The Dos and Don’ts of Parenting Boys

Parenting doesn't come with a manual. It pushes you into the unmarked territory of raising smart and disciplined kids. It's even more challenging to raise boys because they're active, loud, and energetic.

The Dos and Don’ts of Parenting Boys

Sometimes, if not all the time, you may not be able to match their energies. Fortunately, you can figure out a few things to bring up the well-behaved, calm, yet intelligent boys.

The best thing is to start instilling virtues while young.

So, what are the dos and don’ts of parenting boys?

Let’s get started!


Indoctrinate Polite Behavior

As a parent, it’s not easy to see your boy wallow in negative thoughts and behavior. Rudeness and unruly behavior are learned. Infants are born innocent, teachable, and adorable. Without parental guidance, they can grow to be rude children.

You fail your boy if you don't teach him manners and respect for other people and fellow kids. Inculcate good social skills to help your child relate with others in the classroom, on the playground, and in life in general.

Kids can learn social skills from parents and school. Even during the pandemic period when learning has gone virtual, you can enroll your boy for virtual kindergarten.

As a parent, you're your boy's coping instructor. Be polite, and your boy will follow your steps.

Monitor Their Aggressiveness

Video gaming is a fast-growing multibillion-dollar industry. Video games are popular for all ages, but they can have adverse effects on children. On average, boys spend more than two hours playing these games.

This growing trend concerns parents because boys are being drawn to violent games and toys such as weapons, swords, and guns. The fantasies of boys killing a bad guy or playing a hero by killing an enemy can lead to aggression.

Although these games can help in building self-confidence, your boy may end up being rough in that other children may not want to associate with him.

Emphasize Empathy and Kindness

Being rough is a rigid societal rule around masculinity. But you can teach and encourage your boy's sensitivity. Teach them kindness by being gentle to fellow kids and pets.

You can read him stories about what kindness can do. Search for opportunities in the community to volunteer on mentoring programs. It can help your kids think positively about others every single day.


Telling Him Real Men Don’t Cry

There has been a misconception that real men should not cry. Society tends to judge men who get emotional. But this should not be the case. Teach your boy that it’s okay to express his frustrations and emotions healthily.

Boys Don't Get Scared

We are humans but don't build bravery in your boys in the wrong way. Overcoming fears is a good idea, but boys should understand it's human enough to feel fear.

The Bottom Line

It might be tricky to raise your son as well as staying a step ahead as a parent. But you can give your best by following these dos and don'ts.

Importantly, your son is different from other kids, so don’t compare him with kids his age. You’re already doing great as a parent!

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