20 Things a Mom Should Tell Her Son
This is borrowed from Mud Pies and Tiaras. Please see view the original at the link above.
I've changed it, and re-arranged it a bit to fit my needs...
As a mom, it can be hard to know when and what to say to our sons...we weren't boys growing up, and growing up with "those parts" is MUCH different than it was for us. It's great when you have a husband around, because they can learn from them, and having that role-model is important... But there are things that we can teach and tell our sons, to help shape them into the man that we KNOW they should and could be... Here are a few things all mom's should tell her sons. I've broken them down by age, since some are CLEARLY not for young children... however, if you have an older child/adult, they can ALL apply to them!!
Things you should tell your young son:
1. Play a sport.
It will teach you how to:
win with honor,
lose with grace,
work with others,
manage your time
and stay out of trouble.
And maybe even throw or catch.
2. Use careful aim when you pee.
Somebody’s got to clean that up, you know.
(I tell my son this EVERY time he goes into the bathroom...any bathroom. I always say the same thing.... IN, NOT ON)
3.Your knowledge and education is something
that nobody can take away from you.
This is why it's so important to stay in school
and PAY ATTENTION.
4. Allow me to introduce you
to the dishwasher, oven,
washing machine, iron,
vacuum, mop and broom.
Now please go use them.
5. It is always better to be kind
than to be right.
6. They're called "Private Parts" for a reason.
Please do not scratch them in public.
7. “Yes ma’am” and “Yes Sir”
still go a long way.
(It's sad that our generation has
fallen so far out of step with this!)
8. Take pride in your appearance.
You never know who's watching.
(There are MANY stories, told and untold
of people who've gotten places in life from being
in the right place at the right time. Now, imagine
one of those people, who met a CEO at a coffee shop
by accident... picture them with their pants sagging.
Things would be TOTALLY different for them today!)
Things you should tell your teen son:
9. Peer pressure is a scary thing.
Be a good leader and others will follow.
(I realize how difficult this is...
If you CAN'T be a leader, DON'T be a follower!)
10. Be strong and tender at the same time.
11. Don’t ever be a bully
and don’t ever start a fight,
but if some idiot clocks you,
please defend yourself.
12. Social Media is great, but what you say on the internet is
(There are lots of people who've lost jobs/loves and more
from saying the wrong thing on the internet. These things
can haunt you for a lifetime.)
13. Treat women kindly.
Forever is a long time to live alone,
and it’s even longer to live with somebody
who hates your guts.
14.Remember to call your mother
because I might be missing you.
15. Save money when you’re young
because you’re going to need it someday.
For those with older/grown children... a few specifically for them:
16. A woman can do everything that you can do.
This includes her having a successful career
and you changing diapers at 3 A.M.
Mutual respect is the key to a good relationship.
17. Bringing her flowers for no reason
is always a good idea.
18. A sense of humor
goes a long way
in the healing process.
19. Please choose your spouse wisely.
My daughter-in-law will be the gatekeeper for me
spending time with you and my grandchildren.
20. You will set the tone
for the sexual relationship,
so don’t take something away from her
that you can’t give back.
And one for EVERYONE..
Pray and be a spiritual leader.
Again, this was posted in it's original form at Mud Pies and Tiara's, one of my favorite blogs that I read. Please, take the time to visit and read the original...and thank her for her wisdom!!