Back in the day, the phrase “Momma’s boy” implied a young man was somewhat less of a man because of his willingness and desire to be pampered by his mothers overreaching favor and control. In many ways, I cannot help but think we were all a little envious of that brand of special attention from mothers.
Sadly, the hopes of developing a child with the character of personal responsibility, humility, generosity, hard work, and moral standards has produced the opposite effects.
Today, boys trade in reality for a virtual existence through video games, smart phones, mobile devices, computers, and television.
It’s a miracle their thumbs don’t grow longer from hours of text messaging and gaming! It’s bad enough that many young boys know how to survive a virtual military shootout in a video game, but don’t know the importance of being generous, hospitable, or serving the poor and impoverished.
Although fathers are key in guiding, training, and mentoring their sons to think and behave as honorable men, it’s moms that have the daily tactical advantage of influencing character as a result of proximity.
If you’re a mom, I want to encourage you to unplug your electronic world and do what you do best, and that’s rally your family to connect as a family today. Maybe that means pulling out the board games …. you remember Operation, Monopoly, and Battleship? Maybe it’s time to build a jigsaw puzzle as a family, but rest assured it will require something none of you may have exercised in quite sometime: Brain Cells.
Trust me, no child, especially boys, should be sitting around for countless hours learning to kill people on virtual battlefields when the battefield most worth winning is best known as your home. I encourage you to give it a try and see how your perspective in life influences those most precious around you.
I speak to hundreds of thousands of young adults, men, women, and couples annually on leadership, decision making, and relationships. Sometimes life has a way of being the antidote to life itself. If you’d like more information on this topic or how to bring me in as a speaker for your next event, please contact me.
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