It is no surprise to anyone that has been around our family that Jude is a very sensitive and anxious boy. As a mom I know I have many jobs in our family; helping my husband raise our kids, keep the house clean, helping with homework, providing meals, earn an income, and so many more! One of the jobs that I am certain I will focus on as our sweet sensitive boy grows older is making sure we raise a strong and confident young man. Many thanks to Hefty® for sponsoring today’s discussion on raising strong young men.
I believe that most mothers have this goal for their child – strong and confident. These are qualities that help every child turn into a great adult. Now, as I said, Jude is not your typical boys’ boy. He is Jude; an amazingly smart, caring, empathetic boy with a ton of anxiety and sensitivity mixed into his every move! The way his brain works throughout the day is unreal. Not just because he is smart but because with every new move, activity or decision there is an internal checklist that he runs through. Due to his internal worrisome nature my job as a mother is to make sure we instill strength and confidence as we move through life.
Tips for Moms – Raising a Strong & Confident Young Man
Show your boys respect – Often parents forget that our children at humans, humans with brains of their own. As they grow older it is important that parents give respect to their children just as we ask for respect from them. Words only go so far, the actions that you give your boys will help shape the way they also return the respect to everyone. By showing your respect they will, more than likely, in turn show that respect to those around them as they grow.
Set and teach boundaries – Boundaries are so important at every age. Boundaries should begin at a young age; this includes time outs, house rules and discipline. Boundaries will be an ongoing teachable moment as you parent, which will hopefully result in a young adult to learn the rules and laws with respect.
Another piece of boundaries that you must remember to teach your young boys is setting their own boundaries. You do not have to do something you are not comfortable with. Know your limits, know your own values and morals. When we teach our kids to find and set their boundaries, they will become more confident as they grow.
Teach them self-worth – Going up is hard, no matter the personality. Children are challenged by how they live, what they wear, what they play with and what they own or don’t own. Over and over they are told they are not worth anything, maybe not to their face but by actions alone. Time to build those babies up! Knowing that they are important, and have individual gifts, characteristics and talents, will carry them much further in life than any items they may or may not own. Plus, the lessons that your child will receive from this teaching will stick with them forever.
Fear no more – Jude fears a lot. He thinks about every bad thing that could happen. I worry that this fear will hinder him in experiencing amazing opportunities as he grows older. We are working on focusing on all the positive and good in the world while still educating him on being safe in a world that can be scary. Teaching children to see the good in the world will help them be confident and strong in good and bad times in their lives.
Show love – Seems obvious for a parent to show love but honestly, think about the busy days you all live in. Do you take time to LOVE? Showing love to your child will help that child learn how to show love as well. Think of the butterfly affect – we need more love in our world!
Work, Work, Work – Yes, a strong young man needs to know how to work! Every child needs to know how to work and work hard. So many children are given everything through life without them having to actually work. This does not mean child labor but it does mean chores and helping the family with housework and other duties like cooking. Involve the kids, let them feel important and part of the family. They will love to see their hard work. In teaching this, your children will have a strong work ethic and confidence to work as they grow!
Teaching your children how to be strong and confident takes a strong mom! Parenting is rough at times and goodness we take on a lot of stress through the journey. Hefty® is celebrating strong moms by making it clear that just like Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags moms are also Ultra Strong in everything they do!
Maybe you have seen the promotions with WWE superstar John Cena circulating the internet and TV. We love Cena and I love that he is sharing his real life mother, Carol Cena. The pair agrees, mom knows best when it comes to ultra-strength and ultra-savings; Hefty® for the win!
So, why do I use Hefty®?
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While I am working on Raising a Strong and Confident Young Man, I am also focused on using Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags for all of our trash needs! Strong moms need to use the best and the strongest!
What are you tips on raising strong and confident children?