The Muscle Man: Flexes his muscles and makes sure everyone knows how important he is.
The Magician: Magically disappears when any real work needs to be done.
The Caboose: Has his nose permanently attached to his boss’ crack.
The Coward: Goes to church on Sunday, and then cheats on his wife Monday night.
How can I teach my son to be a man with integrity, honor and accountability when the world is littered with the opposite?
- Don’t be a snitch.School rules support the idea that it’s honorable to tattle; Tell the truth and save yourself.I tell my son, “Only snitch if the person is in danger, if what they are doing might hurt themselves or someone else.”
- Be a Leader.Leaders don’t need followers; they just need an independent mind.I tell my son, “Take a look at someone you admire. What makes them stand out? They don’t follow the crowd. Remember, bossing other kids around doesn’t make you a leader.”
- Be Accountable.Every now and then I screw up. And when I do, the last thing I want to do is tell my kids. But I fight my intense need to be right and say, “Sorry kids, Mom’s not perfect.”
- Have Honor and Integrity.These can be challenging for a teen to grasp. We watch movies that embody honor and integrity like: Scent of a Woman, Officer and a Gentlemen, Grand Torino and Witness.
Update on the book:
Due to be in print before this summer *big smile*