It’s never too early to begin preparing sons for manhood. What do men need? Self-control, patience, courage, obedience, joy, etc. So when your boys are young require them to practice self-control, patience, courage, obedience, joy, etc. This begins with small corrections of fits and screaming as infants, and as they become toddlers teaching them to control their bodies and emotions. If we want them to rule well as men, we must begin teaching them to rule their own bodies, emotions, and appetites when they are young. When they fall down, require them to be tough with pain. We gave our boys a quick moment of comfort and then quickly gave them the command, “show me tough,” to which they were required to growl and flex. When they are hungry and tempted to be grumpy, require them to be patient and joyful. If there are things that scare them, graciously require them to face those fears. I learned this before we had kids when I watched another young father do this with his toddler son who was afraid of a vacuum cleaner. I believe his son was required to kick the vacuum cleaner every time he saw it. I later did this with one of my sons who was afraid of going down the sliding pole on the school playground. Emotions and appetites are some of the strongest urges men feel, and so they must be taught to discipline them and rule them well from the earliest ages. When you are teaching your son to be tough and joyful when he has fallen down or hungry or tired, you are teaching him to be tough and joyful when temptation rears its head.