by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies – Raising Songs – Raising Courageous Warriors
Editor’s note: Here Nancy repeats that oft-told lie of Quiverfull: that there’s no such thing as teenagers – only boys and men. Sorry Nancy but science, biology and life experiences shows that what you are teaching is merely wishful thinking on your part. Are there ways to mitigate the special challenges that come from your children going through changes and hormones? Sure, but decided to call them something else besides teenager and pretending they are automatically mature isn’t one of them.
We have lessened our expectations for young men today. In fact, it seems this nation wants to dumb them down. They are frowned on for doing manly things and babied into their twenties. Yes, mothers, we’ll mother and smother our little baby sons, but as they grow, we’ll take our hands off, let go of fear, allow them to grow into men, and let them be adventurous–at a young age!
Why do so many young men get into trouble in their teens? There’s never meant to be a teen stage. By the time they are 13, they should be training towards manhood, have opportunity to do manly things, and act like men. Jewish boys have their Bar Mitzvah at 13 years and it is called a coming of age ceremony. They should be learning to face life with tenacity, courage, and strength.
They should seek to find jobs and earn extra money for “things they want” instead of expecting their parents to provide everything. To provide and to protect are God-ordained giftings of manhood and they should begin this training early. They should be preparing to think about providing for the future. Young men can begin a home business with something that is a passion in their lives. Sometimes this business can lead to their future livelihood.
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