What You Need To Teach Your Son
Before the industrial revolution, it was common for men to spend much of their day in the company of their sons—either on the family farm or in the family business. In those settings, dads could teach their sons practical lessons as well as the lessons of leadership, protection, and provision expected of manhood.
Take time to instruct your son anytime you’re about to do one of these tasks yourself. It’s not efficient, but the investment of your time can be priceless. Whether you do it proactively, reactively, or both, what matters most is taking the time to build a legacy with your son(s).
Making the effort to teach these, however, will give you valuable time with your son(s) and will give you a practical opportunity to present principles of leading, protecting and providing, all the while building confidence in their abilities as emerging men.
1. Speak in public—there’s power in the spoken word.
2. Read good books—leaders are readers.
3. Play an instrument—( if you as a dad know how to play one ) especially because of the discipline required.
4. Play individual, two-person, and team sports.
5. Build a fire.
6. Camp out—pitch the tent, cook stuff over the fire, the whole thing.
7. Carve a turkey.
8. Light a stove
9. Jump start a car.
10. Use basic tools—hammer, saw, wrench, screwdriver.
11. Paint a room—trim and all.
12. Skin an animal.
13. Be a gentleman—open doors, stand when a woman approaches at dinner, etc.
14. Grow stuff.
15. Iron a shirt—and do laundry and other work around the house in a manly way.
16. Manage money—keep a balanced checkbook, show generosity, and learn basic saving and investing.
17. Shake a hand—strong shake (save the tuna for dinner) and look ’em in the eye.
18. Give a man hug—skip the side hug, and go arms spread eagle with bold back slaps.
19. Keep vows.
20. Dress like a gentleman—coordinate pants, shirts, jackets, ties, belts, socks, etc., appropriately to the occasion.
21. Serve others— help with heavy loads.
22. Handle loss—sports and games in preparation for loss in work and relationships.
23. Be responsible and take responsibilities.