|Moments after opening his Mission Call|
Our role as mother's is so important. Our sons need us to teach them how to become men. But, you say, I am a woman, not a man. I don't know how to teach a boy to be a man. Oh, but you do.
Teach him to be kind by loving him. When your little boy gets angry, be patient and show him love. Teach him to be loving by loving him. Hug him and help him. Some boys will let you hug them even when they are frustrated. Some will need some time. But hug them. As they grow they need hugs too. They may require some care when you approach them, but hug them.
Teach a boy to lead the family. When fathers are either missing from the home or away working to support the family an opportunity is presented. An opportunity to teach a boy to lead a family. Call on your son. Even if he is very small. Give him the chance to choose someone to offer the prayer at a meal. Teach him while he is young.
Encourage your son to be chivalrous. Encourage him to hold the door for both you and his sisters. There are some in the world that have decided it is an insult for a man to hold a door for a woman. That makes me sad. Teach them anyway. Teach your son to show kindness toward the women and girls in his life.
Teach him to listen by listening to him. Listen when he is small. Listen when he is big. Wash the dishes together and ask him about school. Ask about what his friends are doing. Ask him about the latest thing he is interested in. Be gentle with him, and listen.
When he makes a mistake, be forgiving. Listen with gentleness and show him your love. Guide him gently and encourage him to do better.
As women we are blessed with gentle spirits. We have just what we need to teach our sons to be wonderful men.
“…And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things.” 1 Nephi 16: 29