Is there an effective way to help your son make that transition from boyhood to manhood? For one homeschool graduate, what it took was a good dose of responsibility, hard work, and loving parents to begin the trek into manhood. Tune in for more as Mike Farris explores this issue with a homeschool graduate on today’s Home School Heartbeat.
My guest is Peter Kamakawiwoole. Peter is a senior at Patrick Henry College. He is headed to the law school and is one of the stars of the Moot Court team. Peter, welcome to the program.
Peter, there are multiple homeschool moms, dozens if not hundreds, who have told me that their biggest challenge in life is raising teenage boys. What do you think your parents did well that helped you be prepared for manhood?
Well, I think the biggest thing they did, for me, was to treat me as a part of the family. A lot of times you have families where you have the teenage guy, and he wants to do his own thing; he wants to be in a band, or he wants to be in a sports team or things like that. And you send him out and you send the younger brothers or the younger siblings out to do other things. And my parents were very much in favor of all of us doing things together because you learn to work with one another, you curb an, I guess, an independent spirit. Because a lot of times we have young men who feel what they want and what they need is the most important thing, and the way you learn that you’re not at the center of the universe is to be in another universe, to have your family there and to learn to work with them.
Peter, thanks so much for joining me today. I’m Mike Farris.