In my opinion, the dads of this generation really need a set curriculum. It’s great to be a friend to your son, but much more important to be a teacher. While our government isn’t all that shy about telling us how to eat, behave and exercise, there’s very little guidance on raising our kids. I thought I’d help to turn this around somewhat with this brief post. Here, I’ve listed some of the essential skills every father should teach his son.
First of all, how to groom yourself. Although it’s certainly not everything, our outward appearance counts for a lot in life. It can sway the decision of a job interviewer, mean the difference between a relationship and rejection, and can affect all kinds of other aspects. I’m sure you don’t want your son to have a slovenly attitude to the way they look, so start work early! Make sure your son knows how to tie a tie somewhere in his early teens. Needing to tie a tie and feeling totally lost isn’t the best feeling in the world! Teaching your kid to shave is another important ritual of manhood. You can make it an even bigger deal to your son by making a gift out of a razor from a well-known brand, like Gillette Fusion.
Another important thing to get across is how to take care of money. I for one wish my dad did a much better job of this when I was a boy! When it comes to cash, your kids need to know all about earning it, saving it and spending it wisely. If you think you’ve been spoiling them a little so far, then it may be time to tighten belts. Encourage them to do chores for pocket money, so that they start to understand the value of a pound. Explain how you’re able to buy all the big expensive things in the house in the simplest possible terms. If they blow their pocket money and you need to help them out, turn it into a lesson about budgeting and planning for the future. The sooner your kids understand these values, the easier it will be for them to hit adulthood running.
Another important skill to teach your son is how to clean a house. True, there’s still a fairly large trend of women doing more housework than men throughout the country. This is rooted in some very dated ideas, and if you ask me, any man who sits back and has his partner tend to the house can hardly be called a “real man”. As early as possible, teach your kid to clean their room, and slowly move onto other housekeeping chores. You can make a game of it by timing the both of you, and see how fast you can get the floor clear. This will not only ensure you don’t have to pick up after a stroppy teenager later down the line but will teach your son a valuable life lesson about self-discipline.