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HCR013: Gregg Harris on “Raising Kids to Do Hard Things”

Do Hard Things

In this episode, I interview Gregg Harris, from Gresham, Oregon. Gregg is a pioneer in the homeschooling movement, a spokesman for the family-integrated church, and the father of seven children who have been raised to do hard things. Here are some of the points we discuss:

·      We need a warrior mentality to raise the “arrows” that God has put in our quiver. (Psalm 127)

·      First step: Get a Life. You have to become yourself what you hope your children will be. “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise…” (Proverbs 13:20)

·      Second step: Train them until you like them.

·      Third step: Include them in your normal life. You will then be in the place where you can ‘narrate’ the events of the day for them. “Wisdom cries aloud in the streets…” (Proverbs 1:20)

·      Gregg talks about what led his son, Josh Harris, to write his first book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye.

·      We as parents need to resource the desires that God has put in our children, so they can create the very best product possible.

·      Gregg talks about what led his sons, Alex and Brett, to write Do Hard Things, and how Chuck Norris became a catalyst!

·  is a website maintained by Brett Harris, and a place for teens to be challenged and inspired to do hard things.

·      Do good hard things. (character)

·      Do good hard things well. (competence)

·      Do good hard things well with others. (collaboration)

·      A book that Gregg is reading now and recommends is Michael Hyatt’s latest, Platform

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Gregg Harris

(From Gregg’s website,

My name is Gregg Harris. I am a delight-directed student of all that pertains to life and godliness. Through Noble Institute I apply my Adult Education studies at the University of Dayton and Wright State University to design and present intensive, life-changing educational and inspirational events for families. I now have over 36 years experience in evangelical teaching ministry.

My passion is to shine the light of God’s Word on the paths we walk as families. I’ve found that God has a lot to say to us about how to manage our households well, if we will only take the time to listen.

Josh (36), my oldest son, and Alex and Brett (24), the twins, are published authors and speakers, who have touched many lives with the truth of God’s Word and the Gospel. Joel (29) is going on to seminary.

Of course, I’ve also made a lot of mistakes along the way. And with three younger children still on the launching pad (Sarah, Isaac, and James), I’m not done figuring things out. I’m still learning as I go and still going to God’s Word for the answers I need. Since losing my dear wife Sono to cancer, I’ve needed God more than ever.

I would love to come speak in your area. Take a minute to browse my speaking page and popular topics. I’d also be happy to connect with you on FacebookTwitterLinkedin, or whatever social networking sites you frequent.

You’re invited to join the conversation on my weekly Conference Call or on my blog, where I share thoughts on marriage, parenting, church, and missions.

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