Our last post was about father daughter talks. This week, we’re talking about the time fathers spend with their sons. Man to man talk is all well and good, but it’s important to remember that sons and daughters alike need reaffirmation of love – from both parents.
Tips Fathers Give Their Sons
Some of the top pieces of advice fathers give their sons include:
- Ask questions. Make your own decisions. Never follow blindly.
- As a child, parents may seem invincible. They are not; they are human.
- No one knows everything. The moment someone thinks they know everything, they learn that they know very little.
- Be open to learning. Everyone makes mistakes. If a mistake is made, do not point fingers. Do not look for fault in yourself or in those around you. Do look at the mistake as an opportunity to learn, to grow, to improve, and to experience life diplomatically.
- Hearing has to do with noise. Listening is more related to actual understanding. Learn the difference between the two. Understand why listening is perhaps the most important skill in relationships of any length.
- Have respect. Respect your elders, respect your friends, and respect the women you date, respect the environment, respect humanity, and respect yourself. By showing respect, you are setting an example of how people should treat each other. The people you interact with (by choice and by obligation) will be better off for the example you set.
- Hope is present. Dreams are real. Enjoy your hopes and dreams, despite the fact that you will inevitably have to do things you do not like at times. Just make sure your career involves your hopes and dreams – not purely your obligations.
- Choose your battles. Know when to stand up for what is right, and know when it’s better to just walk away.
- When the battles get rough, know that it is okay to be sad. It is okay to be mad, and it is okay to cry. These are all normal and perfectly acceptable human behaviors, regardless of gender. It is not okay to take physical action or matters of revenge with the intent to harm.
- In times of doubt, gather your confidence with the knowledge that your old man will always love you.