Boys are different from girls. While this is not a surprise, it is not simply a matter of body parts; it encompasses the mind, emotions, and other aspects of a person. Adolescent boys in particular present unique challenges to their parents. To be the most effective parent, you will need to know different mechanisms for raising your son.
Parenting your son is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs you will ever have. It means you will spend countless nights up with him or wondering about him — even after infancy. Picking up this book, maybe you thought about the relationship you hope for with your son. Being an effective parent is about learning and growing along with your son.
Your son has a lot to do in the years between his thirteenth and eighteenth birthdays. He has to learn to be with a crowd and yet still be an individual. He has to get ready to be on his own and grasp the responsibilities of budgeting, earning, and dealing with money. He has to shop for food, do his laundry, and clean up his own messes.
By being a more effective parent, you can help your son be a self-assured, valuable member of society while still maintaining his individuality. You will be able to lessen the number of arguments you have with your son and learn to deal with potential negativity and bad attitudes in the most effective manner.
Learning to deal with all the details of being a boy will give you the insight to help your son make decisions that will help him be an upstanding citizen and member of your family. You can work with your son to show him how to grow and mature to be the man you hope him to be.
Because of your involved parenting style, your son will learn to look forward to the future and find a path that is the most appropriate for him. You will find ways to ensure that you have a long and healthy relationship with your son far into the future. The parenting that you do for your son today will be the parenting that takes him through the hardest parts of his life and will help him become a more effective parent to his own children.