3 Life Skills Dads Need to Teach Their Boys


Raising a child can be an incredibly challenging experience, as well as incredibly rewarding. Being a father to a son is a massive responsibility, but also an amazing opportunity to help someone grow into a confident and competent individual and it gives a father the chance to grow a little himself along the way.

Teaching a son some life skills isn’t necessarily about outdoorsman pursuits like hunting or knots but is often about their conduct and their approach to their responsibilities.

Every father should want their son to grow up to be a responsible and competent member of the community, and by teaching them a few life skills they can give their son the best chance possible of becoming an honorable gentleman who will make their whole family proud as they grow into an adult.

Here are a few life skills every dad should teach their son so that they become a man they can be proud of and rely upon to act responsibly and honor their family and their community.

1. Be a Gentleman, Know How to Shake Hands

First impressions count for a lot in life.

Your son will have to introduce himself many times throughout his life, including some very important introductions, such as to prospective employers and even their future life partners.

Teaching your son how to politely introduce himself, coupled with a confident handshake, is a simple life skill that will benefit them all the way through adulthood.

2. Work Hard Before You Play Hard

Many people say that hard work is its own reward, and though this is often true, it is also important to make sure your son balances working hard with enjoying himself and following passions and pursuits outside of his studies or employment.

This life balance can often be skewed too far one way or the other, and you may even find this in your own life.

Try to instill the idea in your son’s mind that before he enjoys himself, he needs to earn the time and money to do so, and that it is just as important he makes time to enjoy his life and the world around him and not spend his life stuck behind a desk.

3. Spend Money Responsibly

Keeping control of your finances is the responsibility of every adult, and carefully managing a family’s finances is often part of a father’s responsibilities to his family.

It is important to teach your son how to effectively save money, and to spend it responsibly for the good of him and his future family. Websites that compile lists of free sample offers often have various samples just for men, and these are a great way to save money on products, and not just for your son but for you too!

Not only does teaching your son some life skills help them grow into a man your family will be proud of, but it will also help you grow as a father and begin to build an important and lifelong bond with your son.

When you begin to teach your son some of these skills you will undoubtedly learn a lot about them, and who they are becoming and likely discover new things about yourself as well as your son.

The challenge of raising a child has never been greater than it is today, and our children are finding themselves pressured more and more by society and social media.

Helping our sons to be more confident in themselves and their abilities, and more competent when they approach a task, will give them the tools they need to survive our rapidly changing world.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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