Thursday, May 06, 2010

Mothers and Sons

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By Dr James Dobson

What can a mother do when she feels confused and frustrated about raising a son? Many women these days express a sense of anxiety about dealing with their own sons. Whether she’s single or married, there’s a feeling of not being equipped to meet the special challenges of teaching and training a young boy.

A friend of mine, Mrs Jean Lush, has written a wonderful book on the subject called Mothers and Sons. I think many mothers will be encouraged to hear her advice. First, she says that mothers should realise that it’s normal for little boys to be difficult — even extremely difficult. Emerging masculinity can be a boisterous and destructive force. Mothers should learn to anticipate their son’s energy level and look for ways to channel that force into exercise and constructive activity. Also, when we look at little boys, let’s keep in mind that they aren’t finished yet. History shows that many great men began as baffling, headstrong boys who gave their parents headaches.

Mothers and Sons: Raising Boys to Be MenThe challenge for mothers is to see sons not just in terms of their present behaviour, but of their long-term potential. If a mother can find that kind of vision, she can see herself working for the future when her perseverance will pay off in the maturity and achievements of her grown son.

From TODAY, Voices - Thursday, 29-April-2010
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