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How to Raise A Son – Parent Education Programs Provide Help


BRISBANE, Australia February, 2013 – Raising children is not easy, and there’s no manual sent home with the new baby from hospital. Putting together IKEA furniture is, in comparison, much less complicated and even that comes with a manual. To offset some of the confusion, frustration and questioning of whether they’re doing the right thing many Australian parents are turning to real world education - parent education – to help guide them on the tricky path that parenting presents. Many parents have become fans of parent education programs, especially when battling through those troublesome teenage years when acting out and disobeying parents seems to be a mandatory part of the ‘teenage job description’.

Andy Roy, speaker and author of Raising Teenage Boys says these years are absolutely crucial in determining how the teenager will live the rest of their life and it is important parents seek help to ensure they provide a better example than their parents before them, thus leading to continuous generational change and improvement.

Andy Roy, a father of 2 daughters and 4 sons aged 7 to 19, says, “More and more the data points to parents needing to look at the changes THEY need to make rather than expecting their kids to be the ones to always ‘tow the line’. Previously all the attention has been on the boy and his development and change. Now it is known that his maturation is closely linked to his parents’ ability to change how they parent and how they are with him. We have seen amazing turnarounds in problematic relationships when the boy is left to manage his own change and not have to carry the weight of change for all the family. So cheering from the sidelines is not enough!”

Andy Roy co-founded Powerhouse Programs to provide help for parents on how to raise a son. The unique parent education organisation Powerhouse Programs offers 5 different programs for families and schools:

  • Building Bridges: A life-skills course for fathers and sons that runs either one evening per week over 6 weeks, or over a weekend. Typically there are 8-12 pairs in each program.
  • Journey to Manhood: A 5 day in-depth Rite of Passage  camp for fathers and sons, AND includes mothers in the process.
  • Raising Teenage Boys Parent Evenings: This is 2 hours jam-packed with practical and up-to-date info for parents only.
  • Real Power: Designed for boys in year 7 to celebrate the ending of a significant stage in their lives and the beginning of their journey into secondary school and young adulthood.
  • Powerhouse Day: A six hour day-long program for teenagers. It is mostly run with existing year levels at schools and can be adapted to suit student age and gender.
Dallas C., a 40-something father who attended a Powerhouse program with his son shares, “I had a wonderful time doing the program with the other participants. My son and I got to know each other on a much deeper level, which was amazing as a father, and I’m very grateful for that.”

Bill G., “We’ve all heard the advice, but this is a completely different way of doing things.    It’s like night and day…My relationship with my son has completely changed! I pay over $20,000 a year for his education… and this is worth 10 times that! THANK YOU!”

Powerhouse Programs has over 10 years of experience in parent education, child rearing, and providing help and advice for parents – working with over 2,000 teenage boys and 700 families. For more information on programs or advice for parents on how to raise a son, visit


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