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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.

 

 

US Presidents and Boys Townhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/us-presidents-and-boys-town.aspxUS Presidents and Boys TownFather Edward J. Flanagan was an immigrant to America, and he treasured the freedoms his adopted country offered. When founding Boys Town in 1917, ...Boys TownFebruary 19th, 2018<p></p><p>Father Edward J. Flanagan was an immigrant to America, and he treasured the freedoms his adopted country offered. When founding Boys Town in 1917, he stated one of his goals was to create good American citizens who actively carried out their civic responsibilities. As role models for the boys, and to help promote his ministry, Father Flanagan sought the support of several United States presidents.</p><p>In the 1920's, President Calvin Coolidge would spend part of the summer in Wisconsin. One year, Father Flanagan made arrangements for the Boys Town Juvenile Entertainers to provide Coolidge with a special concert. Impressed by the entertainment, the president posed for a photograph with Father Flanagan and the boys. </p><p>One president Father Flanagan often discussed with the boys was Herbert Hoover. President Hoover had been an orphan who went on to become the leader of America. Father Flanagan shared Hoover's story with the boys to show them that they too could achieve anything – even becoming president. In the 1930's, Father Flanagan and boys made a pilgrimage to Hoover's birthplace in West Branch, Iowa to learn more about his unique life.</p><p>As news of Father Flanagan's work spread across America, thousands of people visited Boys Town including a future president and first lady. In November 1932, presidential candidate Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, visited the Home. Impressed by their tour, Roosevelt stated Boys Town was "…one of the most beautiful places" on their travels. This visit would have lasting impression on Roosevelt.</p><p>After being elected president in 1932, Roosevelt reached out to Father Flanagan seeking his assistance for the children of America. The Great Depression and Dust Bowl had led to many families losing their homes and thousands of children were left to fend for themselves. Father Flanagan offered Boys Town and its programs as examples regarding how to serve these children and families. In a White House meeting with Father Flanagan, President Roosevelt stated, "…American needed forty-nine more Father Flanagan's." </p><p>With the outbreak of WWII, Father Flanagan was appointed to several national commissions created to study the effect of the war on American children and families. As the war came to an end, Father Flanagan offered his expertise to help children all over the world.</p><p>President Harry Truman, like President Roosevelt, considered Father Flanagan one of the leading experts in childcare. Truman sought Father Flanagan's advice on many issues involving children and families. In 1947, Father Flanagan began his mission to Asia to access the effects of the war on the children of Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. This successful mission lead President Truman to request Father Flanagan also travel to Europe.</p><p>In May 1948, while on a presidential mission to Europe, Father Flanagan passed way in Berlin, Germany. President Truman ordered Father Flanagan's remains to be returned to Boys Town for burial. Several days following his funeral, President Truman came to Boys Town to pay his respects to the boys and staff, and to lay flowers on Father Flanagan's tomb. In the decades that followed, Truman paid several more visits to Boys Town.</p><p>In the 1970's, Monsignor Robert Hupp – the third national executive director of Boys Town – received a special request from President Gerald Ford. In September 1976, President Ford appointed Monsignor Hupp to be a special representative to the United Nations. The year 1976 was the United Nations "International Year of the Child," and President Ford wanted Monsignor Hupp to represent America due to the continued success of the Boys Town youth care programs.</p><p>Over the decades, American presidents have looked to Boys Town as the model of care for children and families. Created in 1917 with a borrowed $90 by Father Flanagan, Boys Town has evolved and changed over the years but its mission to save children and heal families has never wavered. </p><p>Click the photo below to view entire gallery.</p> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="#"> <img class="spec-border" alt="1920's- Boys Town Band with Father Flanagan and President Calvin Coolidge." src="/blog/PublishingImages/1920s-band-flanagan-coolidge.jpg" /> </a> <div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="1947- President Truman arriving at Dowd Chapel." class="image-group cboxElement" href="/blog/PublishingImages/1947-truman-dowd-chapel.jpg"> </a> <a title="1947- President Truman with Father Flanagan." class="image-group cboxElement" href="/blog/PublishingImages/1947-flanagan-with-truman.jpg"> </a><a title="1978- President Gerald Ford." class="image-group cboxElement" href="/blog/PublishingImages/1978-Ford.jpg"> </a> </div> <br> <br> <p class="headline"> <a href="/blog/Documents/1932-FDR-Mrs-Roosevelt-visit-Boys-Town.PDF"> <img class="spec-border" src="/blog/PublishingImages/1932-Roosevelt-visit.jpg" alt="Governor Roosevelt Visits Home" /></a> </p><p class="headline"> <a href="/blog/Documents/1938-FDR-Father-Flanagan.PDF"> <img class="spec-border" src="/blog/PublishingImages/1938-FDR.jpg" alt="Boys Town Priest Visits City On Way to Aid Young ​Slayer" /></a> </p>

 

 

US Presidents and Boys Townhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/us-presidents-and-boys-town.aspxUS Presidents and Boys TownFather Edward J. Flanagan was an immigrant to America, and he treasured the freedoms his adopted country offered. When founding Boys Town in 1917, ...February 19th, 2018Boys TownFather Edward J. Flanagan was an immigrant to America, and he treasured the freedoms his adopted country offered. When founding Boys Town in 1917, ...
Championships Are Won at Practice; Mastering Social Skills Is Just the Same!https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/championships-won-at-practice-mastering-social-skills-Is-just-same.aspxChampionships Are Won at Practice; Mastering Social Skills Is Just the Same!Championships Are Won at Practice; Mastering Social Skills Is Just the Same!February 15, 2018Boys TownChampionships Are Won at Practice; Mastering Social Skills Is Just the Same!
How to help your kids after disappointmenthttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/how-to-help-your-kids-after-disappointment.aspxHow to help your kids after disappointmentThis article first appeared on Momaha.com on Nov. 23, 2017. As kids grow and gain more experience in life, they encounter disappointment more often...February 7, 2018Parenting AdviceThis article first appeared on Momaha.com on Nov. 23, 2017. As kids grow and gain more experience in life, they encounter disappointment more often...
Let the Games (and Valuable Life Lessons) Begin!https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/sports-teaching-character-of-olympic-proportions.aspxLet the Games (and Valuable Life Lessons) Begin!At Boys Town, we encourage all of our students to get involved in extracurricular activities. While many of the kids who come to Boys Town may not end up in the Olympics, being involved in sports on campus will benefit them a great deal.February 2nd, 2018Parenting AdviceAt Boys Town, we encourage all of our students to get involved in extracurricular activities. While many of the kids who come to Boys Town may not end up in the Olympics, being involved in sports on campus will benefit them a great deal.
Take the ‘Valentine’s Day Parenting Challenge’ and Praise Your Kids All February Longhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/take-valentines-parenting-challenge-and-praise-your-kids-all-february.aspxTake the ‘Valentine’s Day Parenting Challenge’ and Praise Your Kids All February LongFebruary can be a bleak, forgettable month. Winter still holds most of us in its icy grip and we're still a good month or two away from spring weat...January 31, 2018Parenting AdviceFebruary can be a bleak, forgettable month. Winter still holds most of us in its icy grip and we're still a good month or two away from spring weat...
Tadlock Roofing president jumps at opportunity to skydive for Boys Town North Floridahttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/skydiving-celebration.aspxTadlock Roofing president jumps at opportunity to skydive for Boys Town North FloridaThe president of Tadlock Roofing said he would jump out of a plane and match $10,000 if the community could raise that much for Boys Town North Florida on Giving Tuesday.January 26th, 2018Boys TownThe president of Tadlock Roofing said he would jump out of a plane and match $10,000 if the community could raise that much for Boys Town North Florida on Giving Tuesday.
Life’s Crazy-Busy, So Let’s ‘T-I-M-E’ the Beastly Family Schedulehttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/lifes-crazy-busy-lets-time-the-beastly-schedule.aspxLife’s Crazy-Busy, So Let’s ‘T-I-M-E’ the Beastly Family ScheduleHave you ever heard the saying about how kids spell the word love? If you have, then you know they spell it T I M E.January 9, 2018Parenting AdviceHave you ever heard the saying about how kids spell the word love? If you have, then you know they spell it T I M E.
Adding Fun and Flexibility to Family Routineshttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/adding-fun-and-flexibility-to-family-routines.aspxAdding Fun and Flexibility to Family RoutinesAs any seasoned parent will tell you, routines are awesome—until they’re not.January 2, 2018Parenting AdviceAs any seasoned parent will tell you, routines are awesome—until they’re not.
What would you say to someone considering donating to Boys Town?https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/what-would-you-say-to-someone-considering-donating-to-bt.aspxWhat would you say to someone considering donating to Boys Town?In 2016, Boys Town served more than 10,000 children nationwide—children just like Kelsey, Tanner, Destiny, and Sommer. Your donations help us provide the life-changing second chances these youth deserve, and for that, we thank you.Boys TownIn 2016, Boys Town served more than 10,000 children nationwide—children just like Kelsey, Tanner, Destiny, and Sommer. Your donations help us provide the life-changing second chances these youth deserve, and for that, we thank you.
Even in the Air, Parenting Can Be Grounded in Common Sensehttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/even-in-the-air-parenting-can-be-grounded-in-common-sense.aspxEven in the Air, Parenting Can Be Grounded in Common SenseIf you are traveling by air as we head into the new year, you know what to expect during this busy holiday season.December 26th, 2017Boys TownIf you are traveling by air as we head into the new year, you know what to expect during this busy holiday season.
Saving Children, Changing Lives and Continuing to Make Holiday Memories at 100 Years and Countinghttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/saving-children-changing-lives-and-continuing-holiday-memories-at-100-Years-and-counting.aspxSaving Children, Changing Lives and Continuing to Make Holiday Memories at 100 Years and CountingOne hundred years ago, a dream became reality for a young Catholic priest. On December 12, 1917, Father Edward J. Flanagan founded his Home for Boys in downtown Omaha, providing a refuge for youngsters who had nowhere else to go.December 20, 2017Boys TownOne hundred years ago, a dream became reality for a young Catholic priest. On December 12, 1917, Father Edward J. Flanagan founded his Home for Boys in downtown Omaha, providing a refuge for youngsters who had nowhere else to go.
The Boys Town Story: 2007 - Presenthttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/The-Boys-Town-Story-2007---Present.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 2007 - PresentFather Boes rang in another decade of Boys Town by paying tribute to Father Flanagan and visiting his home in Ireland to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Boys Town’s founding.December 11th, 2017Boys TownFather Boes rang in another decade of Boys Town by paying tribute to Father Flanagan and visiting his home in Ireland to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Boys Town’s founding.
Preteaching: A Key to Holiday Happinesshttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/preteaching-a-key-to-holiday-happiness.aspxPreteaching: A Key to Holiday HappinessDecorations, carols, family gatherings, celebrating Christ's birth and the inevitable temper tantrums of children of all ages who didn't get what they wanted for Christmas.December 7th, 2017Parenting AdviceDecorations, carols, family gatherings, celebrating Christ's birth and the inevitable temper tantrums of children of all ages who didn't get what they wanted for Christmas.
The Boys Town Story: 1997-2007https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/The-Boys-Town-Story-1997-2007.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1997-2007The late nineties brought about more expansion and innovation from Boys Town, including implementing the Common Sense Parenting® program training for parents at bases around the world as part of the U.S. Air Force Family Advocacy Program.December 4, 2017Boys TownThe late nineties brought about more expansion and innovation from Boys Town, including implementing the Common Sense Parenting® program training for parents at bases around the world as part of the U.S. Air Force Family Advocacy Program.
Experiencing Present Overload? Fa-la-la-low the '4-Gift Rule'https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/present-overload.aspxExperiencing Present Overload? Fa-la-la-low the '4-Gift Rule'In the run-up to Christmas, amid all the holiday sales and marketing messages that scream, "Buy! Buy! Buy!," it's easy for parents to go a little crazy trying to fill that empty space under the tree with lots of presents for their kids.November 30th, 2017Parenting AdviceIn the run-up to Christmas, amid all the holiday sales and marketing messages that scream, "Buy! Buy! Buy!," it's easy for parents to go a little crazy trying to fill that empty space under the tree with lots of presents for their kids.
The Boys Town Story: 1987-1997https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/boys-town-story-1987-1997.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1987-1997This decade brought major expansion and change to the Boys Town organizational model, including opening new sites in New England, West Palm Beach, and Las Vegas.November 28th, 2017Boys TownThis decade brought major expansion and change to the Boys Town organizational model, including opening new sites in New England, West Palm Beach, and Las Vegas.
Gathering a Harvest of Hopehttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/gathering-a-harvest-of-hope.aspxGathering a Harvest of HopeGrowing 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.November 22nd, 2017Parenting 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: 1977-1987https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/TheBoysTownStory1977-1987.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1977-1987In 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.November 20th, 2017Boys 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 Alonehttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/feeling-out-of-touch-in-your-own-home.aspxFeeling Out of Touch in Your Own Home? You’re Not AloneFor so many families, the pace of life has sped up so rapidly that parents feel like they’ve lost touch with their own kids. And it doesn’t seem to matter if the kids are 7 or 17.November 17th, 2017Parenting AdviceFor so many families, the pace of life has sped up so rapidly that parents feel like they’ve lost touch with their own kids. And it doesn’t seem to matter if the kids are 7 or 17.
The Boys Town Story: 1967-1977https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/the-boys-town-story-1967-1977.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1967-1977Vice President Hubert Humphrey delivered the commencement address to graduates during Boys Town’s 50th anniversary in 1967.November 15th, 2017Boys TownVice President Hubert Humphrey delivered the commencement address to graduates during Boys Town’s 50th anniversary in 1967.
Alum's Role in History Exemplified Boys Town's Courageous Spirit of Military Servicehttps://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 ServiceNavy Commander Lloyd “Pete” Bucher (left) received a hero’s welcome from Monsignor Nicholas Wegner, Executive Director of Boys Town, and the entire citizenry of Boys Town...November 10th, 2017Boys TownNavy Commander Lloyd “Pete” Bucher (left) received a hero’s welcome from Monsignor Nicholas Wegner, Executive Director of Boys Town, and the entire citizenry of Boys Town...
Six Questions with a Former Boys Town Youthhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/six-questions-with-a-former-boys-town-youth.aspxSix Questions with a Former Boys Town Youth1. Tell me a little about life before Boys Town. I grew up in a single-mother household with a mother who never wanted me. And she made sure I knew that.November 8th, 2017Boys Town1. Tell me a little about life before Boys Town. I grew up in a single-mother household with a mother who never wanted me. And she made sure I knew that.
The Boys Town Story: 1957–1967https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/the-bt-story-1957-1967.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1957–1967In 1957, Boys Town began to receive national recognition and iconic visitors who were eager to learn about the village.November 7th, 2017Boys TownIn 1957, Boys Town began to receive national recognition and iconic visitors who were eager to learn about the village.
Helping Your Child Do Better in Schoolhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Helping-Your-Child-Do-Better-in-School.aspxHelping Your Child Do Better in SchoolOne of the most common issues parents ask us about at Boys Town is how they can help and support their child when he or she is struggling academically.November 2nd, 2017Parenting AdviceOne of the most common issues parents ask us about at Boys Town is how they can help and support their child when he or she is struggling academically.
Creating Meal Time Memorieshttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/creating-meal-time-memories.aspxCreating Meal Time MemoriesWe try to have dinner together as a family every night in our Boys Town Family Home. Even on days when everyone “fends” for themselves or we do leftovers, we still sit down to pray and eat together.It’s a must for our household because eating toge...October 31st, 2017Parenting AdviceWe try to have dinner together as a family every night in our Boys Town Family Home. Even on days when everyone “fends” for themselves or we do leftovers, we still sit down to pray and eat together.It’s a must for our household because eating toge...
Mealtime at Boys Town: The ‘Yuck’ Listhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/mealtime-the-yuck-list.aspxMealtime at Boys Town: The ‘Yuck’ ListSitting down at the dinner table together as a family is one of the most important aspects of life in a Boys Town Family Home. It is a time to not only share a common activity, but also to talk about the day and to learn social skills like communi...October 31st, 2017Parenting AdviceSitting down at the dinner table together as a family is one of the most important aspects of life in a Boys Town Family Home. It is a time to not only share a common activity, but also to talk about the day and to learn social skills like communi...
The Boys Town Story: 1947–1957https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/the-bt-story-1947-1957.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1947–1957The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series. The decade starting in 1947 brings great changes at Boys Town, including the passing of its visionary founder and a major expansion of its Omaha campus.October 31st, 2017Boys TownThe following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series. The decade starting in 1947 brings great changes at Boys Town, including the passing of its visionary founder and a major expansion of its Omaha campus.
The Boys Town Story: 1937 – 1947https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/the-bt-story-1937-1947.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1937 – 1947The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series. This time, we see Boys Town at the height of its fame, becoming a household name, thanks to the tireless public relations work of Father Flanagan — and an Oscar®-winning film called Boys Town.October 27th, 2017Boys TownThe following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series. This time, we see Boys Town at the height of its fame, becoming a household name, thanks to the tireless public relations work of Father Flanagan — and an Oscar®-winning film called Boys Town.
U.S. Mint Honors Boys Town with Commemorative Coin Sethttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/us-mint-honors-bt-with-commemorative-coin.aspxU.S. Mint Honors Boys Town with Commemorative Coin SetBoys Town founder Father Edward J. Flanagan had a remarkable talent for coining phrases that helped people understand why the mission of caring for troubled children was so importantOctober 25th, 2017Boys TownBoys Town founder Father Edward J. Flanagan had a remarkable talent for coining phrases that helped people understand why the mission of caring for troubled children was so important
How to Respond When Classmates are Bulliedhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/classmates-are-bullied.aspxHow to Respond When Classmates are Bullied​​Parents play a huge role in how their own children respond to bullying situations. Before children are even aware of what bullying is, parents can help them practice ways to prevent it.October 23rd, 2017Parenting Advice​​Parents play a huge role in how their own children respond to bullying situations. Before children are even aware of what bullying is, parents can help them practice ways to prevent it.
Seeing Beyond the Problemhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/seeing-beyond-the-problem.aspxSeeing Beyond the ProblemLet's do an exercise. Think back to the day you brought your new baby home from the hospital. See if you can recapture the excitement and joy from that day.October 19th, 2017Parenting AdviceLet's do an exercise. Think back to the day you brought your new baby home from the hospital. See if you can recapture the excitement and joy from that day.
The Boys Town Story: 1927–1937https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/the-boys-town-story-1927–1937.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 1927–1937The following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series, providing historical insight into each decade of Boys Town’s history. In this blog post, we learn about life at Boys Town during the Great Depression and the years leading up to World War II...October 17, 2017Boys TownThe following is part of our Centennial Timeline Series, providing historical insight into each decade of Boys Town’s history. In this blog post, we learn about life at Boys Town during the Great Depression and the years leading up to World War II...
The Boy Bully Versus the Girl Bullyhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Boy-Versus-Girl-Bully.aspxThe Boy Bully Versus the Girl BullyBullying defies gender. Both boys and girls can become bullies, and research suggests that boys and girls bully at a similar frequency. But what you might not know is that studies reveal distinct differences in how boys bully versus how girls bully.October 12, 2017Parenting AdviceBullying defies gender. Both boys and girls can become bullies, and research suggests that boys and girls bully at a similar frequency. But what you might not know is that studies reveal distinct differences in how boys bully versus how girls bully.
100 Years of Boys Town: 1917–1927https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/100-years-of-boys-town-1917–1927.aspx100 Years of Boys Town: 1917–1927The 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’https://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.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?https://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.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 Foundationhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/lasting-foundation.aspxA Lasting FoundationWith 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 Conferenceshttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/make-parent-teacher-conferences.aspxMake the Most of Parent–Teacher ConferencesParent–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 Disasterhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/helping-kids-cope-natural-disaster.aspxHelping Kids Cope After a Natural DisasterYou 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 Geniushttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/standing-shoulders-genius.aspxStanding on the Shoulders of GeniusThe ​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 Dadhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/americas-1-war-dad.aspxAmerica’s No. 1 War DadWhen 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 Kidshttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/weathering-hurricanes-kids.aspxWeathering Hurricanes with KidsHurricane 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 Washttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/statue-never.aspxThe Statue that Never WasIn 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.https://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...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 Lessonshttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/acceptance-equality-must-part-every-childs-life-lessons.aspxAcceptance and Equality Must Be Part of Every Child’s Life LessonsFather 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 Bandhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/first-boy-band.aspxAmerica’s First Boy BandFather 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 Newshttps://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...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-Parenthttps://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...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 Historyhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/father-flanagans-kennedy-book-almost-lost-history.aspxHow Father Flanagan’s Kennedy Book Was Almost Lost to HistoryPerhaps 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 Righthttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/six-discussions-start-school-year-right.aspxSix Discussions to Start the School Year RightEvery 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 ...