I’m always thinking, “what can I teach my boys today that will help them in their future?”
As a mom of boys, I feel a sense of responsibility to society to raise my boys into respectable gentlemen. One day they will be a boyfriend, husband, co-worker, employee, boss, uncle, father, and grandfather.
This whole parenting gig is not easy and sometimes I’m not sure how I’m doing.
When I’m feeling overwhelmed or exhausted, I give my husband “the look”. He knows this means “tag you’re it” and he takes over. And I do the same for him.
My boys are still young, but this is the time to start molding them. I make sure to shower them with lots of hugs, kisses, and most importantly encouragement. I want them to have a good foundation, because that’s where it starts.
- When a girl says “no” she means “no”.
- Always look people in the eyes. Making eye-contact shows confidence.
- Don’t be the one that does all of the talking….listen to others; you’ll learn a lot.
- Mental health days are good for your soul.
- If someone tells you, “Don’t tell your parents,” that’s probably a sign that you shouldn’t do it.
- Always hold the door for others.
- Do not let the fear of failure stand in your way.
- Give up your seat for others.
- Have good table manners.
- Watch your debt; your 30-something self will thank you later.
- Be a good sport. Never kick dirt, throw a bat, swear or yell.
- See people as they are, not how you wish they were.
- Wear sunscreen even when you think you don’t need it.
- Never text and drive…EVER.
- Sexting is a federal offense.
- Happiness is a choice; if others bring you down you can choose not to be around them. You have the power and are in charge of your happiness.
- Learn how to create a budget and stick to it.
- You don’t get a second chance for a first impression.
- Learn to cook. This will help you in your bachelor years and there’s no woman alive that won’t dig this.
- Treat a girl like you would want your dad to treat your mom.
- Take chances in life – you’ll never know until you try.
- Trust your intuition. If you think it’s wrong, it probably is.
- Don’t be a bully. Help others when in need.
- Please choose your spouse wisely.
- Texting is for friends; remember to call your mom. You won’t always live under the same roof, but your mom would still love to hear your actual voice.
What are some lessons you are trying to teach your son(s)?