If you’re a mom of a boy, it can seem a little tricky to relate to the little dude. Being a girl, you know what makes girls tick, so it might seem harder to connect with your son that it is with your daughter. If you’re keen on delving deeper into the world of boys and learning what makes them tick, here are some tips.
Top tips to connect with your son
Work on a project with him
The male species often find it easier to have intimate and meaningful conversations while standing side-by-side. Boys and men are often threatened or intimidated by face-to-face conversations. If you want to connect with your son, one of the best ways to talk to him is side-by-side while working on a project, like building a birdhouse.
Watch a movie together
This is another great way to learn more about what interests your son. It can also be used as an opportunity to discuss interesting concepts and conflicts in the movie. Men (and boys) love being asked what their opinion on matters are, and by doing this, you’re showing your kid that his opinion also matters.
Boys love active activities because if you haven’t noticed yet, they move ALL THE TIME. By doing some physical activity with your son, he’ll appreciate the fact that you’re participating with him. You can make the deal a little sweeter by asking him to give you some pointers to help you improve in the game. There isn’t a boy out there that wouldn’t love teaching his mom a thing or two!
Be prepared for some roughhousing
Moms, in general, aren’t the best at roughhousing. Honestly, getting on the floor and rolling around while getting kneed in the ribs isn’t an ideal playdate for any female. But boys LOVE to pretend wrestle and engage in a little rough and tumble. Although it might seem silly to you, rough play is important in teaching your son confidence and self-control. Plus it allows for emotional release in a playful way.
There really are a bunch of great ways to connect with your son, but these should set the stage for creating a deeper bond with the boy you’re raising to become a man. You don’t have a lot of years to enjoy you, son, before he sets out and starts his own journey, so enjoy the golden years while they last. Once you’re established a deep connection, your son will feel more confident and comfortable coming to you with life’s issues. And that’s worth every single knee to the rib!