13 things to teach your Sons before they turn Teenagers.

Train up a child in the way he should grow and when he is old, he will never depart from it.
This is the importance of catching them young, whatever habit and behaviour you instill in your child becomes a part and parcel of him, hardly will he or she deviate from it.

These are the 14 things you should endeavor to teach your child before he becomes a teenager.

1.Respect:

you should endeavour to teach your child to be respectful both to you and his elders and even his peers. One thing about respect is that its reciprocal. Once you give out respect to other people, you will be respected in return.

2.Personal Hygiene:

You should teach your son the basics of personal hygiene, to take care of himself and his environment. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so endeavour to pass this accross to your son. Brushing his teeth, keeping his room and the house clean should be instilled in them while they are young. NOW it doesn’t matter if you are rich, or if you have house help, these habits you are instilling in them will be their guiding principles when the become an adult. Dont let the house help do all the chores in the house while your son does nothing, you might be raising a bad son.

3. Bring your Son close to God

Here is doesn’t matter your religion, you should as a matter of urgency and for the good of the child, bring him closer to God. You should know that you are just an earthly custodian of the child, an thus you should let him know his Maker at this tender age, he surely will not deviate from this either.

4. Sex Education.

Give the child the basic sex education or he will learn it from the wrong source. We tend to shy away from anything about sex, and no wonder a whole lot of misinformation about SEX and your son will eventually learn the wrong one.
Sex education is quite important for your son and the society at large.

5.How to Cook:

Your son should be able to prepare his basic meal by the time he turns a teenager. Cooking skills is a survival skill as so should be taught at tender age.You should know that all these skill will eventually help them to become independent because they will not stay with you forever.

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6.How to make their own money legitimately.

Now we think that children at this age should be only concerned about education. NO, i am here to tell you the importance of allowing your child to make their own money legitimately during holidays. Those little change they make on their own is quite bigger than the thousands you gave them.
If you carry your own water, you will know the importance of every drop.
It builds their tenacity and also for them to know that they will have to work for every penny they earn and that things don’t actually comes easy.
“Don’t  try to handicap your child by making their life easy”

7.How to Drive:

In as much as he might not have his driving licence at that age, driving is a basic skill you should teach your son in the case of emergency. YOU will not always be around, and emergencies do crop up from time to time. You should train your son in such a way to be able to assume some of your responsibility when may be you travelled.Driving is a survival skill, teach that to your son.

8.Let your Son have a Back up Skill.

By a Back up skill i mean a money making skill that can earn him money. The world is evolving, it’s not about what you studied in school, but what you can do with your hands. There are some soft skills your son can learn while combining it with his education, Skills like web design, digital marketing, social media Marketing, graphic design, coding, are skills he can do with a laptop and internet connection and they are high paying skills too. Avail him of these opportunities while he is young.

9.Personal Grooming:

This like personal hygiene above is also quite very important. Knowing when to cut his finger nails, barbing his hair, brushing his teeth and other personal grooming skills as a young man. Once again the aim of all these things is that it’s easier to learn while they are young and almost impossible to learn while they are older.
” Adighi amu aka ekpe na nka”

10: To value Ladies

“Ladies first” as a Son he probably has sisters, you should teach him to value his sisters and ladies in general, you should teach him to allow ladies first in his dealings with them.Ladies are the weaker sex and he should treat them with respect and love. its always the ladies first no matter what.

11. Teach your son that it’s ok to confide in you.

Now most parents are always unavailable for their son and thus don’t even know when their son is passing through a whole lot of stress. You should be available to your son, make out time and hang out with him, in that way you will know when something is troubling him and when you does find out, it might probably be too late.

12.Teach his love Reading:

Their are few things better than reading, by reading i mean off curriculum reading, take him to the local library and get him registered. You should also buy him good books and offer him incentives so that he can read and summarise the book for you. Reading is such an excellent skill and your son will travel in books. Those books he is reading is actually developing and forming his mental tenacity. Books will develope your son in ways you cannot now imagine.
You can offer him some monetary incentives just to lure him to read books, that is the best investment you can make in him.

13.Exercise

The importance of regular exercises cannot be over emphasised. Do a regular work out with him atleast 3 times a week  and also allow him to play with his peers, not just in school but also  during the holidays. Regular excercise is a way to add to your life span, teaching your son this at the tender age is quite a significant thing to do for him.

Summary:

The key here is to train your child in the way he should grow and when he comes of age, he will never deviate from them.

A father that does the above will enjoy a whole level of connection with his son than a Father that doesn’t.
A child whose father taught the above will be much more independent and confident than a child whose father didn’t.

You should teach your son the basics of personal hygiene, to take care of himself and his environment. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so endeavour to pass this accross to your son. Brushing his teeth, keeping his room and the house clean should be instilled in them while they are young. NOW it doesn’t matter if you are rich, or if you have house help, these habits you are instilling in them will be their guiding principles when the become an adult. Dont let the house help do all the chores in the house while your son does nothing, you might be raising a bad son.

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