I just finished a great book called Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys by Hal and Melanie Young.
The Youngs have spent the past 20+ years parenting and homeschooling eight children, six of which are boys. Raising boys isn’t easy, and they won’t fool you into believing that it is. You will appreciate their honesty about their parenting successes and failures.
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If you’re worried about how your son is ever going to grow up and be a productive member of society, then you should read this book. Hal and Melanie have many helpful tips for teaching your son to think for himself, grow spiritually, find worthy role models, to manage finances, and most importantly just to make good decisions that will shape the rest of his life.
One of the ideas they touched on that really resonated with me was how we as parents should encourage our children to rise above their fears in order to not miss opportunities to serve the Lord and their community. This is a valuable lesson that we all can learn from.
Life is a journey, and we are our children’s primary role models. If you take the time to cultivate good relationships with your children and then use those relationships to teach them good, Biblical morals and values, then you have a very good chance of raising caring, responsible adults. What more can you ask for?