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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 TownFebruary 19th, 2018Boys Town ContributorBoys Town
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!February 15, 2018By Erin Green, MS, Director, Boys Town PressBoys 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 disappointmentFebruary 7, 2018Angee NottParenting 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!February 2nd, 2018Angela Nott, Boys Town Cross Country Coach and TeacherParenting 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 LongJanuary 31, 2018A Mother of Three, Ages 12, 10, and 5Parenting 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 FloridaJanuary 26th, 2018Ashley White, Democrat staff writerBoys 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 ScheduleJanuary 9, 2018Boys Town ContributorParenting 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 RoutinesJanuary 2, 2018Boys Town ContributorParenting 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?Former Boys Town YouthBoys 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 SenseDecember 26th, 2017Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys TownBoys 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 CountingDecember 20, 2017Father Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys TownBoys 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.
Giving Your Children the Gift of the Holidayshttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/giving-your-children-the-gift-of-the-holidays.aspxGiving Your Children the Gift of the HolidaysDecember 15, 2017Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys TownFeaturedThe last month of the year is a magical time, at Boys Town and across our great nation, as families prepare to celebrate that final stretch of holi...
Celebrating 100 - “Boys Town Means the World to Me”https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/bt-means-the-world-to-me.aspxCelebrating 100 - “Boys Town Means the World to Me”December 12, 2017Sommer, Former Boys Town YouthFeatured1. Describe the impact that Boys Town had on you. Of course, Boys Town had a huge impact on me! I lived at Boys Town for four years when I was...
The Boys Town Story: 2007 - Presenthttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/The-Boys-Town-Story-2007---Present.aspxThe Boys Town Story: 2007 - PresentDecember 11th, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 HappinessDecember 7th, 2017Boys Town ContributorParenting 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: 1997-2007December 4, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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'November 30th, 2017Boys Town ContributorParenting 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: 1987-1997November 28th, 2017Boys Town ContributorBoys 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 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: 1977-1987https://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 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 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: 1967-1977https://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 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 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 Youthhttps://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: 1957–1967https://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 Schoolhttps://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 Memorieshttps://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’ Listhttps://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: 1947–1957https://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 – 1947https://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 Sethttps://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 Bulliedhttps://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 Problemhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/seeing-beyond-the-problem.aspxSeeing Beyond the ProblemOctober 19th, 2017Dr. Tara BorschParenting 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: 1927–1937October 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 Bullyhttps://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: 1917–1927https://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’https://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?https://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 Foundationhttps://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 Conferenceshttps://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 Disasterhttps://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 Geniushttps://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 Dadhttps://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 Kidshttps://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 Washttps://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.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.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 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 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 Bandhttps://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 Newshttps://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-Parenthttps://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...