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TNMU #144: Guiding Boys Thru Teen Romance

The Next Man Up | Equipping Fathers | Raising Men

Release Date: 02/05/2021

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The need for males to be initiated into adulthood seems to be written into the laws of how our universe operates. This is both in the human kingdom and in the animal kingdom. A sampling of stories from various animal species supports this idea. In this episode Mark and Josh share some of their favorite initiation examples from the animal kingdom.

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You are already working hard to provide for your family. But working hard is more than providing financially. It’s a whole lot more. In this latest Mark’s Musings, Mark offers 3 ways to get a bigger vision for what it means and to help you better fulfill your role as a man, husband, and father. 

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What rules are important to teach your son? What are the things you want him to know before he launches? Do you have a list? Are you looking for some more ideas to add to your list? Someone on Facebook provided a list of 32 rules which is an interesting compilation to debate and discuss, so Mark and Josh decided to do just that in today’s episode.

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The examples of Alpha Males today are almost always biased to aggressive, macho, harsh, uncaring. While that may be what’s on display, it’s not consistent with the example found in nature, specifically with wolves. The Alpha of the wolf pack is so much more and worthy of studying further for a more complete picture of what it means to be a pack leader. Mark and Josh examine this idea courtesy of the Sawtooth Wolf Pack.

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How do you know when your kid is ready for travel sports? How do you know when you’re ready, as a family, for the commitment? How do you find the right team? These are the questions guests Jon Couser and Craig Fullen will take on in part 2 of our chat about the world of travel sports. Once again, they’re full of wisdom and personal stories and will guide you through a decision making process that is spot on.

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Opportunities for competitive kids activities beyond school and rec teams (aka travel sports) have never been greater. Yet so many families don’t understand what they’re getting into, or more importantly why they join a team. Two of our most popular guests, Craig Fullen and Jon Couser, return to the show to breakdown this topic and help you think through the process of knowing whether travel sports are right for your child and your family.

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Back for another Mark’s Musings, Mark turns his attention this time to the story, The Letter For The King. While the book elicits one reaction, the Netflix show prompts the complete opposite. In fact, the show stands in sharp contrast to so much of what we promote and encourage at The Next Man Up. Want to know why? Take a listen and find out.

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Back to finish the conversation on becoming an unobstructed version of who you are is Chris McAlister. Chris is an author, speaker, husband and father, and he’s the founder of Sightshift, a company helping ambitious people be courageous and kind. Chris covers a lot of ground in this episode so buckle up and let’s go.

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Chris McAlister joins the show today in a frank and fast paced conversation. Chris is an author, speaker, husband and father, and he’s the founder of Sightshift, a company helping ambitious people be courageous and kind. In part one we go back into Chris’ story of becoming and retrace the painful and courageous path he’s followed to get to where he is today.

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In this latest installment of Mark’s Musings, Mark reflects on the recent experience of his oldest son’s wedding and offers 4 quick insights that this experience brings up to help you grow in your fathering. Whether a wedding for your boy is years away or already behind you, tune in for some wisdom here to help you in your fathering journey.

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Maybe Valentine’s Day is a thing for you, maybe it isn’t. But if you’re raising boys, sooner or later it will be for them. Let’s face it, guiding them thru the dating years is challenging, but it’s not impossible. In fact, you can do it well. Join Josh & Mark as they explore this topic and some practical ways you can be the guide your boy needs thru this area of his life.

 

Music Credit: "Funkorama" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

 

Expanded Notes:

  • While Mark dislikes Valentine’s Day, Josh looks at it as Christmas for the relationship
  • Teen romance has such a strong sexual undercurrent, whether thru content from a hyper-sexualized culture or parent’s attempts to protect their kids from making mistakes
  • Elevate the conversation with your boy by talking about where these desires come from and how they fit into bigger picture
  • 3 pieces of advice for dads:
    • Honor, serve, and romance your wife well; model for your son
    • Life Lessons from Dad: fun yet poignant moments of teaching on the fly or with forethought, providing cues on how to treat girls (be creative and humorous as you communicate wisdom)
    • Teach your boy to honor his future wife, long before he even knows who she is
  • Healthy relationships are mutually beneficial; leading with a serve the other first mentality is a great place to start
  • This is another opportunity to set the bar higher for your son
  • The fundamental unit of human relationship is family, and it’s an everyday thing you’re building all the time