Women’s roles having been changing over the past few decades and men’s roles in society have been changing along with them. As those roles change, so must the rules that we teach our children.
Here are some lessons your son will need to successfully navigate this changing world.
How to Do Chores
The days of a woman solely being responsible for keeping up a household are long gone. These days women expect help at home from their partners. That can be a bit of a shock for men who weren’t raised to chip in around the house. Start from an early age teaching your child to clean up after himself and after others. He needs to realize right from the beginning that everyone is responsible for running a household.
Kindness has long been viewed as a more feminine attribute, but the truth is the world can benefit from kindness, whether it comes from a man or a woman.
Many of this world’s problems could be alleviated if everyone started teaching children the value of kindness from a young age.
Don’t Be a Follower
As some boys get older, they end up getting in trouble -- at home and at school. While some of those boys are instigators, others are simply following their friends because they’re too scared to tell them no, even if they know what they’re doing is wrong.
The best way to avoid this scenario is to always teach your boy to follow his heart and his instincts. Tell him to never go along with something he knows is wrong just because it’s the easiest choice. When you see him making courageous decisions, applaud him and let him know how proud you are.
Set Up Some Habits
Some habits are bad, like smoking, and others, like exercise, are good. If you want something to become second nature, you should make it a habit from the time they are little.
Whether it’s saving 20 percent of every dollar your child earns or making it a point to get some exercise or reading time every day, it’s important to create consistency. It’s too easy to give up on something if you don’t commit to making it a habit.
The World Doesn’t Revolve Around You
That’s a powerful message for kids to understand in an era where selfies and narcissism have become commonplace. Let your child know that while you’ll always love him, there’s a big world out there that has real problems. Take him to places where he can volunteer and where he can see he’s doing good things. If he becomes more in touch with what some people in the world are facing, he’ll be less likely to become too self-involved.
Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She can be reached at email@example.com.