25 rules for mothers of sons

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Your son will scream out of frustration and hide out of embarrassment. He'll cry from fear and bite out of excitement. Let his body move by the emotion, but also explain to him what the emotion is and the appropriate response to that emotion for future reference.

Point out other people who are feeling the same thing and compare how they are showing that emotion.

Talk him through your emotions so that someday when he is grown, he will know the difference between angry and embarrassed, between disappointment and grief.
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Y Ask Y
Provo, UT


More rules?

Don't we have enough rules?

Why do you think rules will save you as parents, as families, as a group?

There is no salvation in rules and laws. Read the Bible!

South Jordan, UT

As the mother of three boys I cannot describe how much I loved this list! Y ask Y, is your comment tongue in cheek?

Chris from Rose Park

Regardless of content, that is the most well written list I have ever seen on DNews. It flowed well and was pleasant to read. Well done, Tabitha Studer. For content, I absolutely loved it. Ia m a 24 yr. old about to graduate and move across the country from my family. I will love my mom forever for some of these things she has done for me. Through a lot of personal family adversity, my mom has been a constant of my life. Even the things she does that drive me up the wall pale in comparison to how great an example she has been. This is because she showed love throughout my life which is the one guiding principles of all these "rules." I don't think these are rules to be constantly fretted about but good suggestions to occasionally think about. These suggestions are great because they stem from the one real rule of loving your children more than anything else.

Cedar Hills, UT

Yet another article I am not going to read because it's in the form of a slideshow. I guess this (artificially) increases page hits, but are they going to be enough to compensate for the readers that you are driving away? When did journalism become nothing but a Powerpoint presentation?

Brigham City, UT

I'm with infoman. The list of rules- as far as I got- was a very good one, especially the first one, in my estimation. But I got tired of "clicking on" at page 10, and I quit. I could've read through the list much faster if it wasn't all chopped up.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Isn't it supposed to read "Let him loose"? "Lose" refers to competition.

Salt Lake City, UT

Let his dad teach him how to do things
... without interrupting about how to do it the "right way."

Because he will call his dad for answers, and his dad will secretly come and ask you.

So close to getting this one right! Are you so arrogant that you think dad always has to come to you for the answers, or that your "right way" is the only way?


#26 Respect your husband and you son will BELIEVE you respect him as well.

Ticonderoga, NY

I could say all kinds of things about this, but I'll just say :-)

Salt Lake City, UT

I loved everything except the last paragraph on #25. Too many men have put their marriages in danger because their wives did not become home base once they were married; they kept going back to mom instead of talking to her. I wish the last one would have said something like "Teach him that once he's married, it's okay for his wife to be home base. In fact, that's the way it should be." :)

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