We covered medieval history in our homeschool this year. Since we teach in a one-room-schoolhouse style, all of our children, from Kindergarten through 9th grade were studying the same period of history. All of our children, boys and girls alike, were particularly intrigued with the idea of knighthood and chivalry. Not long after our study ended, I was invited to join the launch team of Heather Haupt’s new book, Knights in Training: Ten principals for Raising Honorable, Courageous and Compassionate Boys.
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I’ve heard it said so many times, “He’s just a typical boy”, and I have always thought, “but I am not trying to raise the typical boy.” I have always thought that surely, if I do something different than everyone else, I can expect a somewhat different result. Knights in Training offers a different mindset toward the idea of raising boys. It offers hope that we can turn out a different kind of young man.
About the Knights in Training
About the Author
The Author Says
Coming up with the idea for knight training was birthed out of a desire to be intentional in raising my boys. When I saw that their love for everything battle meshed well with my discover that chivalry was far more than how a man treats a woman. I knew I wanted to embark on a season of knight training and pursuing living by this code that for the knight’s of old was an entire way of living. Little did I realize that embarking on this initial season of knight training would alter the way we viewed our role as parents and forever shape the way my boys viewed these years of childhood.
I wrote the book to really flesh out what it can look like to celebrate boys for who they are and cast a vision for a life of adventure embodying the spirit of a modern-day knight. Boys are getting a bad rap these days. Part of that stems from how we approach educating boys as well as a lack of understanding and appreciation for what makes them unique. Our world needs good men and my aim with this book is to strengthen the resolve and equip parents to reach their boys by appreciating who they are and how they are wired as well as inspire them to become the men they are meant to become.
The Knight’s Code
- Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- Obey those in authority over you.
- Stand against injustice and evil.
- Defend the weak and protect them.
- Respect the honor of women.
- Refrain from wanton giving of offense.
- Speak the truth at all times.
- Be generous and willing to share.
- Persevere and finish the task at hand.
- Pursue excellence in all you do.
About the Chivalry Movement
Knights in Training is more than just a parenting resource book. It is a call to action for parents everywhere. It is a call to rise up and become a part of a movement that can be a catalyst for cultural change. To become a part of a community dedicating themselves to raising up modern day knights, follow the #chivalrymovement hashtag.