The saying, “Boys will be boys” historically came with a wink at young male hijinks, such as roughhousing or horseplay. In the context of education, sometimes the saying carried negative connotations for blithely forgiving those mild misbehaviors.
However, viewed more positively, “Boys will be boys” can express appreciation for their unique energy and the way it propels their growth, learning and contribution to our culture. Through that lens, it is important that there are places where boys can be boys.
Nobody can be an alpha all the time. But everyone can be a leader at some time. That means your son has the capacity for leadership, even if he does not start out as the biggest, strongest, fastest, most athletic, smartest, or most charismatic.
“Some people ask if you’re born with leadership or if it’s learned,” says noted leadership expert Col. Neil Hetherington, U.S. Army (ret.). “Becoming a leader takes a little bit of both. And, it can never be perfected. Every single day I still learn something new about leadership.”