To think that all boys come in a one-size-fits-all package would be deeply wrong, just like girls, boys can be of various personality types, have different interests, and may be daring or meek, curious or shy, intuitive and discerning. In fact, they’ll have so many character traits it’s not hard to wonder where they all come from, it’s as if their little personalities are packaged away ready to come out within a few months.
However, one thing is certain – boys are energetic.
This can be both a wonderful source of joy and also a tiring reality for a parent to deal with. With your energetic boys bouncing around the house, riding their bicycles at a million miles an hour, and running to your room each morning, it can be hard to keep up at the best of times. That’s why, if you’re an older parent, it’s important to understand your limitations and seek help where you need it. This way, you can more easily adhere to your duties and keep up with your troublesome little gentlemen.
With this in mind, let’s consider a few tips for looking after boys as an older parent, or grandparent:
Care For Your Own Health
Of course, part of being a parent is putting their health and well-being first and foremost, but it’s hard to do that if you’re not already paying the same respect to yourself. Even having the contact number for local care services such as MyDoc Urgent Care can help you if you can’t access the help you need, whereas having additional conveniences like pharmaceutical deliveries scheduled to your door, going on light walks to keep your mobility up, and eating a healthy, nutritious diet will always matter. This will help you contend with the constant energy your children emit, being more than able to keep up with them.
Keep Up On Generational Divides
Your children are growing up into a different era than you did. Sometimes, this is a good thing, sometimes, it’s not. For example, most parents now have to moderate screen time and understand the impact of social media and video games more than ever, and so becoming familiar with those concepts is key. It’s also important to avoid casting judgement, even if some elements of modern culture can seem a little vapider than they used to be, you can still raise healthy, happy boys with a good set of principles you instil them with.
Be As Social As You Can
Age is often met with a reducing number of friendships, but the people you do stay connected to will often become closer and your relationships will be deeper. However, combine that with parental duties, and it’s not hard to become isolated after a little while. That’s why it’s important to reach out to relatives, to organize play dates, and to make sure you become a dependable presence – not just for the health of your boys but for your wellbeing as well. A nice social event, even if it’s small, can nurture your wellbeing and help you feel your best.
With this advice, you’re sure to look after your boys as an older parent. Never feel insecure about your age either – there’s nothing better for a parent to rely on than wisdom and perspective