From the time our children our born, we feel that we can see so much about them regarding who they are and the future they will have. As they grow and enter into their toddler stage we get a glimpse of who they just might be. We are privileged to play the role as parents in their lives—to our sons—to help guide them to become a great man one day.
What are some of the qualities a great man has?
Listed below are some of the 7 qualities I believe a great man has and what I have tried to teach my own sons growing up.
1. Inspire him to be caring
The best way I have learned to teach my son to be caring—compassionate and empathy towards others—is by modeling it. Your children look up to you when they are growing up to know how to act and feel. It’s important that they see you be kind-hearted and empathic to others in all different situations. Teach him to care about the important things in life, especially what is imperative in the world he is growing up in.
2. Teach him how to be a team player
Being a team player is one of the best ways to get anything done. Competitive nature can be motivating for some, but being a team player is even more of a benefit. Many wonderful things can be achieved when everyone is united and working together.
3. Help keep him focused
Help them to keep their minds clear and to focus on what is important. Help them strive for a purpose and to be productive as well with what is important.
4. The importance of being humble
Teaching someone to be humble is not a simple task, especially in a society that often has taught us to strive and be better than everyone else. Helping your child understand that he is not better than anyone else is very important and that he believes it too.
5. Encourage him to be an innovator
Children are creative in their very own way of doing and thinking. Allow your son to never lose sight of being an innovator. Encourage him to step outside of the box of doing things. Never tell him that he is wrong, always push him to be thinking big.
6. Teach him to be courteous
If we want our sons to be courteous, we also need to be courteous. We have to act and do and represent of what a courteous person does, just like teaching him how to be caring. A courteous person will also learn to give respect and receive respect from others. Our sons also need to learn how to handle situations where some people will not always be courteous to others.
7. Nurture his peacefulness
Some people have come to believe that in order to have happiness, peace, or harmony is achieved by fulfilling your desires when it is not. We need to teach our children that internal peace is found within and not what is happening around them. It is something that takes time to learn—maybe when they are while off on their own—but it is possible.