Andrew Linder on 10 Manly Things Every Dad Should Teach His Son How to Do

I’m the proud father of 3 boys, ages 9, 11, & 17. And every day it’s increasingly clear in many ways that they are boys becoming men. I’ve learned some things about manly things every dad should teach his son from parenting my boys.

They enjoy a challenge, they are motivated by the accomplishment of work, and they anticipate the ability to learn new skills. As they’ve aged, there are a number of practical things that I’ve tried to teach them that often apply specifically to ‘guy life’. Here are a few of them.

10 manly things every dad should teach his son to do:

  1. Mow the yard. A boy doesn’t have to be a teenager before he learns how to handle a mower and professionally spruce up a yard.
  2. Check the oil and fluids in a car. I’m no mechanic myself, but I do want my boys to understand the basics of maintaining a vehicle and protecting their investment.
  3. Use basic tools. We often take these simple things for granted, but every boy from an early age should know how to properly use a screwdriver, a hammer, a drill, etc. The best way for them to learn is to be given opportunities.
  4. Own a pocket knife. For our boys, this has been a ‘right of passage’. They each have felt very accomplished when they became old enough that dad trusted them with a pocket knife.
  5. Shoot a gun. I’m no hunter, but my boys enjoy shooting. Whether it’s a BB gun or a rifle, a boy learning how to shoot a gun and how to use it responsibly is a great experience.

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Source: Church Leaders