As Father’s Day looms closer, I can’t help but reflect on the vital role that fathers play in the development of young men, and it starts more often than not with first learning how to shave.
I think back to when I started to grow facial hair (a really long time ago), and how excited I was to start shaving just like my Dad. My Dad wasn’t as cool as I am (he uses an electric razor), and I poke fun at him every now and then. But this theme still holds true today.
Teaching our young men to take good care of their face and having a man movement - a bearded lady moment if you will - is the bedrock of having successful days that build a successful life.
Sounds a little far-fetched? I don’t think so.
Think back to college (or high school for you younger men out there), and remember rushing out the door late for an important test, exam, quiz, or whatever. More often than not, putting those conditions on ourselves results in not preforming at our peak. Establishing good habits that build towards success starts with their grooming routine.
Teach your young men to shave at the first signs of interest. At the very least, if they’re too young, buy them a shaving toy and let them participate in the routine. Put the effort into your morning routine and make sure your young man sees that. It will influence and inspire far beyond your expectations.
If you’re not into shaving or you wear a long beard, then show your young man how to maintain a beard. Give them some harmless product to use so they can participate in your morning routine, too.
If you don’t wet shave but want to switch, maybe you and your young man can learn and try different products together. The sky is the limit.
If we are going to raise the next generation of men in this crazy world, I contend that it starts with grooming. Teaching good grooming habits will lead to higher self-confidence, better relationships, better social skills, and most importantly, respect for themselves and others.