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Arlington, Virginia Area — Raising Kids to Do Hard Things

Gregg Harris & Noble Institute

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
First Family Member (Early Bird) Ended $35.00 $2.74
Additional Family Members (Early Bird)
Our low Family Rate allows additional family members to attend together at a 60% discount!
Ended $15.00 $1.74
First Family Member (At the Door) Ended $40.00 $2.99
Additional Family Members (At the Door)   more info Ended $20.00 $1.99
Honored Guests Free Pass
Attend FREE if you are a: • Disabled Veteran • Foreign Missionary • Organizer of a Group of 10+ from your Church, School or Home School Co-Op
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Arlington, VA 

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Capital Life Church

1800 North Glebe Road

 Arlington, VA 22207

Hosted by Home Educators Association of Virginia

“You can’t spend much time with the Harris children... without concluding that their parents have done something remarkable, and have earned the right to be heard.” 
— Randy Alcorn, 
Author of Heaven & If God is Good

"With this workshop, I did not leave with just a handful of nuggets, I left with an entire gold mine. Great insights.” 
— Kevin D. Grimes
Grimes & Reese: A Professional Company of
 Attorneys and Counselors, Idaho Falls, ID

Welcome to A Better Way to Raise Your Kids

Gregg HarrisRaising Kids to do Hard Things is a "family-wisdom workshop." It provides more than just information about parenting.  Raising Kids to Do Hard Things lays the foundation for being truly wise in the way you raise your children.

Wisdom is the ability to see how one thing relates to another in God's purposes. With wisdom we are able to walk effectively toward a worthwhile goal in life.

Alex & Brett

My son's, Alex & Brett, have done a good job of raising awareness of what teens are capable of. TheRebelution.com has helped launch a movement around the world to do hard things.

When I say "hard things," I mean truly great things, good things, the kind of things that need to be done, and which, unfortunately, very few people today are willing to do.

Saturday Workshop Schedule:

 8 am Final Check-In

8:30 am Delight-Directed Study
“I’m bored.” “I’m lonely.” These are two of the most powerful, God-given appetites your kids have. So, don’t waste them! Learn how these appetites relate to the “lost keys of learning.” Learn how people of all ages can learn twice as much in less than half the time, and all while having fun with a few good friends.

Improving Moral Character  

It’s one thing to Do Hard Things and it’s another to do GOOD Things (e.g. robbing a bank is hard, but it’s not good). Jesus tells us that “a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” That means good moral character is neither taught nor caught. It is the fruit of a new nature and a changed heart. So, how can you reach your kids with the truths they need to understand, believe and obey?

10:30 am Break

11 am Child Training God’s Way
God trains His kids with five basic techniques that lead each child of God on to greater responsibility & freedom. We can follow God’s example with your own kids, training them up in “the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Whether you are new new parents of babes and toddlers, or parents of teens, this session will help you.

12:00 Noon Lunch Break

1:00 pm Making the Most of Your Time
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Well, training your kids to “master time” is one of the most important “twigs” you will ever “bend.” Time management is actually a matter of personal integrity in making yourself do hard things. While you’re at it, why not teach them how to “master space” as well. Their bedroom is a training ground for a future home and workplace. Teach them how to make both time and space work for them.

2 pm Home Businesses for Kids

Once your kids experience the adventure of doing well for themselves by doing good for others, they will never be the same. They will see problems as opportunities. Learn how to use simple “stepping-stone business ventures” in Jr. High & High School to teach your kids how to make good money. A home business can also be a life-preserver for your family during financial emergencies.

3:00 pm Break

3:30 pm Dating, Courtship & Marriage

It’s not good for a man to be alone, and he who finds a wife finds a good thing. But what if you are just 16? When should the road that leads to a lasting marriage begin? How do you meet your match? What is the real purpose of marriage and family? How should families negotiate their differing expectations concerning dating, courtship, length of engagement, marriage & children? Whose decision is it anyway? Let me help you help your kids find, win and marry the right one.

4:30 Making The Big Decisions

Adulthood offers many options for kids who do hard things. Travel? College? Employment? Business ownership? Marriage? Children? For these big decisions they need (and we all need) wisdom that comes from above. Learn how God guides us through the Bible.

5:30 PM Close

Don't Miss This Event!

Raising Kids to Do Hard Things casts vision for living as an ambassador for Christ by making your home an embassy of the kingdom of God.

The Harris Kids in 2010

 These are my own seven kids in a picture taken in July of 2010, just one week before God took my dear wife Sono home to be with Him in heaven. I am a single father now. Its not easy, but God has been faithful. All but my two youngest children are now married and well on their way in life. The victories and the the trials continue to come in waves. As my wife loved to say, "Life is hard, but God is good."

 Invest in the Wisdom You Need For Your Family

Raising Kids To Do Hard Things is really a matter of helping your kids jump off the conveyor belts of modern day education and employment into a world of freedom and opportunity. It helps you instill in your kids a sense of the honor it will be to aim higher for the glory of God.

Consider the following "Why Nots?":

  • Why not raise your kids to become true scholars of whatever areas of study interest them, kids who actually take charge of their own education by Jr. High, whether in public school, private school or home school?
  • Why not raise them up to be authors who write for publication, rather than just to fulfill school assignments.
  • Why not help them engage in the great events of their day, making headlines, rather than just reading headlines?
  • Why not raise your kids to be servant leaders who take the initiative in their own community to organize the efforts of others to meet pressing needs?
  • Why not help them found new voluntary associations to replace those older institutions that are drifting away from the vision of their founders?
  • Why not raise up a new generation of Founding Fathers?
  • Why not raise your kids to become business owners and the employers of others in their family and community rather than just the employees of others?
  • Why not help them begin as younger teens to provide well for their future families by doing something valuable that they really believe in doing?
  • Why not raise your kids to not only avoid an unequal yoke in their marriage, but also to meet their spiritual match in the adventure of the Christian life?
  • Why not aim to have a big, godly family that welcomes children into their lives as the ultimate expression of Christian hospitality?
  • Why not raise your kids to be the producers of culture in the arts and in music, rather than just consumers of the goods and services and arts and ministries of others?

We Already Have a Pretty Good Track Record

God has used this workshop to help thousands of parents and teens get excited about doing something wonderful with their lives. It heals broken relationship between parents and kids and between husbands and their wives. It also helps grandparents find their proper place on the family team. It can even resolve tension between competitive siblings by allowing them to work together as partners and team mates.

So, Who Should Attend?
This is a workshop designed especially for parents and grand parents. Teens, ages 13 and up are also welcome to attend, but the material is targeted at parents. That includes all parents, regardless of how young or old your children may be.

Child training, coaching and parental encouragement never really end if the relationship remains healthy and strong. Even if you feel like you've already lost your kids, don't lose heart. It's not over. God can still help you make the most of your situation from now on.

Should Our Kids Attend? Yes! But only if they are mature enough to want to be there. The material presented in this workshop need not be kept secret from your kids. There is no manipulation or psychological trickery involved. So, your kids, ages 13 and up, are welcome to attend with you. Please Note: It is not necessary that your kids attend. This is a parents workshop. Newly weds are encouraged to attend as well. Get a head start, even if your kids are just "a glint in mom and dad's eyes."

Single Parents, or One Parent or the Other? Yes! Certainly it is best if Mom and Dad can attend the workshop together. The ideas presented will strengthen your marriage, improve your finances and energize your entire family life. But again, it is not necessary for both parents to attend. Come together if you can, but come alone if you must. You'll be glad you did.

As for single parents (and those who simply feel like single parents), you should also come. All of the material presented will still be applicable to your situation, regardless of your family's circumstances. Though I cannot make up for a spouse who is "missing in action," I can help you make the most of the family you have (Note: I myself am a single father, as I became a widower in 2010, and I am still finishing up with my youngest sons, alone).

Grandparents? Yes! Yes! Yes! Grandparents still have a important part to play in the lives of their adult children and grandchildren. You are not here to spoil them, but but you are here to reinforce the good things their parents are trying to do. Just remember, though you are still on the team, you are no longer the "captains" of the team, (as you were when your children were younger). If your kids have invited you to attend this workshop with them, that is good. They are honoring you and hoping you will stay engaged in helping them to raise your grandchildren to do hard things. So, be grateful for that, and come to the workshop with every intention to make their job easier and less stressful. That way, everyone wins, and especially your grandchildren.

Pastors, Youth & Family Ministers, Christian School Principles & Home School Support-Group/Co-op Leaders? Yes! Not only will you enjoy the benefits of attending for your own family, you will find that this workshop supports many of the goals you have for your church, youth group, school or organization members. It will make your work easier.

Please Note: I am pleading with you not to make the mistake of coming to the workshop all by yourself "just to check it out." By that time a huge opportunity will be missed. I have never had any Christian leader regret bringing his people to my workshop, but I do know many who regret not doing so. Read my references and endorsements below. Study my Statement of Faith. Call me if you like for a personal interview. I don't mind at all. I have served as a pastor and I know how careful you need to be. But please, let me help you move your people closer to where you want them to be in their family life. By the way, you will earn a FREE PASS by bringing a group of 10 or more. For groups of 50 or more, contact me for an even deeper discount. To bring the workshop to your church or school go to www.Noble Institute.org.

What others are saying about me & my workshops:
“You can’t spend much time with the Harris children... without concluding that their parents have done something remarkable, and have earned the right to be heard.” 
— Randy Alcorn, 
Author of Heaven & If God is Good

“Gregg Harris will stir your thinking beyond the status quo and send you home excited.”
—John and Laura Wojnicki, Co-Directors of 
Christian Family Schools, San Diego, CA

“Anyone raising teenagers would benefit from spending some time with Gregg. It will be one of the most beneficial investments you could ever make in your family.”
— Mike Smith, President, HSLDA 

“Gregg Harris’ vision of family life is unmatched in its clarity, passion & practicality.”
— Nancy Pearcey
Author of Total Truth

“I thought I would be bored, but Mr. Harris is a good speaker, and what he said made a lot of sense. I’m glad I came.”
— a Teenager, Kalamazoo, MI

"With this workshop, I did not leave with a handful of nuggets, I left with an entire gold mine. Great insights.” 
— Kevin D. Grimes
Grimes & Reese: A Professional Company of
 Attorneys and Counselors, Idaho Falls, ID

"This is a shot of life, a direct injection of inspiration, clear perspective, and focus on the daunting issues and challenges that are facing us now. A comprehensive workshop! Great teaching. Healthy family guidance, marriage counseling and powerful evangelism! Thank you!"—Alan Kroger, Chardon, OH

"We are all kids of Christ. This workshop is a must for anyone who wishes to live an abundant, Christ-filled life. Very relevant to our times. Thank you." — Paula J. Yehn

Hotel Accomodations: Hotels nearby the workshop may offer special rates to workshop attendees for a limited time. Please make your reservation directly with each hotel.


Comfort Inn
Ballston Arlington

1211 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22201

(Continental Breakfast Included)
Call (703) 247-3399
to make reservations.

Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston
4610 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA  22203

Call (703) 243, 9800 to make reservations.


My Guarantee of Satisfaction: Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed or your fees will be refunded in full, on-site, with no questions asked. I know that my workshops deliver even more life-changing value than I promise.

Volunteer Scholarships are available to all those in need. There is no free ride. But no one is ever turned away for lack of ability to pay. Volunteer helpers are always needed. So be our guest by offering to help us promote and present.

Additional Workshop Hosts, Dates & Locations Welcomed: Raising Kids to Do Hard Things is available to be hosted by local churches, Christian schools, churches & state home school associations. Our hope is always to serve the greatest number of people possible in each event. But no venue is ever too small to serve. Visit www.NobleInstitute.org for more information.

Have questions about Arlington, Virginia Area — Raising Kids to Do Hard Things? Contact Gregg Harris & Noble Institute

When & Where

Capital Life Church
1800 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA., VA 22207

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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