Last year when I found out I found out I was pregnant with a baby boy I immediately knew I wanted to pour into him like I have never poured into anyone in my life. In this day and age the word needs great men. Society is craving a man who is gentle, kind and caring. For months I worked to make a list of attributes I wanted to teach him to have and I thought it was only right that I share these on my blog with you.
Love And Forgive
The degree to which you are able to truly love as an expression of your character, not merely as a feeling, the more you will be willing to forgive. The more you are able to forgive, the more you will be free to love. They truly do go hand-in-hand, and both are equally as important. A lot of boys and men do not feel comfortable showing love and that is so unfortunate. Love is so important. When it comes to forgiveness, it is also something that most do not automatically feel comfortable. Maybe more so than love! But, if we learn to forgive, we will be able to love more freely and we will not be holding anything over our heads. Forgiveness helps you live more freely and go through life with a can-do attitude. You will not only have peace with others, but you will have peace with yourself, as well. That’s why it is so important to me that my son learns how to love and forgive, starting at an early age.
Your Attitude Matters
Life doesn’t dictate your attitude. But your attitude dictates how you’ll experience life. Changing your attitude will always be the shortest and most permanent route to changing your life. In a bad job? It can more than likely be much better if you think positively. Having a rough day? Look at the bright side. Even on your toughest day in life, there is a silver lining, I can promise you that. My son will hopefully know to find those rays of sunlight in the darkness.
Shop Local, When Possible
Shopping local looks different to each and every person, so whether that means shopping in your hometown or home state, or shopping in the USA, make sure to teach your son to shop local, whenever possible. Today, I want to introduce you to a USA-based company that is actually based out of Georgia - our state! Criterion Technology, Inc. does injection molding in the USA + thermoforming, turnkey assemblies, CCTV, subsea systems, and more. They say, “Criterion Technology is the industry leader of the highest quality clear component parts molded from polycarbonate, acrylic, and an exclusive optical grade nylon. Specializing in optical injection molding, Criterion displays supreme material expertise, vast technical knowledge, a robust commitment to R&D, and optimum onsite testing. The Criterion team is a group of savvy, imaginative individuals who work together to create a welcoming environment where innovation flourishes. Criterion backs their products with 100% paid tooling maintenance. A North American partner, Criterion fortifies partnerships with design and development aptitudes, prototyping, low and high volume production, and turnkey assemblies.”
The president and CEO of Criterion Technology, Inc., Chris Mulvey, was inspired to start his own company in 2990 after working in the video security industry starting in 1982. His goal was perfecting the art and technology of creating optical enclosures for the video security industry that would be first-in-class worldwide.
All of the Criterion Technology, Inc. services and products are done 100% in the USA, so when you work with them, you know that you are supporting Chris and his family directly, plus all of his hardworking employees. That is the beauty of shopping locally. You know who you are supporting and you know how much they appreciate it. It’s one of the most important lessons that you can teach your kids, in my opinion.
Your Education Is In Your Hands
Learn every day. Don’t rely exclusively on formal modes of education. Learn on your own. Get excited about it. Read. Study. Challenge yourself. Develop. Improve. There will be no investment that pays greater dividends. Remember, opportunity is a byproduct of ability and ability is the residue of knowledge put to action. So skimping on knowledge circumscribes opportunity.
Be Mindful About The Products You Use
With cancer, infertility, and other health issues on the rise, it is more important than ever to be mindful of the products you use in your daily life. There are toxic products and non-toxic options available. If the non-toxic options do their job, why use the toxic options? Teach him how to find safe options that he can use throughout his life and teach him why they are better compared to other toxic option.
You Are Amazing
You are an amazing creation of a God who knows and loves you. You can therefore rise to any height you’re willing to climb. You have the potential inside right now, as you are, for something so much more than most people settle for. So don’t settle. The greatest views in life are from on top the highest mountains. The highest mountains are those that are climbed the least often by the fewest people. Climb the highest mountains. Even if you don’t reach the summit, the view from halfway up is better than from the bottom of the mountain you never started climbing.
Teamwork Makes Dreamwork
Even the best athletes and the smartest students will find themselves on the losing end of things eventually. Explain to your son what it means to handle wins and losses with humility and grace. It’s all about teamwork and anyone with a bad attitude isn’t really “for the team.”
How To Take Responsibility For His Actions
Lay the groundwork for this lesson by teaching your son that actions and choices have consequences. Help him see that when he chooses to act a certain way, he must think ahead about what those actions will bring. Then, teach him that he must be ready to take responsibility for his actions.