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The Essentials When Raising a Boy

Raising boys or just kids is a pain in the ass! Have you tried doing it? Well, it’s not easy. I’m helping my girlfriend raise hers, and, so far, it’s been a nice ride; however, rough at times—especially coming from my perspective since I’m a like a stepdad.

Anyway, I think that there are certain rules to establish when raising a boy. I came up with ten things to teach a boy while he is growing up.

1. Always have manners: at the table, bathroom, while with guests, etc.
2. Always be organized.
3. Don’t be a dirtbag. Clean after yourself.
4. Respect your elders.
5. Socialize and don’t be afraid to have conversations with adults.
6. Look after your health: eat right, exercise, play outside, etc.
7. Never be disrespectful to teachers.
8. Stay clean and make sure you are always presentable.
9. Keep your environment clean: bedroom, house, desk at school.
10. Never hit a girl.

There are obviously more essentials than this that an adult has to teach when raising a boy. Can you think of any? Please feel free to comment!

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MelissaE wrote on March 4, 2015, 2:28 PM

Having raised a boy who is soon to be 17, I know it can be difficult. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Feisty56 wrote on March 4, 2015, 2:50 PM

Having raised both boys and girls, I found raising the male of the species less difficult overall than the females. Raising children, whether male or female, is difficult at times. I don't know any experienced parents who would say otherwise.

cheri wrote on March 8, 2015, 1:59 AM

These are good reminders. I have one little boy whose age is 9.

Jammaker wrote on March 23, 2015, 10:53 AM

I hope to also teach my boys that they don't have to be "tough guys". It's ok to have and express emotions, but I think too many boys don't get that message still.

WritingLover wrote on April 20, 2015, 4:32 PM

I have a little boy and I found this article to be a very interesting read.