I am a proud, proud mom of boys.
The boys are lucky to have a caring, affectionate father to model for them how to be an involved, loving man as they get older. As traditional gender roles are shifting, most fathers I know are equal partners in parenting their children. This is exciting, as our children can see how manly it is to share their caring side.
1. Tell your boys often how much you love them and what makes them so special to you.
2. Let them show their silly side.
Hallmark recently sent over some Valentine’s Day treats for our family to try. My littlest guy was laughing hysterically to this Love-a-Saurus Techno interactive dinosaur who dances to a new rendition of MC Hammer’s You Can’t Touch This.
How cute is he?!!?
3. Give your boys opportunities to play with dolls.
My middle son loves his babies. He has collected Hallmark’s Itty Bittys for about a year and he loves pretending he is their daddy.
Recently he asked me to create a bed for his babies so that he could tuck them all in at night. I took a long stretch of old fabric, folded over a 3 inch edge and sewed lines to make Itty Bitty beds (pockets). This also allows him to roll his babies into a small package for travel!
4. Give your sons a pet to care for.
5. Volunteer to help others in your community.
6. Help your boys find a cause that is important to them.
Our boys love Sea Turtles and dolphins from their yearly excursions to the Dolphin Research Center and the Turtle Hospital.
7. Encourage kids to look for similarities instead of dwell on differences.
8. Help your children get in the habit of giving others compliments.
9. Give children opportunities to practice sharing and compromising with others.
10. Instead of prompting kids to say “thank you”, allow them to respond in their natural way and then provide feedback at a later time.
It can be awkward for everyone involved when we prompt in front of the receiver of the “Thank You”!
11. Send thank you notes when a thank you would make someone feel good.
12. Teach them to look out for their siblings.
My boys will often choose to give a party favor to a sibling before deciding to keep it for themselves. This makes the child not attending the party feel special.
13. Allow your boys to tend to a garden with you.
14. Talk about what they see in the news (if you watch) – looking at all sides of the story and discussing the feelings of those involved.
15. Visit a nursing home together to visit and play games with elderly folks.
16. Do random acts of kindness (RAOK) together.
17. Teach your kids to resolve conflict peacefully.
18. Laugh often and loudly.
19. Encourage kids to hug or kiss ones they love in moderation. Show them how to determine whether the receiver of their love would like the display of affection and let them know they can always choose not to be affectionate if they do not want to by avoiding statements like “Go kiss Aunt Ida goodbye.”
20. Make lists or draw pictures of what he or she likes about each of their family members.
21. Teach your kids to dance – fast and slow!
22. Put out bird feeders to take care of the neighborhood nature.
23. Play games where you need to work together to win.
24. Encourage your son to be protective of the younger children in their lives.
25. Let your kids see you show affection for others.
This card from Hallmark‘s Valentine Day collection totally sums up my relationship with my husband. The kids will see me gift this card to him this year!
We’ll be sharing our affection with them as well with these cute Itty Bitty themed cards.
I have a great Hallmark prize pack for you to celebrate the launch of my rebranded blog! Between now at Midnight EST on February 9, you can enter to win Thing 1 and Thing 2 Itty Bittys, a selection of Hallmark Valentine’s Day cards, and another “every day” Itty Bitty! Open to residents of the continental US, ages 18 and over. See the terms and conditions in the rafflecopter for full terms and conditions.
Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Hallmark as part of their #LoveHallmark program. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.