Help boys grow to Men
A fabulous article by Mark Hancock identifies many reasons why boys in today’s society are struggling to survive and thrive. If you have a young man in your life, and care about how and what he develops into becoming, PLEASE read Mark’s analysis.
I’m going to spin the article around, from identifying causes/problems, to specific action items we can pursue. Perhaps these are “Tips for Parenting a Boy”…
- Expose him regularly to positive male role models – give him examples of “Who can I be like?”
- at church
- at school
- at home
- Jesus is the perfect example
- Tell him stories that introduce him to examples of living, within the boundaries of right and wrong defined by God.
- What happens when I do right?
- What happens when I do wrong?
- The most impactful times I experienced with my parents, was when I saw THEM change course in their own lives, when they learned a lesson. Seeing a parent grow and develop inspires the children! Don’t hide your growth from them.
- Why are God’s standards better than man’s standards?
- Mankind is corruptible and can be perverted – set his sights to the highest level
- the stability of God’s laws and his grace is a wonderful experience
- Let him experience risk-based trust in God
- I think God may be leading me to ____, and it will cost me something (time, money, effort, peer-pressure), but the reward(s) might be…
- In my own journal, I ask myself: “How much religion is enough? How much faith is enough?”
- Help him explore extremes, because Jesus certainly did.
- Help him answer the question, “what is it like to be loved by God?”