Society projects conflicting messages on what it means to be a man—is there a right way to raise teenage boys? For one homeschool graduate, it took a strong foundation at home and encouragement from parents to make that successful transition to manhood. Hear more on today’s Home School Heartbeat with Mike Farris.
My guest today is Kenny Ly. Kenny is a junior at Patrick Henry College who makes his home in Shanghai, China. Welcome to the program, Kenny.
Thanks so much, Dr. Farris.
Kenny, there are a number of challenges that I’ve heard from families for years relative to the raising of teenage boys. What did your parents do well to make you a man?
Something that I do know that my parents did do, is they continually sought to instill love for people in me, of God’s heart for people. One of the things my mom would always do is she never wanted me playing video games or computer, and it wasn’t necessarily because computer or video games themselves were wrong, but it was because she wanted me doing stuff with people, where I was interacting with people and showing God’s love to them. My dad was just one of those faithful guys who does what he needs to do and does it well. Also, he’s the type of guy who I was never scared to go to. Some times I was scared to go see my mom, scared that I was going to get in trouble or something like that. But my dad was one that I could always go to, and he talked to me, he’d hear me out. That was one thing that was very, very big for me, is that my dad would hear me out, all the way, everything I had to say before he’d respond. And I just knew that he was always there.
Thank you for sharing that with us, Kenny. I’m Mike Farris.