20 Things Every Boy Should Know
Growing up there were many things my parents “tried” to teach me. Things that were important and every little boy should know. They are not complicated life lessons but lessons that will serve a little boy as a stepping stone on their way to manhood.
Awhile ago, I made a list of 20 Things Every Father Should Know. I made the original list about things that a man needs to remember to be a good father (from a father’s position). As I have watched my little boy grow up, I realized that it was only fair that he needed a list of things to help him someday become a good man, husband and father.
I am not going to say that I have a definitive list of things that are right or wrong for a little boy to know. I know that anyone can make a list of things to help. These are just 20 items that helped me when I was little boy on my journey towards manhood.
20 Things Every Boy Should Know
Keeping clean is important
1. Cleaning up your act – You must take a bath or shower whether you think you need it or not! As the old saying goes, “cleanliness is next to godliness” and truthfully at some point you might want to have friends.
2. Respect matters – Respect your elders. Answer them directly with a polite tone. You should use certain words and phrases, “thank you“, “please“, “you’re welcome” and “excuse me.” Remember someday you will become an elder and want a young person to respect you.
3. Put it up – The chair, couch, coffee table, dining room table, bed and floor are not the proper places to keep your clothes. There will a be a time in your life that you will be 100% responsible for purchasing them and maintaining them.
Clothes are meant to be put up!
4. Own it – If you make a mistake, own up to it. You will probably still get in trouble, but it is more likely you will get in less trouble than by denying it.
5. The real world – Turn off the electronics sometimes. There is “real” life going on outside. Don’t miss out on discovering what the world is all about.
Try to keep the body odor to a minimum!
6. Deodorant is a must – You might not like it, but you will mature. Trust me with maturity comes body odor. You can start life right and use deodorant. You might even keep friends and make a few new ones.
7. Sharing is caring – Learn to share with others. It can give you a good feeling when you share with others, and you might make a new friend.
8. Fighting hurts – You might think it is the best solution to a problem, but ultimately you will bleed as much as the next person. It is easier to learn to talk to someone than to inflict pain on yourself.
9. Love is good – It’s okay to give your father and mother a hug and a kiss. People may tell you it’s not manly, but someday they will be gone, and you will look back and wish you had done it more.
Giving your little boy a kiss is never bad.
10. Wake up - Sleep in on Saturday morning but be ready to get up if necessary. As you are growing, you will need your sleep. Sometimes you will be asked to get up early on Saturdays to do fun things. Don’t miss the opportunities.
11. Ask – Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t know how to do something, tell someone. The only questions that are stupid to ask are the one’s we are afraid to ask. It is better admitting that we don’t know everything, but are willing to learn how to do it.
Leaving doors open happens a lot when you have kids!
12. Close door policy – Close the door thoroughly when you enter or leave the house. You are not required to air condition or heat the outside world (besides it actually does not work).
13. School work – Do your homework! The things you learn in school might not seem pertinent, but you never know when something might be useful later in life.
14. Containers – It’s okay to eat the last item on a shelf but at least remove the empty container. It’s even better if you tell someone you ate the last item on the shelf so they might replace the item in a timely fashion.
15. Reading – Read because you want to not because you have to. Learning to love to read will help you increase your imagination. Reading gives you an opportunity to go on adventures to the moon, Africa or the center of the earth.
16. Smile – Smiling is free. It never hurts to smile at another person, and you might make someone feel better (besides I guarantee your parents like your smile).
17. Power – Turn off the lights when you are not using them. You actually do not need every light in the house on. If you can remember to do this, you will not have your parents constantly reminding you to turn off the lights when you leave a room.
18. Laugh – Life does not always have to be taken seriously. You will become happier the sooner you learn to laugh at things in your life. You might even find you have an easier time at making the people around you happier.
19. Peer pressure – Be unique and do not let your friends pressure you into things that you do not want to do. Guess what? If you know they are wrong, they are wrong!
20. Fruits and vegetables – Eat your fruits and vegetables. They will not hurt you, and someday your body might appreciate that you learned to love them when you were young.
By no means is this a complete list. What do you think of the list? Anything you would like to add? Anything you would like to take off of the list? Tell me in the comments!
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