I’m not just raising boys… I’m raising men. Good men.
Dear Boy Moms,
Raising boys can be tiring.
They are loud. They are dirty. They are busy. They are active… very.
But don’t we have the wonderful privilege of raising not just boys… but raising boys to be good men?
The world needs a few more good men.
This is the type of man that I’m hoping to raise:
Men that will treat women with the utmost value and who will respect their opinions and rights and bodies and intelligence.
Men that will serve others and not just want to be served themselves.
Men that will look out for the underdog and use their strength to help those in need.
Men that will not be afraid to give hugs and hold hands and help strangers and high five kids for kicking a great goal (even if they are on the opposing team).
Men that will know what it means to share in keeping house and home.
Men that will have conviction and backbone, sensitivity and tact.
Men that aren’t afraid to cry when they need to.
Men that will have faith and follow-through and strong values and noble priorities.
Men that will make great husbands and fathers and employees and bosses.
Men that will know they are special and can change their world if they have the right motives and friends and inspiration.
Men that will be both confident and humble.
Men that will be tough and men that will be tender.
Men that will work hard and rest well.
Men that think sports and sewing and cars and cooking are all good and noble pursuits, regardless of the “gender” typically assigned to those different tasks (and countless others).
Men that will understand that to become a husband and father is the greatest privilege and also the greatest sacrifice they will ever make… and the one that will reap the richest reward.
Men that will fill their family’s love banks to overflowing even if their bank accounts are dried up.
Men that wisely know when to uphold tradition (hello, Christmas!) and when to break the mold and adopt a new way.
Men with solid beliefs who have the courage to live them out.
Men who are kind and men who are loving.
Men who will know when to be captains and when to be cheerleaders.
Yes, boy moms, isn’t that the type of man you want your boy to become too?
Lofty but possible. Possible, I know, because I’ve just described my husband.
a boy mom trying my best, just like you xx
Note: In case you missed it, this is the follow-up to my post about dealing with gender disappointment during pregnancy when finding out I was having a boy (and why I love being a “boy mom” now). Apparently (judging by your comments) many of you can relate…
Dear friends, how about you? What sort of men do you want to raise? And girl moms, what type of men do you want us boy moms to raise for your daughters?