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Journey to Manhood Program Guides Parents Raising Teenage Sons


VICTORIA, Australia April, 2013 – Parents are often challenged by the tasks of raising teenage sons and many frantically search for answers from parenting books, online videos, and other types of media that offer advice for parents. And whilst these resources can be helpful they have two shortfalls: 1 – the information is not targeted to THEIR personal circumstances, and 2 – the advice remains ‘theory’ and doesn’t give parents hands-on, practical assistance to implement the new parenting strategies.   Australian parenting expert and author Andy Roy urges parents raising teenage sons to seek hands-on help and not attempt the difficult teenage years alone.

Andy Roy founded Powerhouse Programs exactly for this reason – to support parents to raise empowered and well-rounded men. Powerhouse Programs hold interactive, hands-on events such as the ‘Journey to Manhood Rite of Passage’ regularly – the next of which is being held between April 9 and 13 just outside of the Brisbane area.

Andy reveals, “The ‘Journey to Manhood Rite of Passage’ (J2M) is an experience for father, mother and son that creates a distinct shift in their relationships whether the family is facing challenges or doing OK. It is a prevention program for all boys as the big topics that hover around boys at this time are covered in a way that fathers usually find difficult to deal with alone. Mothers are involved at the beginning and the end of this program as they say goodbye to the boy aspect of their son and then welcome home a young man. Experienced teams of facilitators guide the fathers, mothers, and boys in each area of their journey into a place of deep connections, respect, and excitement for what the future holds. It’s a game-changer!”

The Journey 2 Manhood program is for parents raising teenage boys between the ages of 12 and 16 years (sometimes 17). Dads (or accompanying males) will join their son at camp with mothers involved at the start and finish of the program. Sometimes Andy and his team need to find a mentor for boys (as in the current April camp) and many boys will attend with a step-dad, uncle, grandad, family friend, or neighbour if they don’t have an active father.

Andy explains, “The 5-day busy experience is designed to create a shift from boy into young man, or from ‘what’s in it for me’ to ‘how can I help?’ It’s also about surrounding the young fellas with healthy male role models and we spend quite a bit of time with the dads or men – giving them an up skill on how to raise teenage boys and how to talk about their own lives and the ‘hot topics’ in such a way that it leaves the door open to those very important conversations that all boys need to have with older men. Sexuality, drugs, alcohol, life’s challenges, death… all the good stuff boys want to hear about!”

Bill Gamack, who attended a previous Journey 2 Manhood program with his son said, “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!”

A mother raising a teenager son, Caitlin also found the Journey to Manhood Program to be beneficial in many ways; “This program has been such a positive experience for me and my family. I have shared the experience with wonderful people and have much gratitude and hope for my men and society as a whole.”

To register or to learn more about raising teenage sons and the ‘Journey to Manhood Rite of Passage’ program visit today.


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