Inspired by a recent Pin about mothers and daughters, Tabitha Studer, blogger for Team Studer, created a post on the blog called “25 Rules for Mothers of Sons.”
Among other rules, the writer lists several that are supported by research about what works with boys:
1. Teach him the words for how he feels. See our post, “Talking to Your Young Son.” The importance of this rule cannot be overstated.
4. Read to him and read with him. One of the most significant things that parents can do for their sons is to foster a love for reading. Our post, “Another Reason to Encourage Your Son to Read,” contains a summary of research on this important strategy.
6. Make sure he has examples of good men who are powerful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity. This one is so important that the White House is promoting nationwide initiatives. Read about it in our blog post, “The White House Council on Boys and Men.”
21. Give him something to release his energy. Our post, “Your Son’s Weight and Antisocial Behavior” speaks to the many benefits of exercise and good nutrition. Ignoring this may mean a multitude of health and emotional problems for him.
24. Kiss him. A mother’s parenting style is so important in her son’s sense of well-being and his socialization. We posted an article, “Certain Parenting Style Can Lead to Children’s Aggression.”
The following rules can be searched to substantiate their effectiveness. Hardly anyone could argue their importance!
8. Be an example of a beautiful woman with brains, determination, and integrity.
15. Let him lose.
17. Remind him that practice makes perfect.
18. Answer him when he asks, “Why?”
22. Build him forts.
23. Take him to new places.
Then, there are some that we like because they are in line with the curriculum and focus of our signature product, The Uzima Manhood Program for African American Males, which is designed to be in churches:
9. Teach him to have manners.
10. Give him something to believe in.
16. Give him opportunities to help others.
20. Let his dad teach him how to do things. Mothers don’t do things the way that men do them, but we need to allow the “father figure” in our sons’ lives to teach them. They learn best how to become men from other men.