Young adults whether in their teens or early adulthood all experience many physical and emotional changes that can be confusing at times.
I have two sons, aged 18 and 22 years old and I embrace all the advice, guidance and encouragement I can get while raising them. It has been more than an unbroken bond and everlasting love relationship. Raising sons has been a challenge, a lesson, a blessing and a calling for me. I believe that everyone was chosen to be who they are and loved for who they’ve become. “What greater aspiration and challenge are there for a mother than the hope of raising a great son or daughter?” ~ Rose Kennedy
Let’s pray with and for our children and help them develop a strong sense of well-being and sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others. Communicate with them, a lot! I’m fortunate to have my husband being the great dad he is, to help me with this. We communicate regularly and make a point of it to meet with our sons once a week to discuss any issues that arise be it good or bad. It keeps us all on track and help to keep everyone involved and accountable for each of their areas in the roles they play.
Listen to what they tell you or doesn’t tell you. Look for messages even silence or outbursts. I’ve experienced that listening to them reveal much of the kind of mothering they need to become a good caring man.
Let’s encourage our kids to be responsible by helping them set their own goals and expectations. Let’s encourage their emotions. Generations of boys have been raised to ‘do’ rather than to feel. Too often boys are praised for their accomplishments and not for how they treat their friends. Let’s get our boys involved in domestic chores. Household chores and other age appropriate duties will also teach them responsibility at a very young age. Emphasize how much men need to contribute in this area, too. On this level their father is also a great example to them which gives them no excuse to slack I guess.
‘Pray, communicate, love and support their dreams’
As his mom, teach him about strength, leadership, determination and the ability to achieve. The deep emotional connection between mothers and sons has been demonized for far too long. Just as your son has inherent boy power, you have the mom power it takes to raise a son who is self-assured and respectful of others.
“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family”
~ Mother Theresa