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Bright Sparks | Etiquette will make your son a better man - Part 2

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 6:00 AM

 

HOW TO BE KIND TO OTHERS

 

A recent study found that boys can be as mean as, well, mean girls. Teach him that he needs to be aware of when good-natured teasing has crossed the line.

 

HOW TO MANAGE THE ONLINE WORLD

 

It's not just pornography our boys need to learn to resist, it's the risk of being on their devices 24/7 while life and opportunities pass them by. Set limits for your son's screen time and explain to him why you're doing it, so that when he's in control of making his own choices in this area, he'll have the information he needs to make good choices.

 

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF

 

We don't want our sons to be that room-mate in college who's a huge slob. We want our boys to know how to clean, cook, and care for themselves. That means they can do their own laundry, make their own doctor appointments, and grocery shop for themselves.

 

HOW TO TALK TO ADULTS

 

Good manners and an ease with others don't come naturally to most boys. Teach your son to have a firm handshake, to stand when a woman or older gentleman enters a room, and how to have a basic conversation. When someone says, 'Hello', he's to say hello back while looking them in the eye. If they ask, 'How are you doing?' He should answer and then ask them, too. It's little things like this that will help your son navigate the adult world smoothly.

 

HOW TO BE STRONG

 

Teach your son the importance of being a man of strength - strong in his convictions, strong in his dependability, strong in his faith. Give him the tools to make him feel strong and able. A good place to start is by building up the right kind of self-esteem.

 

HOW TO BE HIS OWN MAN

 

Yes, every boy wants to be liked, but he must learn that it's more important to act according to his own beliefs and values. Just because the crowd is moving in one direction, doesn't mean he has to. Teach him that being his own man can be difficult, but it's worth it to live a life that is true to who he is.

 

HOW TO HAVE FAITH

 

Faith is the cornerstone of life. Guide your son in the forming of his faith, just as you do in the forming of the other traits you want him to develop. You will not always be able to be there for your son; a strong faith will be his compass as he chooses his direction in life.

- Bright Sparkes Etiquette & Grooming will be offering an etiquette summer camp for boys and girls in Montego Bay. Contact us for further information.