling them about yours. Ask questions about their favorite activities, and show interest in them. Show that you're present and emotionally connected with them by making eye contact. Tune in to what your children are saying and tune out distractions, especially your own smartphone. </p><p><strong>Play.</strong> Fun, physical activities can help deepen family connections. Piggyback rides, hide-and-seek, and kickball are fun for little ones, while jogging, hiking, and shooting hoops help engage tweens and teens. Something as simple as dancing can create silly, lighthearted, and memorable moments. And, don't be afraid to pick up the video game controller and get right in the middle of the action with your kids.        </p><p><strong>Take them into your world.</strong> Kids often have a hard time imagining that Mom or Dad was once a kid, too. Share stories about what you did growing up and the experiences you had with their grandparents, aunts, and uncles. It's a great way for your kids to see that you're a lot more than just a dispenser of cash, food, and clothes.</p><p>Even if work demands a lot of your time and attention, don't shut out your kids. Instead, explain what you do at your job and the role you play. Let them visit your office or job site, if possible. And let them tag along sometimes when you do "your thing," whether it's yoga class, a book club, a car show, or just a jaunt to the store.         </p><p><strong>Create special time together.</strong> Whether you can do it once a day, once a week, or once a month, commit to spending time (15 to 60 minutes) with your kids on a regular basis. Surprise them by announcing "It's special time!" (or whatever clever name you want to call it), and then let them pick an activity. All you should do is follow their lead and provide your undivided attention. </p><p>Remember: Like anything else, family relationships must be tended to and nurtured if you want to keep them happy and healthy. The strongest connections aren't forged from a single moment or event, but through the small, everyday interactions with your children. So, make the most of them!  </p><p> </p><p> </p>

 

 

Feeling Out of Touch in Your Own Home? You’re Not Alonehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/feeling-out-of-touch-in-your-own-home.aspxFeeling Out of Touch in Your Own Home? You’re Not Alone For so many families, the pace of life has sped up so rapidly that parents feel like they’ve lost touch with their own kids. And it doesn’t seem to matter if the kids are 7 or 17. For so many families, the pace of life has sped up so rapidly that parents feel like they’ve lost touch with their own kids. And it doesn’t seem to matter if the kids are 7 or 17.November 17th, 2017Parenting AdviceFor so many families, the pace of life has sped up so rapidly that parents feel like they’ve lost touch with their own kids. And it doesn’t seem to matter if the kids are 7 or 17.
The Boys Town Story: 1967-1977http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/the-boys-town-story-1967-1977.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1967-1977 Vice President Hubert Humphrey delivered the commencement address to graduates during Boys Town’s 50th anniversary in 1967. Vice President Hubert Humphrey delivered the commencement address to graduates during Boys Town’s 50th anniversary in 1967.November 15th, 2017Boys TownVice President Hubert Humphrey delivered the commencement address to graduates during Boys Town’s 50th anniversary in 1967.
Alum's Role in History Exemplified Boys Town's Courageous Spirit of Military Servicehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Alums-Role-in-History-Exemplified-Boys-Towns-Courageous-Spirit-of-Military-Service.aspxAlum's Role in History Exemplified Boys Town's Courageous Spirit of Military Service Navy Commander Lloyd “Pete” Bucher (left) received a hero’s welcome from Monsignor Nicholas Wegner, Executive Director of Boys Town, and the entire citizenry of Boys Town... Navy Commander Lloyd “Pete” Bucher (left) received a hero’s welcome from Monsignor Nicholas Wegner, Executive Director of Boys Town, and the entire citizenry of Boys Town...November 10th, 2017Boys TownNavy Commander Lloyd “Pete” Bucher (left) received a hero’s welcome from Monsignor Nicholas Wegner, Executive Director of Boys Town, and the entire citizenry of Boys Town...
Six Questions with a Former Boys Town Youthhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/six-questions-with-a-former-boys-town-youth.aspxSix Questions with a Former Boys Town Youth 1. Tell me a little about life before Boys Town. I grew up in a single-mother household with a mother who never wanted me. And she made sure I knew that. 1. Tell me a little about life before Boys Town. I grew up in a single-mother household with a mother who never wanted me. And she made sure I knew that.November 8th, 2017Boys Town1. Tell me a little about life before Boys Town. I grew up in a single-mother household with a mother who never wanted me. And she made sure I knew that.
The Boys Town Story: 1957–1967http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/the-bt-story-1957-1967.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1957–1967 In 1957, Boys Town began to receive national recognition and iconic visitors who were eager to learn about the village. In 1957, Boys Town began to receive national recognition and iconic visitors who were eager to learn about the village.November 7th, 2017Boys TownIn 1957, Boys Town began to receive national recognition and iconic visitors who were eager to learn about the village.
Helping Your Child Do Better in Schoolhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Helping-Your-Child-Do-Better-in-School.aspxHelping Your Child Do Better in School One of the most common issues parents ask us about at Boys Town is how they can help and support their child when he or she is struggling academically. One of the most common issues parents ask us about at Boys Town is how they can help and support their child when he or she is struggling academically.November 2nd, 2017Parenting AdviceOne of the most common issues parents ask us about at Boys Town is how they can help and support their child when he or she is struggling academically.
Creating Meal Time Memorieshttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/creating-meal-time-memories.aspxCreating Meal Time Memories We try to have dinner together as a family every night in our Boys Town Family Home. Even on days when everyone “fends” for themselves or we do leftovers, we still sit down to pray and eat together.It’s a must for our household because eating toge... We try to have dinner together as a family every night in our Boys Town Family Home. Even on days when everyone “fends” for themselves or we do leftovers, we still sit down to pray and eat together.It’s a must for our household because eating toge...October 31st, 2017Parenting AdviceWe try to have dinner together as a family every night in our Boys Town Family Home. Even on days when everyone “fends” for themselves or we do leftovers, we still sit down to pray and eat together.It’s a must for our household because eating toge...
Mealtime at Boys Town: The ‘Yuck’ Listhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/mealtime-the-yuck-list.aspxMealtime at Boys Town: The ‘Yuck’ List Sitting down at the dinner table together as a family is one of the most important aspects of life in a Boys Town Family Home. It is a time to not only share a common activity, but also to talk about the day and to learn social skills like communi... Sitting down at the dinner table together as a family is one of the most important aspects of life in a Boys Town Family Home. It is a time to not only share a common activity, but also to talk about the day and to learn social skills like communi...October 31st, 2017Parenting AdviceSitting down at the dinner table together as a family is one of the most important aspects of life in a Boys Town Family Home. It is a time to not only share a common activity, but also to talk about the day and to learn social skills like communi...
The Boys Town Story: 1947–1957http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/the-bt-story-1947-1957.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1947–1957 The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series. The decade starting in 1947 brings great changes at Boys Town, including the passing of its visionary founder and a major expansion of its Omaha campus. The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series. The decade starting in 1947 brings great changes at Boys Town, including the passing of its visionary founder and a major expansion of its Omaha campus.October 31st, 2017Boys TownThe following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series. The decade starting in 1947 brings great changes at Boys Town, including the passing of its visionary founder and a major expansion of its Omaha campus.
The Boys Town Story: 1937 – 1947http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/the-bt-story-1937-1947.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1937 – 1947 The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series. This time, we see Boys Town at the height of its fame, becoming a household name, thanks to the tireless public relations work of Father Flanagan — and an Oscar®-winning film called Boys Town. The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series. This time, we see Boys Town at the height of its fame, becoming a household name, thanks to the tireless public relations work of Father Flanagan — and an Oscar®-winning film called Boys Town.October 27th, 2017Boys TownThe following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series. This time, we see Boys Town at the height of its fame, becoming a household name, thanks to the tireless public relations work of Father Flanagan — and an Oscar®-winning film called Boys Town.
U.S. Mint Honors Boys Town with Commemorative Coin Sethttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/us-mint-honors-bt-with-commemorative-coin.aspxU.S. Mint Honors Boys Town with Commemorative Coin Set Boys Town founder Father Edward J. Flanagan had a remarkable talent for coining phrases that helped people understand why the mission of caring for troubled children was so important Boys Town founder Father Edward J. Flanagan had a remarkable talent for coining phrases that helped people understand why the mission of caring for troubled children was so importantOctober 25th, 2017Boys TownBoys Town founder Father Edward J. Flanagan had a remarkable talent for coining phrases that helped people understand why the mission of caring for troubled children was so important
How to Respond When Classmates are Bulliedhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/classmates-are-bullied.aspxHow to Respond When Classmates are Bullied ​​Parents play a huge role in how their own children respond to bullying situations. Before children are even aware of what bullying is, parents can help them practice ways to prevent it. ​​Parents play a huge role in how their own children respond to bullying situations. Before children are even aware of what bullying is, parents can help them practice ways to prevent it.October 23rd, 2017Parenting Advice​​Parents play a huge role in how their own children respond to bullying situations. Before children are even aware of what bullying is, parents can help them practice ways to prevent it.
Seeing Beyond the Problemhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/seeing-beyond-the-problem.aspxSeeing Beyond the Problem Let's do an exercise. Think back to the day you brought your new baby home from the hospital. See if you can recapture the excitement and joy from that day. Let's do an exercise. Think back to the day you brought your new baby home from the hospital. See if you can recapture the excitement and joy from that day.October 19th, 2017Parenting AdviceLet's do an exercise. Think back to the day you brought your new baby home from the hospital. See if you can recapture the excitement and joy from that day.
The Boys Town Story: 1927–1937http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/the-boys-town-story-1927–1937.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1927–1937 The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series, providing historical insight into each decade of Boys Town’s history. In this blog post, we learn about life at Boys Town during the Great Depression and the years leading up to World War II... The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series, providing historical insight into each decade of Boys Town’s history. In this blog post, we learn about life at Boys Town during the Great Depression and the years leading up to World War II...October 17, 2017Boys TownThe following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series, providing historical insight into each decade of Boys Town’s history. In this blog post, we learn about life at Boys Town during the Great Depression and the years leading up to World War II...
The Boy Bully Versus the Girl Bullyhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Boy-Versus-Girl-Bully.aspxThe Boy Bully Versus the Girl Bully Bullying defies gender. Both boys and girls can become bullies, and research suggests that boys and girls bully at a similar frequency. But what you might not know is that studies reveal distinct differences in how boys bully versus how girls bully. Bullying defies gender. Both boys and girls can become bullies, and research suggests that boys and girls bully at a similar frequency. But what you might not know is that studies reveal distinct differences in how boys bully versus how girls bully.October 12, 2017Parenting AdviceBullying defies gender. Both boys and girls can become bullies, and research suggests that boys and girls bully at a similar frequency. But what you might not know is that studies reveal distinct differences in how boys bully versus how girls bully.
100 Years of Boys Town: 1917–1927http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/100-years-of-boys-town-1917–1927.aspx100 Years of Boys Town: 1917–1927 The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series, providing historical insight into each decade of Boys Town’s history. Follow us on the 100-year journey begun by Father Edward J. Flanagan, a visionary whose mission was to change the way America... The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series, providing historical insight into each decade of Boys Town’s history. Follow us on the 100-year journey begun by Father Edward J. Flanagan, a visionary whose mission was to change the way America...Boys TownThe following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series, providing historical insight into each decade of Boys Town’s history. Follow us on the 100-year journey begun by Father Edward J. Flanagan, a visionary whose mission was to change the way America...
Protecting Teenage Girls from Becoming ‘Hopeless Romantics’http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/hopeless-romantics.aspxProtecting Teenage Girls from Becoming ‘Hopeless Romantics’ For many girls, the teen years are a time when they go what we used to call "boy crazy." Teenage girls become very aware of how they look, how they act and how boys see them, and this can greatly affect their emotional and behavioral development. For many girls, the teen years are a time when they go what we used to call "boy crazy." Teenage girls become very aware of how they look, how they act and how boys see them, and this can greatly affect their emotional and behavioral development.October 6th, 2017Parenting AdviceFor many girls, the teen years are a time when they go what we used to call "boy crazy." Teenage girls become very aware of how they look, how they act and how boys see them, and this can greatly affect their emotional and behavioral development.
How Do I Know If I’m Pushing My Child Too Hard?http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/pushing-child-too-hard.aspxHow Do I Know If I’m Pushing My Child Too Hard? As parents, we all want our children to thrive. We want them to do well in school, develop positive friendships, enjoy new and fun experiences, learn and use important social skills, and grow into successful, well-adjusted adults. As parents, we all want our children to thrive. We want them to do well in school, develop positive friendships, enjoy new and fun experiences, learn and use important social skills, and grow into successful, well-adjusted adults.October 3rd, 2017Parenting AdviceAs parents, we all want our children to thrive. We want them to do well in school, develop positive friendships, enjoy new and fun experiences, learn and use important social skills, and grow into successful, well-adjusted adults.
A Lasting Foundationhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/lasting-foundation.aspxA Lasting Foundation With nothing more than a $90 loan from a trusted friend, Father Flanagan began his mission to save Omaha's homeless boys. With nothing more than a $90 loan from a trusted friend, Father Flanagan began his mission to save Omaha's homeless boys.September 29th, 2017Boys TownWith nothing more than a $90 loan from a trusted friend, Father Flanagan began his mission to save Omaha's homeless boys.
Make the Most of Parent–Teacher Conferenceshttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/make-parent-teacher-conferences.aspxMake the Most of Parent–Teacher Conferences Parent–teacher conferences play an important role in the education of your child. First quarter of the school year typically ends with a 15-minute conference. For many parents, these conferences are the first time they hear that their child is str... Parent–teacher conferences play an important role in the education of your child. First quarter of the school year typically ends with a 15-minute conference. For many parents, these conferences are the first time they hear that their child is str...September 27th, 2017Parenting AdviceParent–teacher conferences play an important role in the education of your child. First quarter of the school year typically ends with a 15-minute conference. For many parents, these conferences are the first time they hear that their child is str...
Helping Kids Cope After a Natural Disasterhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/helping-kids-cope-natural-disaster.aspxHelping Kids Cope After a Natural Disaster You can’t control when natural disasters will strike. And when they do, they often become unpredictable stressors for children and families, disrup... You can’t control when natural disasters will strike. And when they do, they often become unpredictable stressors for children and families, disrup...September 25th, 2017Parenting AdviceYou can’t control when natural disasters will strike. And when they do, they often become unpredictable stressors for children and families, disrup...
Standing on the Shoulders of Geniushttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/standing-shoulders-genius.aspxStanding on the Shoulders of Genius The ​following is from a “State of Child Care” presentation by Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director of Boys Town, at a rec... The ​following is from a “State of Child Care” presentation by Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director of Boys Town, at a rec...September 21st, 2017Boys TownThe ​following is from a “State of Child Care” presentation by Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director of Boys Town, at a rec...
America’s No. 1 War Dadhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/americas-1-war-dad.aspxAmerica’s No. 1 War Dad When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, three former Boys Town residents died along with the more than 2,000 other victims of the attack. Over the ensuing war years, Father Flanagan received letters from many of the thousand former Boy... When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, three former Boys Town residents died along with the more than 2,000 other victims of the attack. Over the ensuing war years, Father Flanagan received letters from many of the thousand former Boy...September 8th, 2017 Boys TownWhen Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, three former Boys Town residents died along with the more than 2,000 other victims of the attack. Over the ensuing war years, Father Flanagan received letters from many of the thousand former Boy...
Weathering Hurricanes with Kidshttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/weathering-hurricanes-kids.aspxWeathering Hurricanes with Kids Hurricane Harvey has barely left the scene, carving a swath of devastation across the Gulf Coast, and now Hurricane Irma — the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded — is headed right for Florida’s east coast.These massive storms can be diffic... Hurricane Harvey has barely left the scene, carving a swath of devastation across the Gulf Coast, and now Hurricane Irma — the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded — is headed right for Florida’s east coast.These massive storms can be diffic...September 7th, 2017 Parenting AdviceHurricane Harvey has barely left the scene, carving a swath of devastation across the Gulf Coast, and now Hurricane Irma — the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded — is headed right for Florida’s east coast.These massive storms can be diffic...
The Statue that Never Washttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/statue-never.aspxThe Statue that Never Was In the early 1960s, Monsignor Nicholas Wegner, Boys Town director at the time, conceived a plan to place a memorial to Father Flanagan on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Monsignor Wegner selected an artist and approved a design, which was tu... In the early 1960s, Monsignor Nicholas Wegner, Boys Town director at the time, conceived a plan to place a memorial to Father Flanagan on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Monsignor Wegner selected an artist and approved a design, which was tu...September 6th, 2017 Boys TownIn the early 1960s, Monsignor Nicholas Wegner, Boys Town director at the time, conceived a plan to place a memorial to Father Flanagan on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Monsignor Wegner selected an artist and approved a design, which was tu...
Teens are more stressed and anxious, but they don’t know why. Here’s how parents can help.http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/teens-stressed-anxious-dont-know-heres-parents-can-help.aspxTeens are more stressed and anxious, but they don’t know why. Here’s how parents can help. Article courtesy of The Washington Post. The teenage years can be tough, marked with physical and emotional changes, new choices and responsibilities, and evolving relationships with the pe... Article courtesy of The Washington Post. The teenage years can be tough, marked with physical and emotional changes, new choices and responsibilities, and evolving relationships with the pe...September 1st, 2017 Parenting Advice Article courtesy of The Washington Post. The teenage years can be tough, marked with physical and emotional changes, new choices and responsibilities, and evolving relationships with the pe...
Acceptance and Equality Must Be Part of Every Child’s Life Lessonshttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/acceptance-equality-must-part-every-childs-life-lessons.aspxAcceptance and Equality Must Be Part of Every Child’s Life Lessons Father Edward J. Flanagan was far ahead of his time, sometimes dangerously so.When he founded his home for boys (later to become known as Boys Town) 100 years ago in Omaha, Nebraska, he welcomed youngsters of all races, religions and cultural back... Father Edward J. Flanagan was far ahead of his time, sometimes dangerously so.When he founded his home for boys (later to become known as Boys Town) 100 years ago in Omaha, Nebraska, he welcomed youngsters of all races, religions and cultural back...August 31st, 2017 Boys TownFather Edward J. Flanagan was far ahead of his time, sometimes dangerously so.When he founded his home for boys (later to become known as Boys Town) 100 years ago in Omaha, Nebraska, he welcomed youngsters of all races, religions and cultural back...
America’s First Boy Bandhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/first-boy-band.aspxAmerica’s First Boy Band Father Edward J. Flanagan loved music. Growing up in Ireland, he would gather with his family in the evenings to sing and play instruments as they sat around their home’s hearth. Father Flanagan also believed that music was a positive hobby and ou... Father Edward J. Flanagan loved music. Growing up in Ireland, he would gather with his family in the evenings to sing and play instruments as they sat around their home’s hearth. Father Flanagan also believed that music was a positive hobby and ou...August 29th, 2017 Boys TownFather Edward J. Flanagan loved music. Growing up in Ireland, he would gather with his family in the evenings to sing and play instruments as they sat around their home’s hearth. Father Flanagan also believed that music was a positive hobby and ou...
Boys Town Centennial Celebration Featured on NBC Nightly Newshttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/boys-town-centennial-celebration-featured-nbc-nightly-news.aspxBoys Town Centennial Celebration Featured on NBC Nightly News Video courtesy of NBC Nightly News. Recently, NBC Nightly News sent correspondent Anne Thompson to Omaha to check in on Boys Town as it celebrates its centennial birthday.Check out the video below and... Video courtesy of NBC Nightly News. Recently, NBC Nightly News sent correspondent Anne Thompson to Omaha to check in on Boys Town as it celebrates its centennial birthday.Check out the video below and...August 25th, 2017 Boys Town Video courtesy of NBC Nightly News. Recently, NBC Nightly News sent correspondent Anne Thompson to Omaha to check in on Boys Town as it celebrates its centennial birthday.Check out the video below and...
3 Tips for Creating a Parenting Plan with your Co-Parenthttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/3-tips-creating-parenting-plan-co-parent.aspx3 Tips for Creating a Parenting Plan with your Co-Parent This article was originally published on momaha.com. Co-parenting can be difficult because you need to remain consistent with addressing behavior, and you might have different expectations than your child’s other par... This article was originally published on momaha.com. Co-parenting can be difficult because you need to remain consistent with addressing behavior, and you might have different expectations than your child’s other par...August 22nd, 2017 Parenting Advice This article was originally published on momaha.com. Co-parenting can be difficult because you need to remain consistent with addressing behavior, and you might have different expectations than your child’s other par...
How Father Flanagan’s Kennedy Book Was Almost Lost to Historyhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/father-flanagans-kennedy-book-almost-lost-history.aspxHow Father Flanagan’s Kennedy Book Was Almost Lost to History Perhaps it was the “luck of the Irish.” Whatever the reason, an extremely important, valuable and rare book was almost lost forever, were it not for the sharp eyes of a Boys Town employee at a library book sale. Father Flanagan’s personally signed... Perhaps it was the “luck of the Irish.” Whatever the reason, an extremely important, valuable and rare book was almost lost forever, were it not for the sharp eyes of a Boys Town employee at a library book sale. Father Flanagan’s personally signed...August 17th, 2017 Boys TownPerhaps it was the “luck of the Irish.” Whatever the reason, an extremely important, valuable and rare book was almost lost forever, were it not for the sharp eyes of a Boys Town employee at a library book sale. Father Flanagan’s personally signed...
Six Discussions to Start the School Year Righthttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/six-discussions-start-school-year-right.aspxSix Discussions to Start the School Year Right Every school year is your child’s opportunity for new success. If your child was less than successful the previous year, the school year ahead offers a clean slate. If they’ve been doing well throughout the years, then the new school year means a ... Every school year is your child’s opportunity for new success. If your child was less than successful the previous year, the school year ahead offers a clean slate. If they’ve been doing well throughout the years, then the new school year means a ...August 15th, 2017 Parenting AdviceEvery school year is your child’s opportunity for new success. If your child was less than successful the previous year, the school year ahead offers a clean slate. If they’ve been doing well throughout the years, then the new school year means a ...
The Bus That Travels without Movinghttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/bus-travels-without-moving.aspxThe Bus That Travels without Moving This 1952 Flxible Visicoach transports its passengers back to an era when integrated schools such as Boys Town experienced many difficulties when taking their athletic teams on the road to compete. Now housed permanently in the Boys Town Hall of H... This 1952 Flxible Visicoach transports its passengers back to an era when integrated schools such as Boys Town experienced many difficulties when taking their athletic teams on the road to compete. Now housed permanently in the Boys Town Hall of H...August 11th, 2017 Boys TownThis 1952 Flxible Visicoach transports its passengers back to an era when integrated schools such as Boys Town experienced many difficulties when taking their athletic teams on the road to compete. Now housed permanently in the Boys Town Hall of H...
2 Easy Tips for Raising an Active Childhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/2-easy-tips-raising-active-child.aspx2 Easy Tips for Raising an Active Child This article was originally published on momaha.com. Did you know just one hour a day of activity helps maintain a healthy mind and body?Parents play a key role in their child’s physical fitness. Taking on that role ... This article was originally published on momaha.com. Did you know just one hour a day of activity helps maintain a healthy mind and body?Parents play a key role in their child’s physical fitness. Taking on that role ...August 9th, 2017 Parenting Advice This article was originally published on momaha.com. Did you know just one hour a day of activity helps maintain a healthy mind and body?Parents play a key role in their child’s physical fitness. Taking on that role ...
Vaping and E-cigarettes – A Healthy Alternative to Smoking?http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/vaping-e-cigarettes-healthy-alternative-smoking.aspxVaping and E-cigarettes – A Healthy Alternative to Smoking? At first blush, it seems like a positive step: A former cigarette smoker switches to vaping, or using an e-cigarette. It seems good because the person is no longer inhaling the smoke from burning tobacco leaves and the associated additives — s... At first blush, it seems like a positive step: A former cigarette smoker switches to vaping, or using an e-cigarette. It seems good because the person is no longer inhaling the smoke from burning tobacco leaves and the associated additives — s...August 3rd, 2017 Parenting AdviceAt first blush, it seems like a positive step: A former cigarette smoker switches to vaping, or using an e-cigarette. It seems good because the person is no longer inhaling the smoke from burning tobacco leaves and the associated additives — s...
Father Flanagan’s Desk: More than Just a Workspacehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/father-flanagans-desk-just-workspace.aspxFather Flanagan’s Desk: More than Just a Workspace Crafted from more than 250,000 pieces of wood from all around the world, this 320-pound intricately inlaid desk tells a story of dedication and perseverance. It was hand-made by 20 boys as a Christmas present for Father Edward J. Flanagan. The des... Crafted from more than 250,000 pieces of wood from all around the world, this 320-pound intricately inlaid desk tells a story of dedication and perseverance. It was hand-made by 20 boys as a Christmas present for Father Edward J. Flanagan. The des...August 1st, 2017 Boys TownCrafted from more than 250,000 pieces of wood from all around the world, this 320-pound intricately inlaid desk tells a story of dedication and perseverance. It was hand-made by 20 boys as a Christmas present for Father Edward J. Flanagan. The des...
A Road Much Traveledhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/road-much-traveled.aspxA Road Much Traveled There’s not much left of Birch Drive today — just a few jagged pieces of crumbling concrete. But in its heyday, this tree-lined street was the path to a second chance for homeless young men and boys coming from as far away as Florida and Washingto... There’s not much left of Birch Drive today — just a few jagged pieces of crumbling concrete. But in its heyday, this tree-lined street was the path to a second chance for homeless young men and boys coming from as far away as Florida and Washingto...July 27th, 2017 Boys TownThere’s not much left of Birch Drive today — just a few jagged pieces of crumbling concrete. But in its heyday, this tree-lined street was the path to a second chance for homeless young men and boys coming from as far away as Florida and Washingto...
Keep Your Kids Healthy this Summerhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/keep-kids-healthy-summer.aspxKeep Your Kids Healthy this Summer It used to be that summertime was when kids became healthy almost by default. Spending the days bicycling with friends or swimming at the pool helped shed winter pounds and helped kids stay lean. Unfortunately, these days, the lure of video games,... It used to be that summertime was when kids became healthy almost by default. Spending the days bicycling with friends or swimming at the pool helped shed winter pounds and helped kids stay lean. Unfortunately, these days, the lure of video games,...July 25th, 2017 Parenting AdviceIt used to be that summertime was when kids became healthy almost by default. Spending the days bicycling with friends or swimming at the pool helped shed winter pounds and helped kids stay lean. Unfortunately, these days, the lure of video games,...
10 Milestones You Might Not Find in the Child Development Bookshttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/10-milestones-might-find-child-development-books.aspx10 Milestones You Might Not Find in the Child Development Books Sure, learning to read and tie their shoes are great accomplishments for kids, but there are others that every parent truly appreciates once their children have mastered them. Like when they learn to feed themselves or when they discover how to pl... Sure, learning to read and tie their shoes are great accomplishments for kids, but there are others that every parent truly appreciates once their children have mastered them. Like when they learn to feed themselves or when they discover how to pl...July 21st, 2017 Parenting AdviceSure, learning to read and tie their shoes are great accomplishments for kids, but there are others that every parent truly appreciates once their children have mastered them. Like when they learn to feed themselves or when they discover how to pl...
Four Reasons Why Boys Town Needs to be a Stop on Your Omaha Vacationhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/four-reasons-boys-town-needs-stop-omaha-vacation.aspxFour Reasons Why Boys Town Needs to be a Stop on Your Omaha Vacation If you’re planning a road trip to Omaha, Neb., make sure to mark an afternoon off for Boys Town and let your kids experience what makes Boys Town unique. John Sennert, Boys Town Gift Shop Manager, shares some insights on what ... If you’re planning a road trip to Omaha, Neb., make sure to mark an afternoon off for Boys Town and let your kids experience what makes Boys Town unique. John Sennert, Boys Town Gift Shop Manager, shares some insights on what ...July 19th, 2017 Boys TownIf you’re planning a road trip to Omaha, Neb., make sure to mark an afternoon off for Boys Town and let your kids experience what makes Boys Town unique. John Sennert, Boys Town Gift Shop Manager, shares some insights on what ...
Boys Town and One of its Oldest Alums Will Turn 100 Togetherhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/boys-town-one-oldest-alums-will-turn-100-together.aspxBoys Town and One of its Oldest Alums Will Turn 100 Together It’s a happy coincidence that Boys Town alum Joe Renteria will be celebrating his 100 th birthday this summer at Boys Town, right in the middle of the Home’s Centennial celebration. Renteria will return to the... It’s a happy coincidence that Boys Town alum Joe Renteria will be celebrating his 100 th birthday this summer at Boys Town, right in the middle of the Home’s Centennial celebration. Renteria will return to the...July 18th, 2017 Boys TownIt’s a happy coincidence that Boys Town alum Joe Renteria will be celebrating his 100 th birthday this summer at Boys Town, right in the middle of the Home’s Centennial celebration. Renteria will return to the...
Boys Town Partnership with Lincoln Electric Helps Forge Bright Future for Gradshttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/boys-town-partnership-lincoln-electric-helps-forge-bright-future-grads.aspxBoys Town Partnership with Lincoln Electric Helps Forge Bright Future for Grads Thanks to Josh Temple — television host, licensed contractor and vocal Boys Town supporter — and his friends at Lincoln Electric, young men and women who are learning to weld at Boys Town’s Career Readiness Center are now usin... Thanks to Josh Temple — television host, licensed contractor and vocal Boys Town supporter — and his friends at Lincoln Electric, young men and women who are learning to weld at Boys Town’s Career Readiness Center are now usin...July 12th, 2017 Boys TownThanks to Josh Temple — television host, licensed contractor and vocal Boys Town supporter — and his friends at Lincoln Electric, young men and women who are learning to weld at Boys Town’s Career Readiness Center are now usin...
Raising Compassionate Childrenhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/raising-compassionate-children-tips-teaching-children-compassion.aspxRaising Compassionate Children Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Emotional researchers describe compassion as the feelings and motivation that arise in us when we are confronted by the suffering of others. Most young children have an innate s... Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Emotional researchers describe compassion as the feelings and motivation that arise in us when we are confronted by the suffering of others. Most young children have an innate s...July 11th, 2017 Parenting Advice Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Emotional researchers describe compassion as the feelings and motivation that arise in us when we are confronted by the suffering of others. Most young children have an innate s...
4 Tips To Help Your Teens Make Good Clothing Choices This Summerhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/4-tips-help-teens-make-good-clothing-choices-summer.aspx4 Tips To Help Your Teens Make Good Clothing Choices This Summer This article was originally published on momaha.com. Hot weather is here! It’s time to dress for informal events like camp, ballgames and visits to the pool, as well as more formal occasions like weddings.Parents often cr... This article was originally published on momaha.com. Hot weather is here! It’s time to dress for informal events like camp, ballgames and visits to the pool, as well as more formal occasions like weddings.Parents often cr...July 5th, 2017 Parenting Advice This article was originally published on momaha.com. Hot weather is here! It’s time to dress for informal events like camp, ballgames and visits to the pool, as well as more formal occasions like weddings.Parents often cr...
Boys Town Supporters Are Everywherehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/boys-town-supporters-everywhere.aspxBoys Town Supporters Are Everywhere We like to say, “Boys Town kids are everywhere.” And they are. Given a second chance for success, they graduate from Boys Town to become teachers, police officers, congressional interns, social workers and more. At the midpoint of our 100th year, ... We like to say, “Boys Town kids are everywhere.” And they are. Given a second chance for success, they graduate from Boys Town to become teachers, police officers, congressional interns, social workers and more. At the midpoint of our 100th year, ...June 29th, 2017 Boys TownWe like to say, “Boys Town kids are everywhere.” And they are. Given a second chance for success, they graduate from Boys Town to become teachers, police officers, congressional interns, social workers and more. At the midpoint of our 100th year, ...
Sowing the Seeds of Community Pridehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/sowing-seeds-community-pride.aspxSowing the Seeds of Community Pride Many boys and girls who come to Boys Town for care and treatment have lost something very important in their lives: a sense of belonging. The problems they’ve experienced have made them feel like they’re no longer part of a family or a communi... Many boys and girls who come to Boys Town for care and treatment have lost something very important in their lives: a sense of belonging. The problems they’ve experienced have made them feel like they’re no longer part of a family or a communi...June 27th, 2017 Boys TownMany boys and girls who come to Boys Town for care and treatment have lost something very important in their lives: a sense of belonging. The problems they’ve experienced have made them feel like they’re no longer part of a family or a communi...
The Power of Imaginative Playhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/power-imaginative-play.aspxThe Power of Imaginative Play Have you ever seen a child pick up a stick in the yard and suddenly wield it as a sword to fight off a band of marauding pirates? Or maybe you’ve seen a youngster build a fantastic airplane from nothing more than a boxful of colored plastic buildi... Have you ever seen a child pick up a stick in the yard and suddenly wield it as a sword to fight off a band of marauding pirates? Or maybe you’ve seen a youngster build a fantastic airplane from nothing more than a boxful of colored plastic buildi...June 22nd, 2017 Parenting AdviceHave you ever seen a child pick up a stick in the yard and suddenly wield it as a sword to fight off a band of marauding pirates? Or maybe you’ve seen a youngster build a fantastic airplane from nothing more than a boxful of colored plastic buildi...
1997 Boys Town Girls Track Team — An Underdog Storyhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/1997-boys-town-girls-track-team-underdog-story.aspx1997 Boys Town Girls Track Team — An Underdog Story Just two short decades after Boys Town began admitting girls into its program, the school’s girls’ track team achieved one of the greatest underdog victories in Nebraska state high school athletics. Fielding a squad of just four girls, and going u... Just two short decades after Boys Town began admitting girls into its program, the school’s girls’ track team achieved one of the greatest underdog victories in Nebraska state high school athletics. Fielding a squad of just four girls, and going u...June 20th, 2017 Boys TownJust two short decades after Boys Town began admitting girls into its program, the school’s girls’ track team achieved one of the greatest underdog victories in Nebraska state high school athletics. Fielding a squad of just four girls, and going u...
Why You Should Take a Back Seat on Your Next Family Outinghttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/take-back-seat-next-family-outing.aspxWhy You Should Take a Back Seat on Your Next Family Outing Raising confident, independent children who can make decisions on their own is one of the most important tasks you have as a parent. Even if your children are still young enough to play dress-up, they need opportunities to begin exploring and exer... Raising confident, independent children who can make decisions on their own is one of the most important tasks you have as a parent. Even if your children are still young enough to play dress-up, they need opportunities to begin exploring and exer...June 16th, 2017 Parenting AdviceRaising confident, independent children who can make decisions on their own is one of the most important tasks you have as a parent. Even if your children are still young enough to play dress-up, they need opportunities to begin exploring and exer...
When Children’s Stormy Behavior Threatens, Having a Plan in Place Is a Musthttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/childrens-stormy-behavior-threatens-plan-place-must.aspxWhen Children’s Stormy Behavior Threatens, Having a Plan in Place Is a Must For people across most of the country, stormy weather is just a fact of life at this time of the year.Thunderstorms, tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, heavy rains and flooding can wreak havoc and dramatically disrupt our daily routines.That’s why w... For people across most of the country, stormy weather is just a fact of life at this time of the year.Thunderstorms, tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, heavy rains and flooding can wreak havoc and dramatically disrupt our daily routines.That’s why w...June 14th, 2017 Parenting AdviceFor people across most of the country, stormy weather is just a fact of life at this time of the year.Thunderstorms, tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, heavy rains and flooding can wreak havoc and dramatically disrupt our daily routines.That’s why w...