7. Help them set goals for their life. Dream with them about the plans God has for their life. Open the world to them by reading stories about men who were heros of the faith, men of integrity, and men who stood up for what they believed in, no matter what it cost them. Give them something to work toward, both in their careers and in their character.

8. Ask them for forgiveness. When you sin against them, go to them and admit your sin. Tell them you’re sorry and ask for forgiveness. Make a big, sincere production of it and don’t wait to be asked. Boys need to see men humbling themselves and confessing sin, admitting when they’re wrong and asking for forgiveness.

9. Guard your eyes. Don’t allow them to see you lusting after another woman. If you’re single, respect the women you bring into their lives in front of them. Teach them what it means to be committed to one woman for the rest of their lives.

10. Be their hero…a good man worth their love and devotion. Protect them, cherish them, save the day. Live your life in such a way that your sons will want to be just like you.

Be a good man. Fight hard for your sons. Make the choice today.

Article first appeared on The MOB Society. Used with permission.

Brooke McGlothlin is a a writer, word-prayer, photo-taker, and boy-raiser who knows that if God doesn’t show up, nothing happens. She's the mom of two young boys who leave her desperate for God’s grace, and is married to the man she’s had a crush on since the third grade. She’s the Editor and Co-founder of the MOB Society (FOR moms of boys, BY moms of boys), author of Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most, Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess, and creator of the 21 Days of Prayer for Sons.You can find her writing at her personal blog, Brooke McGlothlin.com.

Publication date: June 11, 2013