Today we’re going to add onto the activities that every boy should engage in. This time however, we’re going to focus on activities that are more mental than physical.
These activities are great for boys for a variety of reasons including being able to practice them regardless of the season or weather and they will help round out your son’s development. After all, what good is a strong body without a strong mind?
Learning an instrument is a great pastime for boys. Some take to it with enthusiasm while others (ie-me) aren’t so keen on the idea. The benefits however, are outstanding.
Not only will your son learn to read music, but they will be developing their fine motor skills, and their focus and discipline. Not only that, but they will have a hobby that they can enjoy their entire life and entertain others with.
While any instrument will work, there’s not much that beats the piano in my humble opinion. Learning to play the piano will greatly increase the dexterity of your fingers. The piano is also incredibly adaptable and can be used for many occasions. If you need a different sound than a classic piano, many electronic models provide different music styles to choose from.
It’s also hard to go wrong with learning the guitar…just saying.
Chess is the classic game of strategy. While many other strategy games have come and gone over the years, nothing has come close to the popularity and longevity that Chess has enjoyed.
Chess will teach your son how to plan many moves in advance (ie-long-term thinking), develop and execute strategies and tactics, and learn to adapt when your plan doesn’t work. There’s also studies that show that regularly playing Chess increases your IQ. I’m not sure how valid of a claim that is, but it definitely wouldn’t surprise me!
If you don’t know how to play Chess, that’s fine too. You and your son can learn together and match wits at night after his homework is done or when it’s a rainy weekend.
Cheap Chess sets can be purchased online or you can even play for free on Chess.com.
Oftentimes we focus so much on developing practical skillsets in the red pill community that we neglect the value of exercising our creative muscles.
I’m using art as a bit of a catchall since there are so many mediums to work in:
These are just to name a few, but really anything that flexes your creative muscles can work.
When I was in middle and high school, I used to draw ALL. THE. TIME. My focus was insane and would spend hours or even days working on a single project. Some even earned me awards at the County Fair.
Find some form of art that your son enjoys and let him go to town. If he enjoys writing, encourage that and help him create his own books.
If he spends a lot of time painting a picture, frame it and hang it up in your house.
So we’ve covered ways to help young boys develop both physically and mentally. What else are we missing? What other awesome activities have we left out?
Leave them in the comments below.