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Tips For Raising Boys

Raising boys is very different from raising girls. Toddler boys are more boisterous. Their rambunctious energy need guidance to ensure that they grow up to be the best man they can be. Here are some tips from parents with little boys to help you out.

Be An Example

The first step is to realize that your little boy is watching your every word and action, so always be courteous and respectful to others. For example, when you are having an argument with your husband, do not do it in front of your son, let your husband open the car door for you, always say please and thank you. Good manners are both “taught” and “caught” as children observe their parents showing politeness and compassion to one another.

Allow Your Son To Show His Emotions

They say real men do not cry. While it is expected for boys to be strong and to stifle their tears and their anger, it is much better for boys to learn how to express their emotions. When your little boy gets upset, let him express himself as long as he is not violent or out of control. Once he has cooled down, talk to your little boy about what he is feeling and why. Help him label his emotions, whether it is angry, hurt, sad or scared. Giving him an outlet (e.g. drawing, playing the guitar, etc.) is also another way for him to redirect and express his emotions in a more positive manner.

Make Your Son Responsible

A sense of responsibility will be very beneficial for him especially for his home and school life. Following instructions and completing tasks are two skills that are slow to develop in boys. Give him some responsibility by assigning him simple household chores. Assign your little boy to set-up the dining table, fix his bed, place his laundered clothes in the closet or ask him to help you water the plants.

Teach Your Son Important Manners

Teach your son how to respect people, especially women. Encourage him to be a gentleman by opening doors for you, not hitting girls, to speak out when someone is being bullied, to offer his seat to women and old people and to carry packages. Teach him to smile when greeting people, say excuse, to not use words that could offend others (swear words) and to say “sorry” when he has hurt someone. Talk to your toddler. Explain the emotions of people or the characters in books and television to help him make the connection. By teaching your son these little gestures at an early age, a respectful attitude towards others will be cultivated.

Make Time For Play

Boys tend to have a lot of energy and repressed energy can turn into disturbing behaviour. Add physical activities to his daily routine. Let him play with the neighbour’s kids on the playground. Play simple activities together that can help enhance his motor skills and fulfill his thirst for action.

Encourage, Not Discourage

Never compare him to other toddler boys. If your toddler boy loves to dance, do not enroll him in a taekwondo class. Encourage his interests even if they are not “boy” activities. Instilling a strong sense of self in your toddler will make it easier for him to accept and respect other people’s differences.

Show Your Love

As your little boy gets older, he will likely feel embarrassed with your hugs and kisses especially when there are other people around. But even if he says he does not want it, he still needs affection. Think of sneaky ways to show physical affection – a quick hug when no one is around, a goodnight kiss, a pat on the back or a handshake. Praise your toddler boy for his good behaviour.

Raising toddler boys is a challenge. But, with the help of these tips, you can raise a thoughtful, well-rounded son you can be proud of.

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