Boys are made from snips and snails and puppy dog tails or so the saying goes. It could be true but we also know that they are made through love, discipline and affection. What parent doesn’t want their child to grow into a well-balanced member of the society? It sounds like a tough job but lucky for you I have compiled five tips to help you through the process.
1. Let Him Blow Off Some Steam
Boys definitely have a lot of energy and they need to blow it off. Take your son to parks, the beach, or his friend’s house. That way he can run around and climb trees, play in the waves, build sandcastles, and enjoy himself. Let your boy be a boy but remind him that there is a time and place for everything.
2. Encourage His Interests
Encourage your son when he takes up different interests. He may come up with some crazy interest that you can’t see him doing but it’s only because he is still exploring his likes and dislikes. He might want to enroll in a dancing class at first and then want to be on a baseball team. Some of his friends might ridicule him for his choices but that will only help him determine his identity. You should try to help him understand that people have different likes and he shouldn’t take it to heart.
3. Give Him Positive Praise
Boys are normally labelled as naughty, and they most certainly can be! Try to build up your son’s indication of right and wrong with positive and negative praise. They should be able to determine what actions are good and which are bad.
Teach your son to socialise by arranging a few play dates with other children. Encourage them to socialise and they will grow comfortable with sharing, making new friends, and playing nice. Children who grow up alone tend to struggle with sharing because all the toys in their room belong to them and they don’t have to share it with their brothers or sisters. Helping your boy socialise at an early age will help him grow into a well rounded man who can easily socialise with the people in his life.
5. Get Involved at School
Teachers spend a lot of their time with your children and they basically know them just as well (if not better) than you do. Talk to your son’s teacher and get information about their personality, how they socialise, their weaknesses and their strengths. We’re not talking about you being a spy just show some interest in your son’s life. You’ll learn a few things you might not have known about him and you’ll get a good indication if he’s on the right track.
This article was written by a fabulous guest poster. Ruan Smit was one of the lucky ones who had a loving mother and father and a younger brother who taught him to share his monster high dolls when he grew up.