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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.

 

 

Win with Class and Lose with Dignityhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/win-class-lose-dignity.aspxWin with Class and Lose with DignityNovember 10th, 2015 Kevin Kush, Boys Town Football Coach and TeacherBoys TownIn sports, there’s nothing more unattractive and unpleasant than poor winners and sore losers. Poor winners brag about their performance and blow their own horn to make themselves look good. They don’t care if they bother or upset their opponents,...
Standing on the Shoulders of Geniushttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/standing-shoulders-genius.aspxStanding on the Shoulders of GeniusSeptember 21st, 2017Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director of Boys TownBoys 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...
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 LessonsAugust 31st, 2017 By Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys TownBoys 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...
3 Ways Parents Can Help Their Athlete Handle Disappointment, Adversityhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/3-ways-parents-can-help-athlete-handle-disappointment-adversity.aspx3 Ways Parents Can Help Their Athlete Handle Disappointment, AdversityAugust 14th, 2015 Kevin Kush, Boys Town Football Coach and TeacherBoys Town This article was originally posted on Momaha on July 29th, 2015. Life is full of ups and downs. So are youth sports.If your son or daughter participates in athletics, they will, at some point, lo...
Skills for Coaches: Praise and Compliment Young Athleteshttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/skills-coaches-praise-compliment-young-athletes.aspxSkills for Coaches: Praise and Compliment Young AthletesNovember 2nd, 2016 Kevin Kush, Boys Town Football Coach and TeacherParenting Advice This article was originally featured on Momaha on August 29th, 2016. Many activities compete for kids’ attention today. Youngsters have lots of options for how to spend their free time – the internet,...
Teaching Tolerance, Acceptance and Respect for the Next Generationhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/teaching-tolerance-acceptance-respect-next-generation.aspxTeaching Tolerance, Acceptance and Respect for the Next GenerationJanuary 10th, 2017 Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director of Boys TownParenting Advice2016 was a year when a number of tragic, attention-getting events further illuminated the great need for tolerance, acceptance, awareness, respect and social justice in our country.Month after month, the stories seemed to be endless:A police o...
Easter, Passover Highlight the Foundation of Faith All Kids Needhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/easter-passover-highlight-foundation-faith-kids-need.aspxEaster, Passover Highlight the Foundation of Faith All Kids NeedApril 14th, 2017 By Father Steven Boes | President and National Executive Director | Boys TownParenting AdviceNo time of the year better reflects the work we do to help hurting children and families than Easter and Passover. Both holidays are celebrations of faith, renewal and redemption, which is what our boys and girls experience every day as they move ...
One Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes to Teaching Students Social Skills and Behavior Managementhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/one-size-fit-comes-teaching-students-social-skills-behavior-management.aspxOne Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes to Teaching Students Social Skills and Behavior ManagementSeptember 22nd, 2015 Erin Green,Director, Boys Town National Training & Boys Town Press ServicesBoys TownEvery year, Boys Town National Training provides training and consultation services to hundreds of schools and thousands of educators across the United States and throughout the world. These services are based on the Boys Town Education Model®, wh...
Parenting to Pull the Plug on Bullying Behaviorhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/parenting-pull-plug-bullying-behavior.aspxParenting to Pull the Plug on Bullying BehaviorOctober 6th, 2016 Father Steven Boes, Boys Town President and National Executive DirectorParenting AdviceRecently at one of our local high schools in Omaha, a deaf student was targeted by bullies.In this particular incident, two other students took the deaf student’s backpack and dumped it and its contents, including a tablet and a bank card, in a sc...
Over Commitment: How to Know When Too Much Is Too Muchhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/committment-know-much-much.aspxOver Commitment: How to Know When Too Much Is Too MuchSeptember 11th, 2015 Erin Sorensen, Online Engagement Specialist and Cheerleading Coach at Boys TownBoys TownNot long ago, I had to stop one of my cheerleaders and tell her to take a deep breath. She was rushing from volleyball practice to make it to cheer practice on time and she was flustered. She had misplaced her volleyball jersey and now her cheer b...
Sharing My Story of Changehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/sharing-story-change.aspxSharing My Story of ChangeMay 11th, 2016 Sonya Brown, Boys Town Louisiana Alum and Staff MemberBoys TownI recently had the privilege of participating in a hearing with three Louisiana state senators to address the needs of young women who are involved in the juvenile justice system. In one-on-one meetings, we discussed juvenile justice in the foster...
The Power of Praise: All ‘4-to-1’ and One for Allhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/power-praise-4-1-one.aspxThe Power of Praise: All ‘4-to-1’ and One for AllSeptember 3rd, 2015 Terry Hyland,Boys Town Press Book Co-Author,Father and GrandfatherBoys TownIn the restaurant business, there’s something called the “3:11 rule.” It means that if diners have a good meal and a positive dining experience, they are likely to tell three people about it. However, if their dining experience is sub-par or u...
Teens and Self-Harmhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/teens-self-harm-2.aspxTeens and Self-HarmJuly 2nd, 2015 Kristen Hallstrom, Manager of Boys Town National HotlineBoys TownAt the hotline we deal with victims of self-harm every day. The majority of adults we speak to think the idea of deliberately hurting yourself to achieve relief from guilt or stress is unthinkable. But to a teen, self-harm is easy. It’s fast. It’s...
Increasing Your Child’s Independence and Initiativehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/increasing-childs-independence-initiative.aspxIncreasing Your Child’s Independence and InitiativeJanuary 5th, 2017 Chris McGinnis, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Clinic Director for Boys Town South Florida’s Behavioral Health ClinicParenting AdviceEver feel like you’re doing too much to help your child or teen be successful but with very little success? For example, without sitting down with your child and helping with homework you know it would never get done? And yet your child is getti...
Giving Your Children the Gift of the Holidayshttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/giving-children-gift-holidays.aspxGiving Your Children the Gift of the HolidaysNovember 23rd, 2015 Father Steven Boes, Boys Town National Executive DirectorBoys TownThe last six weeks of the year are a magical time, here at Boys Town and across our great nation, as families prepare to celebrate that final stretch of holidays, from Thanksgiving, to Hanukkah, to Christmas, to New Year’s Day.Holidays are special...
Tyler’s Journey: An Updatehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/tylers-journey-update.aspxTyler’s Journey: An UpdateApril 7th, 2015 Guest Blogger + Boys Town GraduateBoys TownHello! My name is Tyler Simmons and I am a Boys Town graduate from the class of 2012. I can remember that graduation day like yesterday, and I can say it has been one of the best experiences of my life still. As of today I am ...
More Apps Your Kids Should Avoidhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/apps-kids-avoid.aspxMore Apps Your Kids Should AvoidJune 7th, 2017 Boys Town ContributerParenting 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...
Respect Officials at Sporting Eventshttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/respect-officials-sporting-events.aspxRespect Officials at Sporting EventsOctober 2nd, 2015 Coach Kevin Kush,Boys Town Football Coach and TeacherBoys TownWhat appeared to be an intentional attack against an official during a high school football game in Texas last month that was captured on video is causing high school sports administrators around the country to remind coaches, players, and parents...
Raising a Child With Integrityhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/raising-child-integrity.aspxRaising a Child With IntegrityDecember 18th, 2015 Boys Town ContributorBoys TownYou have many jobs as a parent. You must keep your children safe from harm. You must clothe, feed and shelter them. You must see to their education and their health. You must nurture and support them as they grow, both physically and mentally. And...
Is Reality TV Good for Kids? Not Really.http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/reality-tv-good-kids-really.aspxIs Reality TV Good for Kids? Not Really.December 27th, 2016 Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director at Boys TownParenting AdviceTelevision reality shows are supposed to entertain us by providing an unscripted, unrehearsed look at how people deal with different real-life situations. Oftentimes, the “stars” of the shows are in competition with each other, vying for a cash pr...
Boys Town’s National Reach and Impacthttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/boys-towns-national-reach-impact.aspxBoys Town’s National Reach and ImpactApril 28th, 2015 Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director of Boys TownBoys Town On beautiful spring days like today, I love to sit outside and reflect on all of God’s glorious deeds. The miracles of the heart that happen for the young people in our care at Boys Town would certainly be high on that list for me. What an abso...
Kids and Crisis: Tragedies in Orlandohttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/kids-crisis-tragedies-orlando.aspxKids and Crisis: Tragedies in OrlandoJune 16th, 2016 Dan Daly,  Executive Vice President, Director of Youth Care, Boys TownParenting AdviceThis has been a truly terrible week for the people of Orlando, Florida, and for the nation as a whole. Our hearts go out to those affected by the recent tragic events.For parents of young children, times like these — when you can’t seem to turn on...
Self-Harm: Signs, Prevention and How to Talk to Children, Adolescents About Ithttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/self-harm-signs-prevention-talk-children-adolescents.aspxSelf-Harm: Signs, Prevention and How to Talk to Children, Adolescents About ItMarch 11th, 2016 Kristin E. Bieber, Ph.D., a staff psychologist with Boys Town Center for Behavioral HealthParenting Advice This post was first published on Momaha.com. Self-harm can sometimes first occur at the transition between childhood to adolescence. It’s around this time...
Education Has Always Been the Cornerstone of Success at Boys Townhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/education-always-cornerstone-success-boys-town.aspxEducation Has Always Been the Cornerstone of Success at Boys TownSeptember 13th, 2016 Tom Lynch, Director of Community Programs and the Boys Town Hall of HistoryBoys TownIn 1917, Father Edward J. Flanagan founded Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, as a revolutionary home for children. At Boys Town, children were valued, nurtured and cared for with compassion and understanding.Why were Father Flanagan’s ideas and practi...
Is It Okay to Discipline Other People’s Kids?http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/okay-discipline-peoples-kids.aspxIs It Okay to Discipline Other People’s Kids?April 13th, 2015 Bridget Barnes, DirectorCommon Sense Parenting, Mother of twoParenting Advice The Breakfast Club . Not long ago, I was in a situation when I had to ask myself, “Is it okay to discipline other people’s children?” We were on vacation, staying at a hotel that provided a complimentary breakfast. One morning, ...
Tips for Helping Your Kids in the Aftermath of a Tragedyhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/tips-helping-kids-aftermath-tragedy.aspxTips for Helping Your Kids in the Aftermath of a TragedyMarch 24th, 2016 Dr. Dan Daly, Executive Vice President of Youth CareBoys Town This post was first published on Momaha.com. Today’s world can be a scary place for kids. With stories about shootings and accidents in the news on a regular basis, and this week’s te...
Summer Reading: What Should My Kids Read?http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/summer-reading-part-two-kids-read.aspxSummer Reading: What Should My Kids Read?June 23rd, 2015 Jennifer Bell, Manager of Boys Town Reading CenterBoys TownKeeping our children reading throughout the summer is important. We recently looked at ways you can encourage your children to read, but you may now be wondering what exactly your children should be reading. As the Manager of ...
Protecting Your Child, in Good Faith, from the Media Minefieldhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/protecting-child-good-faith-media-minefield.aspxProtecting Your Child, in Good Faith, from the Media MinefieldOctober 22nd, 2015 By Father Steven Boes, National Executive Director, Boys Town  Parenting AdviceIt used to be that a parent’s greatest fear was sending his or her child out into the world, where they might face all sorts of potential dangers.Now parents are even more frightened by the prospect of technology bringing the dangers of the world ...
Catch Them Being Goodhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/catch-them-being-good.aspxCatch Them Being GoodJune 4th, 2014 Boys Town Contributor, Mother of eight-year-old son and six and one-year-old daughtersParenting AdviceBoys Town parenting puts a great deal of focus on positive consequences vs. negative consequences. The idea is if you catch them being good and recognize this, you will head off the negative behavior and not have to give negative consequences. I h...
7 Ways to Teach Your Teen How to Disagree Appropriatelyhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/7-ways-teach-teen-disagree-appropriately.aspx7 Ways to Teach Your Teen How to Disagree AppropriatelySeptember 7th, 2016 Laura Buddenberg, Boys Town ExpertParenting Advice This article was originally featured on Momaha.com July 14, 2016. Teens love to argue their viewpoints. In fact, if you’re the parent of a teen, you often may feel like you’re living with a ...
A Desperate Call for Help is Answeredhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/desperate-call-help-answered.aspxA Desperate Call for Help is AnsweredMarch 14th, 2016 Elizabeth, caller of The Boys Town National Hotline​ Boys TownThe following is an actual letter from a young woman who was engaging in self-harm. I want to thank you for all you have done for me. I remember learning of the Your Life Your Voice website when I was around eighteen, and I used it often between...
Character Revealed and Rewarded: Boys Town’s Shaquil Barrett Set for Super Bowl 50http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/character-revealed-rewarded-boys-towns-shaquil-barrett-set-super-bowl-50.aspxCharacter Revealed and Rewarded: Boys Town’s Shaquil Barrett Set for Super Bowl 50February 1st, 2016 Kevin Kush, Boys Town Football Coach and Teacher Boys TownOn February 7, one of Boys Town’s very own will be competing in Super Bowl 50. Shaquil Barrett, a 2010 graduate, will be on the field as an outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos.As Boys Town’s head football coach, I had the pleasure of c...
Boys Town Admissions: Finding the Kids Who Need Our Helphttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/boys-town-admissions-finding-kids-need-help.aspxBoys Town Admissions: Finding the Kids Who Need Our HelpMay 18th, 2015 Chris Miller, Boys Town National AdmissionsBoys TownBoys Town is a place where kids get second chances and learn how to make good choices. At Boys Town Admissions, we work every day to find boys and girls who are ready to turn their lives around and experience success in school, at home and in thei...
Trauma, Tragedy and Childrenhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/trauma-tragedy-children.aspxTrauma, Tragedy and ChildrenSeptember 19th, 2016 Dr. Reznicek, Superintendent, Boys Town High SchoolParenting AdviceAn earthquake in China kills thousands. A suicide bomber in Iraq destroys a mosque during Friday prayer. A gunman takes the lives of scores of innocents in a Florida nightclub. On every television, on every device, tragedy is everywhere. Sometimes...
Back to School at Boys Townhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/back-school-boys-town.aspxBack to School at Boys TownAugust 19th, 2015 Julie Mooney, Boys Town High School TeacherBoys TownA new school year is beginning at Boys Town. That means new faces, new expectations and new beginnings for many of our students. Some have been with us over the summer, while others are just joining us. Our students, like those everywhere, are usu...
Father Flanagan Never Lost Touch with Hometown Ballymoehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/father-flanagan-never-lost-touch-hometown-ballymoe.aspxFather Flanagan Never Lost Touch with Hometown BallymoeNovember 20th, 2015 Tom Lynch, Director of Community Programs and the Boys Town Hall of HistoryBoys TownIn 1886, Boys Town founder Father Edward J. Flanagan was born in the township of Leabeg, County Roscommon, Ireland. But while Leabeg was his place of birth, Father Flanagan always considered the nearby village of Ballymoe, County Galway, as his ho...
Through the Decades, Christmas Traditions Have Brought Holiday Happiness to Boys Town Youthhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/decades-christmas-traditions-brought-holiday-happiness-boys-town-youth.aspxThrough the Decades, Christmas Traditions Have Brought Holiday Happiness to Boys Town YouthDecember 14th, 2015 Tom Lynch, Director of Community Programs and Boys Town Hall of HistoryBoys Town “No season of the entire year brings with it such warmth of feeling and such a sense of peace as Christmas time.” Servant of God Edward Flanagan Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys had been open only eight days when the boys in Se...
Knowing Where They Came From Can Help Prepare Youth for Where They’re Goinghttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/knowing-came-can-help-prepare-youth-theyre-going.aspxKnowing Where They Came From Can Help Prepare Youth for Where They’re GoingMay 4th, 2017 Father Steven Boes | President and National Executive Director | Boys TownParenting AdviceGenealogy – the study of ancestry and family history – can be a fun and interesting pastime for parents and children.Some families may have a tradition of looking through old photo albums or having an older relative share stories of days past duri...
That’s Just RUDE!http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/thats-just-rude.aspxThat’s Just RUDE!July 24th, 2015 Julia Cook, Children’s Book AuthorBoys TownAccording to The Washington Post, a recent research study indicates that children who scored well on social competence indicators were four times more likely to get a college degree by age 25 than children who score...
The Day Father Flanagan Diedhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/day-father-flanagan-died.aspxThe Day Father Flanagan DiedMay 15th, 2015 Tom Lynch, Director of Community Programs and the Boys Town Hall of HistoryBoys Town It was a story made famous by Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. During the winter of 1917, Father Edward J. Flanagan borrowed $90 from a friend and turned an Omaha boardinghouse into a residence for homeless and neglected boys.The young Irish...
Working Together to Improve Child Carehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/working-together-improve-child-care.aspxWorking Together to Improve Child CareDecember 28th, 2014 Father BoesBoys TownMy heart breaks when I hear what some of the children and families we serve went through before coming to Boys Town.As a child, Edward suffered abuse for 12 years before he was able to break free and get help. Today, he receiv...
Christmas at Boys Town: An Inside Lookhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/christmas-boys-town-inside-look.aspxChristmas at Boys Town: An Inside LookDecember 20th, 2016 Boys Town ContributerBoys TownThink about your favorite Christmas memories as a child. Waking up early and pressing your face to the window to see if it snowed. Running downstairs to see what Santa left under the tree. Marveling at the twinkling lights and the warmth that can ...
Today’s Boys Town Care Is a Family Affairhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/todays-boys-town-family-services-care.aspxToday’s Boys Town Care Is a Family AffairFebruary 28th, 2017 Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys TownBoys TownFather Edward Flanagan was a true visionary. When he founded Boys Town nearly a century ago in December 1917 as a humble home for wayward boys, Father Flanagan’s bigger dream was to someday reach out to help children all across America. Through so...
Avoid ‘Summer Slide’ and Make Learning Funhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/avoid-summer-slide-make-learning-fun.aspxAvoid ‘Summer Slide’ and Make Learning FunJuly 5th, 2016 Samantha Whaley, MPA, Boys Town ExpertParenting AdviceNow that the school year has ended, what are your kids up to? If they’re like most, they’re sleeping late and spending extra time watching television and playing video games. Maybe they’re spending some time with their friends. Chances are, they’r...
You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answershttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/youve-got-questions-weve-got-answers.aspxYou’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got AnswersApril 26th, 2017 Kristen Hallstrom, Manager of Boys Town National HotlineParenting Advice Each year, the Boys Town National Hotline receives hundreds of thousands of calls and online inquiries regarding a host of issues affecting children, teenagers and parents. We recently talked to Kristen Hallstrom, manager of the Boys Town Natio...
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 MeanMay 23rd, 2017 Father Steven Boes | President and National Executive Director | Boys TownParenting 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 ...
Sib Wars: Tips for Keeping the Peace in Your Homehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/sib-wars-tips-keeping-peace-home.aspxSib Wars: Tips for Keeping the Peace in Your HomeJuly 10th, 2015 Julia Cook, Children’s Book AuthorBoys Town“Give it back!”“Stop that!”“He won’t share!”“I had it first!”“She kicked me!”“That’s not fair!”Sound familiar? Oh, when your kids just can’t seem to get along… GRRRRRR!I vividly remember fighting with my older sister over who got to sit in the fro...
My View from the Passenger Seat – Teaching My Teen to Drivehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/view-passenger-seat-teaching-teen-drive.aspxMy View from the Passenger Seat – Teaching My Teen to DriveApril 22nd, 2015 Boys Town ContributorFather of four teenagers: ages 13,15,17 and 18Parenting Advice Teachable moments can come from a wide variety of sources, including other parents. From time to time parents write blogs for us that we think you will find interesting, useful, or entertaining. Please enjoy this post from a fellow parent. Ask ...
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 MustJune 14th, 2017 Father Steven Boes | President and National Executive Director | Boys TownParenting 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...
Raising Compassionate Childrenhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/raising-compassionate-children-tips-teaching-children-compassion.aspxRaising Compassionate ChildrenJuly 11th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorParenting 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...