Hal and Melanie Young
Great Waters Press / Raising Real MenNashville, TNMobile, ALRogers, ARMyrtle Beach, SCAtlanta, GAColumbus, OH
Fresh from a state tax audit to prove that yes, they're all ours, Hal and Melanie Young, authors of the award-winning _Raising Real Men_ and _My Beloved and My Friend_, are parents of six real boys and two real girls. They have homeschooled through eight high-risk pregnancies, three re-locations, two decades, and 181 degrees of longitude. Hal and Melanie have served on the Board of Directors of North Carolinians for Home Education for over 14 years, including three terms as President for Hal. Their articles have appeared in The Foundation for Economic Education, Homeschooling Today, the John Locke Foundation, Homeschool Digest, TEACH Magazine, Homeschool Enrichment, the N.C. Family Policy Council, the Heartland Institute, and more. Hal and Melanie have made more than 50 media appearances in venues as wide ranging as The Jesse Lee Peterson Show and the Bob Dutko Show to Mancow's Morning Madhouse and CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. They are sought-after conference speakers who routinely draw standing room only crowds with their mix of uniquely entertaining cross-banter and practical, powerful Scriptural principles. Their dramatized audiobooks, such as Hero Tales from American History by Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, are gaining a following across the country, as well. Hal & Melanie have glorified the Lord through extreme challenges, with Hal successfully fighting stage IV cancer and their youngest dealing with a life-threatening heart condition. Despite it all, the Youngs live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina.
Workshops from Hal and Melanie Young ( may vary by event location )
Raising Real Men: Surviving and Appreciating Boys
Have you ever had war break out during a play date? A single math lesson take three hours? Find your child turns every object into a pretend weapon? Then maybe you're raising a boy! Hal and Melanie Young have SIX sons and a wealth of experience and Biblical principles - and a sense of humor - to encourage and empower the parents of boys.
Shining Armor: Your Son's Battle for Purity
In a time when over 90% of boys have been exposed to pornography before they leave home, how can we teach them to keep their way pure? How can we help them walk in innocence when temptation lurks on a friend's phone and beckons just a click away? Hal and Melanie offer frank and practical advice for teaching sons from toddlers to adulthood about God's gift and Satan's traps in the realm of sexuality. (Material is appropriate for ages 12 and up - parent discretion suggested!)
Romance for the Exhausted
In the flurry of work, homeschooling, church, and extracurricular activities, things like romance and physical affection can sometimes seem like unattainable dreams. Where can you find the energy for romance? How can you revive your marriage and enjoy your relationship more every year? Hal and Melanie Young have been married for 30 years and homeschooling their eight kids for 26 - so they know the struggle is real! (For married or engaged couples, and nursing babies only!)
It comes as a surprise - it surprised us! - but your child's years from 9 to 12 can be some of the most challenging in your life as a parent. Long before you see peach fuzz on the chin or changes in body shape, you have to cope with their distractedness, tears, outbursts of anger and the "nobody loves me" blues. Somebody's got to be the adult around here, so learn how to survive these years -- and make the teen years something to look forward to, not dread!
Dating, Courtship, and All That
With the average age of first marriage approaching thirty, how can we make sure Christian young people are really prepared for marriage and parenting? It doesn't happen overnight. How can we navigate the confusing years of singleness with honor to God and each other? Should young men and young women be friends? Will my children ever marry? Hear Hal and Melanie's own courtship story and get practical encouragement with solid Biblical principles.
TTD Leadership Summit
After a warm welcome from Lowcountry Homeschool Convention Leader, Hazel Douthit, we will explore Social Media for your Homeschool Group with Hal & Melanie Young.