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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.

 

 

The Boy Bully Versus the Girl Bullyhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Boy-Versus-Girl-Bully.aspxThe Boy Bully Versus the Girl Bully Boys Town saves children and heals families, giving them the hope they need to turn their lives around. With services that reach nationwide, Boys Town gives kids a safe, caring environment to develop the social skills, behavior and confidence to succeed, and offers fragile families the chance to stay together or reunite whenever possible.Parenting AdviceOctober 12, 2017<p>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.</p><p>Research shows that boys experience more frequent bullying than girls, and boys are more likely to experience<strong> physical</strong> forms of victimization, including:</p><ul><li>Hitting</li><li>Kicking</li><li>Pushing</li><li>Physical intimidation</li></ul><p>Girls are less likely to experience physical aggression but are more likely to engage in <strong>verbal </strong>and <strong>relational</strong> types of bullying behaviors, such as: </p><ul><li>Verbal assaults, name-calling, being publicly criticized </li><li>Being ostracized or leaving peers out on purpose</li><li>Spreading rumors or gossiping in order to undermine the status or reputation of a peer</li></ul><p> <strong>How Bullies Evolve</strong></p><p>In elementary school, boy bullying is typically aimed at ​gaining control of resources that children compete for—such as being first in line or first to access playground equipment—and control over others. Boys are more likely to use straightforward and direct actions, such as pushing another child out of the way or making threats to win control. </p><p>In older boys, bullying starts to align more closely with girl bullying. Boys tend to drop the overt, physically aggressive behaviors because they've been caught by adults and punished for such behavior. Instead, boys begin to use more relational bullying tactics that are more easily hidden from adults and thus less risky.  </p><p>Girls, although also interested in control, tend to use indirect strategies to undermine the status of their victims by making them less appealing and thus less threatening to the bully's position as leader of the peer group. </p><p>In both boys and girls, bullying behavior is reinforced when peers respond favorably to the bully, such as laughing at a mean joke or joining in on teasing. </p><p> <strong>Stopping and Preventing Bullies</strong></p><p>Boy bullying is more likely to change when strong and consistent consequences for bullying behaviors are used. Since girls use more covert bullying tactics, which are more difficult for adults to detect, teachers and parents often struggle to know when and how to intervene.   </p><p>Bully-proofing girls (or boys who are the targets of relational bullying) may be much more about teaching them the qualities of good and bad friendships, as well as coaching them on how to use prosocial skills, such as maintaining good personal hygiene, sharing, giving positive feedback, acknowledging feedback from peers, and offering help. These skills can be used to make friends and enhance their reputation among peers. </p><p>For both boys and girls, social skills that are important to making friends without being aggressive are acquired at a younger age than many parents realize, so it's important to pay close attention to how children interact with peers as early as age 2.  </p><p>Because boys and girls tend to bully differently, it's important for adults to learn to identify those differences. Otherwise, bullying can go unnoticed, the consequences become more significant, and the victim may begin to feel more alone. This is especially true for girls. For any child, though, the longer bullying continues, the more severe the response may be, and the longer it will take to overcome the bullying.  </p><p> <em>For more content on bullying, including tools to use at home and conversation starters, visit our <a href="/parenting/guides/Pages/dealing-with-bullying.aspx">bullying guide</a>​.</em></p>

 

 

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...
The Story Behind “He Ain’t Heavy…”http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/story-behind-aint-heavy.aspxThe Story Behind “He Ain’t Heavy…” “He ain’t heavy, Father… he’s m’ brother.” Those iconic words have symbolized the spirit of Boys Town for decades. But many people don’t know how it originated.Back in 1918, a boy named Howard Loomis was abandoned by his mother at Father Flanag... “He ain’t heavy, Father… he’s m’ brother.” Those iconic words have symbolized the spirit of Boys Town for decades. But many people don’t know how it originated.Back in 1918, a boy named Howard Loomis was abandoned by his mother at Father Flanag...June 9th, 2017 Boys Town “He ain’t heavy, Father… he’s m’ brother.” Those iconic words have symbolized the spirit of Boys Town for decades. But many people don’t know how it originated.Back in 1918, a boy named Howard Loomis was abandoned by his mother at Father Flanag...
More Apps Your Kids Should Avoidhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/apps-kids-avoid.aspxMore Apps Your Kids Should Avoid We’ve written about so-called “dangerous apps” before. (Read about them here and here.) But as with anything internet-related, apps that can be used for bullying, “hooking up” and other illicit purposes co... We’ve written about so-called “dangerous apps” before. (Read about them here and here.) But as with anything internet-related, apps that can be used for bullying, “hooking up” and other illicit purposes co...June 7th, 2017 Parenting AdviceWe’ve written about so-called “dangerous apps” before. (Read about them here and here.) But as with anything internet-related, apps that can be used for bullying, “hooking up” and other illicit purposes co...
‘The Work Continues’ Statue: A New Symbol for a New Erahttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/work-continues-statue-new-symbol-new-era.aspx‘The Work Continues’ Statue: A New Symbol for a New Era Today, as part of our ongoing centennial celebration, Boys Town unveiled a new statue. Though the sculpture may be new, it is inspired by a well-known work of art — which was inspired by the iconic words that have come to symbolize Boys Town: ... Today, as part of our ongoing centennial celebration, Boys Town unveiled a new statue. Though the sculpture may be new, it is inspired by a well-known work of art — which was inspired by the iconic words that have come to symbolize Boys Town: ...June 6th, 2017 Boys TownToday, as part of our ongoing centennial celebration, Boys Town unveiled a new statue. Though the sculpture may be new, it is inspired by a well-known work of art — which was inspired by the iconic words that have come to symbolize Boys Town: ...
Little Known Facts About Boys Townhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/little-known-facts-boys-town.aspxLittle Known Facts About Boys Town Most people know that Father Flanagan started Boys Town in 1917 as a refuge for homeless boys who otherwise would have lived on the streets. Many would have led lives of crime and addiction. But there’s a lot more to the story than that. In fact, ... Most people know that Father Flanagan started Boys Town in 1917 as a refuge for homeless boys who otherwise would have lived on the streets. Many would have led lives of crime and addiction. But there’s a lot more to the story than that. In fact, ...June 2nd, 2017 Boys TownMost people know that Father Flanagan started Boys Town in 1917 as a refuge for homeless boys who otherwise would have lived on the streets. Many would have led lives of crime and addiction. But there’s a lot more to the story than that. In fact, ...
7 Steps to Help a Child Who Is Cuttinghttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/7-steps-help-child-cutting.aspx7 Steps to Help a Child Who Is Cutting This article was originally published on momaha.com. When a parent discovers their child has been self-harming, their natural response can be panic. Rather than trying to imagine what they are thinking, foc... This article was originally published on momaha.com. When a parent discovers their child has been self-harming, their natural response can be panic. Rather than trying to imagine what they are thinking, foc...May 31st, 2017 Parenting Advice This article was originally published on momaha.com. When a parent discovers their child has been self-harming, their natural response can be panic. Rather than trying to imagine what they are thinking, foc...
A Toy by Any Other Name Is Still a Toyhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/toy-name-still-toy.aspxA Toy by Any Other Name Is Still a Toy Are fidget spinners or other toy-like devices helpful in reducing restlessness, inattention and motor spillover behavior in the classroom setting? My answer is unequivocally, NO. Don’t buy in to the hype.Fidget spinners, fidget cubes and small han... Are fidget spinners or other toy-like devices helpful in reducing restlessness, inattention and motor spillover behavior in the classroom setting? My answer is unequivocally, NO. Don’t buy in to the hype.Fidget spinners, fidget cubes and small han...May 26th, 2017 Parenting AdviceAre fidget spinners or other toy-like devices helpful in reducing restlessness, inattention and motor spillover behavior in the classroom setting? My answer is unequivocally, NO. Don’t buy in to the hype.Fidget spinners, fidget cubes and small han...
Your Summer Vacation Survival Guidehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/summer-vacation-survival-guide.aspxYour Summer Vacation Survival Guide We’ve all seen the movie. We all know what can happen when you pack Mom, Dad and the kids into the family car or an airplane to head across the country on vacation. So, how can you make the most of this annual tradition while minimizing the ... We’ve all seen the movie. We all know what can happen when you pack Mom, Dad and the kids into the family car or an airplane to head across the country on vacation. So, how can you make the most of this annual tradition while minimizing the ...May 24th, 2017 Parenting Advice We’ve all seen the movie. We all know what can happen when you pack Mom, Dad and the kids into the family car or an airplane to head across the country on vacation. So, how can you make the most of this annual tradition while minimizing the ...
Graduations Are Grand, But Remember to Celebrate What They Really Meanhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/graduations-grand-remember-celebrate-really-mean.aspxGraduations Are Grand, But Remember to Celebrate What They Really Mean “Keep your eyes on the prize.”It’s a saying that’s been popularized in a number of ways throughout history.There’s a reference to it in the Bible (Phillipians 3:14).It’s been a rallying cry for the Civil Rights movement.An abbreviated version ... “Keep your eyes on the prize.”It’s a saying that’s been popularized in a number of ways throughout history.There’s a reference to it in the Bible (Phillipians 3:14).It’s been a rallying cry for the Civil Rights movement.An abbreviated version ...May 23rd, 2017 Parenting Advice“Keep your eyes on the prize.”It’s a saying that’s been popularized in a number of ways throughout history.There’s a reference to it in the Bible (Phillipians 3:14).It’s been a rallying cry for the Civil Rights movement.An abbreviated version ...
4 Tips for Supporting a Child with Depressionhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/4-tips-supporting-child-depression.aspx4 Tips for Supporting a Child with Depression This article was originally shared on momaha.com. Depression affects kids in a variety of ways and can be situational or a constant in their life. There are a few things parents can do to help keep depressi... This article was originally shared on momaha.com. Depression affects kids in a variety of ways and can be situational or a constant in their life. There are a few things parents can do to help keep depressi...May 18th, 2017 Parenting Advice This article was originally shared on momaha.com. Depression affects kids in a variety of ways and can be situational or a constant in their life. There are a few things parents can do to help keep depressi...
Here’s to the Difference-Makershttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/heres-difference-makers.aspxHere’s to the Difference-Makers Boys Town has always been and will always be a nonprofit organization, which means our existence depends on the generosity and assistance of others. Our supporters include individual donors and corporations around the country who not only help fur... Boys Town has always been and will always be a nonprofit organization, which means our existence depends on the generosity and assistance of others. Our supporters include individual donors and corporations around the country who not only help fur...May 16th, 2017 Boys TownBoys Town has always been and will always be a nonprofit organization, which means our existence depends on the generosity and assistance of others. Our supporters include individual donors and corporations around the country who not only help fur...
A Mother’s Love, a Lifetime of Inspirationhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/mothers-love-lifetime-inspiration.aspxA Mother’s Love, a Lifetime of Inspiration As Mother’s Day approaches, greeting card stores are stocking up for shoppers looking for the perfect card to express their feelings about their mothers. My mother is considered the “Hallmark Queen,” a title she earned among our family members for... As Mother’s Day approaches, greeting card stores are stocking up for shoppers looking for the perfect card to express their feelings about their mothers. My mother is considered the “Hallmark Queen,” a title she earned among our family members for...May 12th, 2017 Parenting AdviceAs Mother’s Day approaches, greeting card stores are stocking up for shoppers looking for the perfect card to express their feelings about their mothers. My mother is considered the “Hallmark Queen,” a title she earned among our family members for...
America’s No. 1 War Fatherhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/americas-1-war-father.aspxAmerica’s No. 1 War Father 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...May 10th, 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...
Every Child Is a Star Waiting to Shinehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/every-child-star-waiting-shine.aspxEvery Child Is a Star Waiting to Shine During a recent walk across our beautiful campus in the Village of Boys Town, Nebraska, I happened upon a five-point star decal laying on the ground.The star, an emblem of our sports teams, the Boys Town Cowboys, must have been attached to an athl... During a recent walk across our beautiful campus in the Village of Boys Town, Nebraska, I happened upon a five-point star decal laying on the ground.The star, an emblem of our sports teams, the Boys Town Cowboys, must have been attached to an athl...May 9th, 2017 Boys TownDuring a recent walk across our beautiful campus in the Village of Boys Town, Nebraska, I happened upon a five-point star decal laying on the ground.The star, an emblem of our sports teams, the Boys Town Cowboys, must have been attached to an athl...
We Need to Talk About ‘13 Reasons Why’http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/need-talk-13-reasons.aspxWe Need to Talk About ‘13 Reasons Why’ Netflix has added warning cards before three specific episodes of its hugely popular show “13 Reasons Why.” Based on the equally popular 2007 young-adult novel of the same name, the show focuses on the suicide of a teenage girl named Hannah and th... Netflix has added warning cards before three specific episodes of its hugely popular show “13 Reasons Why.” Based on the equally popular 2007 young-adult novel of the same name, the show focuses on the suicide of a teenage girl named Hannah and th...May 8th, 2017 Parenting AdviceNetflix has added warning cards before three specific episodes of its hugely popular show “13 Reasons Why.” Based on the equally popular 2007 young-adult novel of the same name, the show focuses on the suicide of a teenage girl named Hannah and th...
Boys Town Alumna Returns to Make a Differencehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/boys-town-alumna-returns-make-difference.aspxBoys Town Alumna Returns to Make a Difference Jennifer Lawrence, a 2006 Boys Town graduate, recently reflected on why she considers Boys Town her home. After serving 10 years in the Navy, Jennifer returned to Boys Town to become a staff member and currently works at our high school. When ... Jennifer Lawrence, a 2006 Boys Town graduate, recently reflected on why she considers Boys Town her home. After serving 10 years in the Navy, Jennifer returned to Boys Town to become a staff member and currently works at our high school. When ...May 5th, 2017 Boys Town Jennifer Lawrence, a 2006 Boys Town graduate, recently reflected on why she considers Boys Town her home. After serving 10 years in the Navy, Jennifer returned to Boys Town to become a staff member and currently works at our high school. When ...