Mothers and fathers might just look at this list and begin teaching their boys these most important things for them to know for life. My son learned these things from me, so don't say the boy does not have a father since my son learned these from his mother, not his dad.
Your son does not have to be a gourmet cook. Teach him the basic recipes at first and let him experiment as he gets older and allow him creativity in the kitchen.The best age to begin is when he is 7 years old. Have him work in the kitchen so that is a fun and joyful place to be. You will find it will be easier to do things yourself, but unless you catch a boy early and let him get his interest growing there, he won't want to later. Boys tend to like to conquer.If you allow your son to get down and dirty and make mistakes in the kitchen he will like it and thrive there too. Everyone needs to eat, so you will be teaching him a skill he will always use.
Now this is not limited to the housework, but it sure does include the housework! Don't think this is not important, because it is vital.Your son will know how to wash his own clothes and strip a bed and make it and keep germs from forming in the bathroom he will always be using. Start early around the age of 6 to give him your help in making his bed with clean sheets. When he is able to reach the controls on the washer, let him push the buttons. Meanwhile give him lessons how to sort clothes so his white shirt stays white and not get his red head band bleeding into that. Grab a dust cloth and a mop and let him do both when he is able to accomplish even the beginning of those tasks.
God made us so we can admire his creations. People are God's greatest creation and so boys, sons should learn how to admire the greatest gift he will ever behold. Teach him respect for a woman. Have lots of heart to heart talks with him about woman's feelings and how women think. If there is no woman in the house, find a woman you admire and tell your son about those traits you know about that woman. You don't have to mention her name and she does not have to be present. Teach your son how to react when he is around someone who is not admiring a woman in the correct way.Your son needs to know how to admire a woman and the wrong ways of treating a woman too. Start early and show him by examples when you, dad, are around a woman or some other visible way as early as he is able to hear and see.Progress as he gets older to teach him all the things above.
One of the best things you can teach a son is how thankful you are that you have him in your family.He learns from what you do. His self worth begins as a little guy. He might not be very fortunate to have both parents until he is an adult so begin when he is able to listen to you tell him what a great boy he is for making your life so wonderful. Tell him what a good job he did brushing his teeth when he is a toddler and smile when you see him in the morning while you tell him you love him and are happy he is part of the family. Compliment him so he knows and learns how to do that when he grows into teens and beyond.
Love builds self esteem. Letting a child make simple decisions that have a positive outcome will add value to your son's life.When little accomplishments are achieved self esteem builds.Include your son in choosing small tasks like what he would like to do after his nap. This gives boys value in part of the daily activities and builds self esteem because he is considered in part of a team if only a team of two. Explain things rather than just saying no when your son is young. The words will linger and foundations for self esteem and making wise choices remembering your reasons add to a son's self esteem.
True list indeed! H5
H5...I love these kinds of lists. I think that these are all important...but I would have bumped one (and they're so good, I don't know which one)and encouraged parents to teach boys to stand up. Especially in a time when there are so many absent fathers. I think a lot of our boys get a little too much of mama kissing their boo-boo and not enough of daddy brushing them off and putting them back in the game--and that's just one example. At the end of the day, there are things that a boy can really only learn from a man (like how to treat a woman) and with the shift that has been taking place over the last several decades, we haven't quite figured it all out yet.
select one here...