I don't have boys. We're a house of pony tails and sparkly clothes. While I have athletic girls, we don't have the rough and tumble of boys around here. Most everything I write, though, I try to make applicable to both genders.
Yesterday, I wrote "A Message to My Daughters," and I learned something important from you moms of boys. I learned that the issues my daughter was facing with other people trying to steal her self-worth applies to boys, too. I received a couple of requests from moms of boys to make a printable version for boys.
So, even though I don't have boys, I love their energy and their rough and tumble nature. I admire you moms of boys as you try to harness that God-given energy. As much energy as my younger daughter has, she doesn't come close to matching the constant motion of her friends that are boys.
I love that God made boys and girls so different. No matter how much the world tries to tell us that there's no difference between men and women, God just keeps proving that there is. So, moms of boys, cultivate their God-given nature. Give them plenty of opportunity to be themselves and encourage them just as us moms of girls encourage our girls.
So, here it is: A Message to My Sons for all you moms of boys who need some encouragement. I've tweaked a couple of places to better fit boys, but it's essentially the same message I want my girls to have because as different as boys and girls are, the need to be reminded of our worth is the same. Click here or on the photo above for a printable copy.
A Message to Sons
You are a masterpiece. God says so. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong.
You are loved. I love you. Your dad loves you. Your grandparents love you. Your siblings love you (even though sometimes they don’t act like it). Your friends love you. Most importantly, God loves you.
Be yourself. There’s no one else in this world like you. No one who has exactly the same talents, likes and dislikes, or personality as you. No one can be you as well as you can. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
Don’t let others define you. People will say and do mean things. They will want you to be like them. They will try to take away your self-confidence. Don’t let them. Be who God created you to be, not who someone else tells you to be.
Stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard. Most of the time the easy road is the one that follows the crowd, even if it’s wrong. Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid to choose the right thing, even when your friends are choosing the wrong one.
Look out for the weak. God made you strong for a reason. Never let that strength hurt someone else. Be a protector of those weaker than you.
Know how to recognize the truth. The world is going to feed you all sorts of lies about strength, money, self-worth and relationships. Don’t believe them. Seek God, who is the source of truth.
You will make mistakes, and it’s OK. No one is perfect. When you mess up, pick yourself up and get back in the game. Learn from your mistakes and move forward.
We have your back. No matter how bad the day, how mean other people are to you, or how hard the choice you have to make, we’re behind you. We are always praying for you. Home will always be a safe place where you can heal your wounds and be encouraged.
You are a gift. Our lives would not be complete without you. We thank God every day that He gave us you.
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