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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.

 

 

Gathering a Harvest of Hopehttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/gathering-a-harvest-of-hope.aspxGathering a Harvest of HopeNovember 22nd, 2017Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys TownParenting AdviceGrowing up in small-town Nebraska, you learn a thing or two about fall harvest. It's the payoff for a big investment of hard work, faith and hopefulness.
The Boys Town Story: 1977-1987http://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/TheBoysTownStory1977-1987.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1977-1987November 20th, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys TownIn 1977, the Boys Town Institute for Communication Disorders in Children opened, specializing in clinical and research programs focusing on childhood deafness, visual impairment and related communication disorders.
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 AloneNovember 17th, 2017Boys Town ContributorParenting 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: 1967-1977November 15th, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 ServiceNovember 10th, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 YouthNovember 8th, 2017Lisa, Former Boys Town Youth and Boys Town ContributorBoys 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: 1957–1967November 7th, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 SchoolNovember 2nd, 2017Boys Town ContributorParenting 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 MemoriesOctober 31st, 2017Marie Ruhter, Boys Town Family-TeacherParenting 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’ ListOctober 31st, 2017Victoria S | Assistant Family-TeacherNorth Florida Residential TransitionParenting 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: 1947–1957October 31st, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 – 1947October 27th, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 SetOctober 25th, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 BulliedOctober 23rd, 2017Laura Kelley, Crisis counselor for the Boys Town National Hotline and the Nebraska Family HelplineParenting 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 ProblemOctober 19th, 2017Boys Town ContributorParenting 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: 1927–1937October 17, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 BullyOctober 12, 2017James T. Craig, PhD, PLP, LMHPParenting 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: 1917–1927Boys Town ContributorBoys 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’October 6th, 2017Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director of Boys TownParenting 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?October 3rd, 2017Boys Town ContributorParenting 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 FoundationSeptember 29th, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 ConferencesSeptember 27th, 2017Kristin Bieber, Ph.D., Boys Town Child and Adolescent PsychologistParenting 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 DisasterSeptember 25th, 2017Boys Town ContributorParenting 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 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...
America’s No. 1 War Dadhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/americas-1-war-dad.aspxAmerica’s No. 1 War DadSeptember 8th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 KidsSeptember 7th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorParenting 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 WasSeptember 6th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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.September 1st, 2017 Daniel Daly, Boys Town PsychologistParenting 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 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...
America’s First Boy Bandhttp://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/first-boy-band.aspxAmerica’s First Boy BandAugust 29th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 NewsAugust 25th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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-ParentAugust 22nd, 2017 Maggie McGill, Boys Town In Home Family ConsultantParenting 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 HistoryAugust 17th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 RightAugust 15th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorParenting 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 MovingAugust 11th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 ChildAugust 9th, 2017 Angela Nott, Boys Town Cross Country Coach and TeacherParenting 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?August 3rd, 2017 Greg Snyder, Ph. D. | Boys Town Staff PsychologistParenting 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 WorkspaceAugust 1st, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 TraveledJuly 27th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 SummerJuly 25th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorParenting 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 BooksJuly 21st, 2017 Boys Town Contributor, Mother or 11-year-old son and 9-and 4-year-old daughtersParenting 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 VacationJuly 19th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 TogetherJuly 18th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 GradsJuly 12th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 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...
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 SummerJuly 5th, 2017 Laura Buddenberg, Manager Training and Community Outreach, Mother of twoParenting 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 EverywhereJune 29th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 PrideJune 27th, 2017 Father Steven Boes, Boys Town President and National Executive DirectorBoys 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 PlayJune 22nd, 2017 Dr. Connie J. Schnoes, Ph.D. | Staff Psychologist | Boys Town Center for Behavioral HealthParenting 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 StoryJune 20th, 2017 Boys Town ContributorBoys 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...