Raising Boys - In Real Life


In anticipation of our this Friday's podcast episode about Homeschooling in Real LIfe With Boys, I remembered a funny interaction I had at the dinner table several years ago with a few of our young boys. This whole interaction is an "Adventure in Mangoland" (cue the music).

This is a clear illustration of the difference we have experienced in raising boys in our home and the types of discussions you can anticipate. This particular discussion took place when the older boys were probably 10, 8 and 6 and our oldest daughter would have been about 4.

It went down something like this:

MangoBoy #1: "Dad, if we were cannibals, which part of the body would you eat first?"

Fletch: "I'd probably start with the hands, because they'd be easy to hold and you could eat them one finger at a time and dip them into ketchup."

MangoBoy #2: "It would probably taste like chicken. Everything tastes like chicken."

MangoBoy #3 (chiming in): "Would we eat people like chicken? You know, breasts, thighs and would their arms/legs be like wings and legs?"

Fletch again (because I'm getting "that look" from Kendra that seems to be asking me how old I am behaving): "Okay, that's enough of this wonderful discussion. Let's focus on a better topic."


MangoBoy #3: "If I had to eat you, Dad, I'd eat your eyes, because they are very wise and have seen a lot of things."

Fletch: "Thanks, that is good to know you have my preferred body parts chosen, but this topic is now officially over."

MangoGIRL #1: "If I was a "can of bull" I'd hate to eat Dad. I'd rather eat McDonalds"


We're really looking forward to this Friday's episode -  all about homeschooling and living with boys in real life. We've interviewed Hal and Melanie Young, parents of 6 boys and  authors of the popular Raising Real Men website and book (affiliate link). We laughed all the way through the interview because there were so many common-ground moments, and we think you'll come away feeling like the boys in your real life homeschool are absolutely normal!



Andy Fletcher

Andy "Fletch" Fletcher has been married for the past 22 years. He and his wife Kendra are the proud parents of five sons and three daughters, all of whom keep them laughing and on their toes. During the day he can be found fixing people's teeth, but in his spare time you can find Fletch stretching out a pair of flip-flops, creating a new pizza recipe, playing the drums, or rescuing a piece of his tie-dye wardrobe from his wife's donation pile. You can find him online where he writes on his personal blog: theMangoTimes and cohosts with his wife on the HomeschoolingIRL.com podcast.