30 Things Every Mom Should Tell Her Sons

As boys grow older there are things they need to learn before they are gone. The following are 30 things every mom should tell her sons. 

As we get closer to Colby and Chase’s birthdays I start to realize that the years are flying by all too quickly. I remember bringing them both home from the hospital and the joy they brought into my life. I also remember the hopes and dreams I had for each one of them when they were little. Over the years, my hopes and dreams have not gone away, but have changed a bit. Throughout the years I have realized there are certain things we need to teach and tell our sons before it is too late and they are gone. These are the 30 Things Every Mom Should Tell her Sons.


30 Things Every Mom Should Tell Her Sons30 Things Every Mom Should Tell Her Sons

  1. Be kind. Be kind to your friends, your peers, especially those who are different than you.
  2. Never forget who you are and where you came from.
  3. Forgive others. Forgive often and forgive quickly. Life is too short to hold grudges.
  4. Swearing is gross. Don’t do it, it just makes you look uneducated.
  5. Choose the right even when no one is looking.
  6. Love and Serve others, especially your family.
  7. Play Fair. Never take advantage of someone just because you are bigger, faster, stronger, or smarter than they are.
  8. You are never told old to sing and dance. Singing and dancing relieves stress and keeps you young and healthy.
  9. Have a sense of humor, but not at the expense of others.
  10. If at first you don’t succeed, always try again. If Walt Disney and Dr. Seuss would have given up we wouldn’t be able to read the most loved kid’s books or visit the happiest place on earth.
  11. Go away to college. Regardless of where you go or what you major in, go away to college. Expand your knowledge. Study hard.  Meet new people. Learn to live on your own and find something you love to do for the rest of your life.
  12. Be old-fashioned, Never text a girl to ask her out.

  13. Be a gentleman and always show respect to women.  Always Seat them first, order last, open doors even when she is fully capable and always compliment her. Never let her wonder what you think about her.
  14. Don’t marry simply based on looks, marry her for what’s on the inside. Because after 30 years no one looks like a Victoria’s Secret model, but hearts never change. Find beauty on the inside.
  15. Learn to work hard. This will help you to get a good job, make money, and provide for a family.
  16. Bullying is not ok, not ever. Always stand up for those being bullied, you never know when you might need them.  
  17. Play a sport. It will teach you to be active, play hard, follow rules, get along with others that may be different than you, work as a team, and keep you out of trouble.
  18. Pick good friends. It’s better to have a few good friends than hundreds that don’t conform to your standards.
  19. Be humble.
  20. Your siblings look up to you, give them something proud to look up to.
  21. Be confident, but not overconfident.
  22. Learn to cook. First of all, Cooking will save you money in college. Second, you will get all the ladies with a home-cooked meal but most importantly, your wife will appreciate the help.
  23. The grass is not always greener. Stay and water your own grass and make it as green as you want it.
  24. Don’t lose your southern charm. Yes ma’am and Yes sir will never go out of style.
  25. Lead, never follow.
  26. Control your temper, no one likes a hot head.
  27. Be dependable. Never be the person no one can count on.
  28. Be respectful. Respect your parents, your teachers, and adults.
  29. Dream big!
  30. Never forget that your family loves you!


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Things every mom should tell her sons


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  • Lisa @ Lisa Lately

    Words of wisdom! I say a lot of these to my kiddos, too! ❤️

    September 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm Reply
  • Gill Simmons

    Learn to Cook + Be Old Fashioned. Two things that I love that my husband did (still does) for me! Chivalry is never dead. I have no idea how to raise a little boy and am scared stiff to do so! (good thing our first is a girl…) Thanks for the tips!

    September 20, 2017 at 11:24 am Reply
  • lazysundays

    I love these! I have 2 daughters and would love for them to find men that were raised by this someday. Thanks for sharing!

    September 20, 2017 at 9:23 am Reply
  • jenniferwise4heritagemakers

    I love this SO MUCH!

    September 20, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply
  • disorientedmom

    I have a step son, I’ll be using this!

    September 19, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply
  • Karen Dennis

    I have 3 sons, unfortunately the 2 eldest do swear once in a while, but I tend not to listen when they do!

    September 19, 2017 at 12:05 pm Reply
    • Michele

      I think all boys do…. a mother can dream right 😉

      September 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • authormamato4

    Absolutely love this post! As a mom to 3 teenage boys I hear myself saying many of these!
    Keep blogging! 🙂

    September 18, 2017 at 6:48 pm Reply
    • Michele

      Thank you so much!

      September 18, 2017 at 8:34 pm Reply
  • Mary Taylor

    Great advice from an awesome mom!,,,

    September 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply
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