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It Takes a Man to Teach a Boy to be a Man

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I read John's June articles on fathering and see the pattern he sees all the time: grown-up sons who amount to nothing. I have 3 boys ages 9, 7, and 4 and want much better for them. There are hardly any good books on fathering and John's books give advice to both parents.

The only books I can recommend on being a husband and father are Rev. CR Wiley's books, "Man of the House" and "The Household and the War for the Cosmos."

Does John have any specific advice and timelines on what fathers should teach their sons? For example, should fathers teach them how to make things, repair things, personal finance, self-defense, how to talk to women, etc? When should fathers teach their sons things?

I've noticed that women are primarily interested in safety and nurture and men are much more "law and order" and are more-inclined to give their boys freedom to take risks. It seems to me that emphasis on safety and nurture are detrimental after a certain age and definitely prevent boys from developing into men. This is where fathers are really important. Does John (or anyone else) have an opinion on how to raise boys who are resilient and self-motivated?

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