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Some Simple Ideas to Customize a Rites of Passage Program

Posted by Thomas on October 21, 2011

Before you continue:

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Over the last few days I quickly discussed:

Although simple, doing the things I suggested in these posts are involved. In order to have your rites of passage program match your son, you have to know him. However, depending on your relationship that may be a challenge.

In order for the rites of passage ceremony to impart more deeply your family values you must concretely identify what those values are. If your family believes things my family doesn’t that’s okay—identify YOUR values. Also realize, over time those values may change a little.

Finally, in order to truly get the most out of designing your customized rites of passage program, rites of passage ceremony, and rites of passage lessons you, as the caring adult, must examine yourself. Through that self-examination if you discover there is something you want to impart to your son but don’t have the knowledge to do so effectively reach out to your network and find someone you trust that can.

These and other important concepts will be addressed in an organized manner in my free eBook A Rites of Passage Framework. Stay tuned!

Peace,

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A Simple Idea for a Rites of Passage Program

Posted by Thomas on October 20, 2011

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The simple idea for a rites of passage program is: as a loving parent examine yourself seriously; consider the purpose you want to fulfill by creating a customized rites of passage program for your son.

When I began searching for information surrounding a rites of passage that search inevitably caused me to face some of my own shortcomings.

For me the rites of passage program we created for my son served several purposes, here are some:

  • To draw a distinct line between boyhood and manhood
  • To publicly acknowledge my son’s transition from one life stage to another
  • To expose him to information and concepts I was ignorant about
  • To challenge him to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually

In order to fulfill these purposes I had to look in the mirror and face my shortcomings. For example: I’m not a business owner but I didn’t let that stop me. We became a part of a youth group that allowed him to meet, speak with, and interact with captains of industry. This fulfilled my purpose of exposing my son to entrepreneurialism.

Again, the simple idea for a rites of passage program is: as a loving parent examine yourself seriously; consider the purpose you want to fulfill by creating a customized rites of passage program for your son.

Peace,

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