single mom raising an 8 year old boy

Rene - posted on 05/07/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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How can I help my 8 year old young man become a real man? What type of things can i give him to do that will help build his confidence, self esteem and teach him to also be aggressive?

also, I'm concerned about sending him to camp. With so many things going on in the world with kids being molested, I'm scared to send him. Any advice?

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Rene - posted on 05/07/2012

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Yeah he wants to go to camp. He is begging me because his friends from school are going. He wants to do soccer...i got him signed up but had to cancel because there wasn't a big enough response. he loves all kinds of sports...he's played basketball at the Y. He likes chapter books....so i try and buy those for him.

Louise - posted on 05/07/2012

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Let your son be who he wants to be if he is interested in boy things like the scouts then get him into the clubs. They do camping, tree climbing, fund raising and all sorts of missions. If he is interested in dance then so be it, let him do it. Boys do not have to learn to be aggressive it is part of their genes. I did not have to raise my sons to be aggressive and macho, one was and one was not it made no difference to them at all. One liked the outdoors and the other was a bookworm! My bookworm is now settled down at university with a girlfriend of 4 years and the other has a different girlfriend every week!

As for sending him to camp, I personally dont like the idea of sending a child away for weeks at a time but I am British! I would not mind a week but even then I would begin to twitch! lol I think you would have to do your homework and look at what the camps have to offer and look at the safety record they have. Also does your son want to go?

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