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Family Culture

featuring Alvaro de Vicente

Family Culture

What Winston Churchill once said of buildings, we too can say of family culture. Namely, that we first shape it, and thereafter it shapes us. Indeed, this is especially true for our children, who are particularly impressionable. Whether it is the artwork in a classroom, a coach’s demeanor on the sports field, or that stack of books in the living room, our children notice and are formed by everything that surrounds them. Although summer break is now in full swing, parenting has no vacations. Rather, in many ways parenting intensifies...
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On Home as Social Hub: The Importance of Hosting Our Sons and Their Friends

featuring Tom Royals

On Home as Social Hub: The Importance of Hosting Our Sons and Their Friends

Watch the follow-up webinar below for an additional discussion with Mr. Tom Royals about the topics from this episode. Mr. Tom Royals, Assistant Headmaster of The Heights, offers his thoughts on the importance of hosting our sons and their friends at home.  Rather than being a place to be avoided, the home should be a social hub and a place of gathering for our boys.  This takes work and investment, but the effort is worth the while when friendships flourish and our sons develop relationships informed by the culture of...
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Finding Joy in the Everyday

by Elias Naegele

Finding Joy in the Everyday

Adults can regain the joys of a child through re-engaging with the local, novelties, and living seasonally. From a basis of attaining this child-like joy, parents and educators can then help guide boys to appreciate the same.
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Leisure and Acedia: R.J. Snell on Contemplative Homes in a Frenetic Age

featuring R. J. Snell

Leisure and Acedia: R.J. Snell on Contemplative Homes in a Frenetic Age

In many quarters of contemporary society, busy-ness has become a sort of cliche greeting. To the question “How are you?”, the response, “So busy,” is often automatic. To borrow the words of Dr. R.J. Snell, many of us are conspicuously busy; and we wear our busy-ness as a sort of badge of honor, rooting our worth in our work. In last week’s episode, we talked with Dr. Snell about work and acedia. This week, we round out that episode with a discussion of what is ultimately the point of work, namely leisure. While we...
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On Manners: The “ABCs” of Virtue

featuring Colin Gleason

On Manners: The “ABCs” of Virtue

Are manners stodgy vestiges of a bygone aristocratic age? At The Heights, we’d offer a resounding “no.” Manners matter, and as parents and teachers, these “rules of civility” offer a great opportunity for teaching our boys virtue. Listen in to hear more.
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On Cleaning

by Robert Greving

On Cleaning

Grammar and Latin teacher Rob Greving shares some perspective to help us prioritize cleaning and even get better at it.
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Fostering Vocations in a Digital Age

featuring Carter Griffin

Fostering Vocations in a Digital Age

Fr. Carter Griffin, Rector of the St. John Paul II Seminary in Washington, DC, shares his thoughts on vocation. Where are vocations coming from? What are the characteristics of homes that are conducive to our sons hearing the Lord’s call? How has his approach to formation changed with the arrival of young men raised in a digital age? Fr. Griffin discusses all of this and more in today’s podcast.
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“Will he be happy?”: Fostering Gratitude in a Fast-Paced World

featuring Andrew Reed

“Will he be happy?”: Fostering Gratitude in a Fast-Paced World

As parents, one of our primary duties is to help our children discover that gratitude is a path to lasting happiness.  But where is the trailhead and how do we go about getting our boys on the right track, especially in a busy age of myriad privileges that are now assumed to be entitlements?  In such an age, how can we foster a culture of appreciation and gratitude in our homes?
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The Risks of Overspecialization and Professionalized Youth Sports

featuring Alex Berthé

The Risks of Overspecialization and Professionalized Youth Sports

Athletics are many a boy’s first love. So many of our own students are passionate for sport–a transformative conglomeration of play and work, melded into one sweaty contest against others and the self. Indeed, our School has helped produce numerous Division I, II, and III athletes over the years. That said, the Washington D.C. area is leading the charge towards the continued professionalization of youth sports. Overuse injuries, club-team culture, and parental over-involvement can backfire on your attempts to instill good character in your athlete. Mr. Alex Berthe, a coach,...
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Performing Books Aloud

featuring Tom Longano

Performing Books Aloud

Today we feature an interview with Tom Longano, author of two recently published books: The Blue Book of Stories and The Red Book of Stories. A Heights graduate and former lower school teacher, Tom offers his thoughts on children’s literature, reading for boys, and the importance of not just reading books aloud, but actually performing them aloud as well.
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The Read-Aloud Family

featuring Sarah Mackenzie

The Read-Aloud Family

This week on HeightsCast we feature Sarah Mackenzie, an author and mother who is leading a movement to bring reading aloud back into our homes. When was the last time you read aloud to your children? Many of us really lost steam when our boys started reading to themselves. As Sarah explains in The Read-Aloud Family, reading aloud has both academic and formational benefits for children of all ages. Moreover, it draws us closer together as families! To kick-start the revival, give this episode a listen. Additional Resources: The Read...

Culture of the Home

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Education is the transmission of a culture.  Insofar as we, parents, are primary educators, our homes are the primary classrooms. What we say "yes" to in the home, however, is more important than what we bar from entry.  At some level, we must offer our children an experience of beauty that draws their sights up towards the abundant goodness of the created world. This playlist features podcasts on this topic, giving us ideas about how to incorporate truth, goodness, and beauty into our homes and relationships. Yet, even here, our sons have a fine-tuned insincerity-detector.  If we want to teach our boys to love goodness, they must first see us loving that which we encourage them to love ourselves.