I'm not worried about my sons.
I'm not worried about the people that they will become or the way they will handle themselves in the next generation of men. I'm not worried about their future girlfriends, girls in their classes, or anyone else accusing them of being a sexual predator. I'm not worried about them not standing up for a woman that they witness being harassed, being put in an uncomfortable position or just needs someone to walk her safely home.
I'm not worried about them not knowing when they are coming on too strong, not knowing that no means no, or ever being anything other than gentlemen.
I'm not worried about them calling a woman a bitch, a slut, or anything else that is spat at victims of sexual assault.
I'm not worried about them not being able to prove that they are good people, with strong ethics and character.
I'm not worried.
I'm not worried because I'm their mom.
I'm not worried because their dad is their dad.
I'm not worried because I'm a strong, smart, independent woman - one that will be their primary source of how a woman should act like and carry herself.
I'm not worried because their dad is a caring, steady, and compassionate man - one that will be their primary source of how a man should act like and carry himself.
I'm not worried because I will teach them to respect women, to follow the lead of any girls they are interested in, but also not to be afraid to let their affections be known.
I'm not worried because their dad will teach them to respect women, to follow the lead of any girls they are interested in, but also to teach them that there is a fine line between showing interest and coming on too strong.
I'm not worried because they will see me carry myself with the knowledge that being a woman in this world can be scary, but that I have a voice that I will always use when and if the time comes.
I'm not worried because they will see their dad treat their mom with kindness, compassion and in the highest regard as both the mother of his children and also his partner in this life.
I'm not worried because my own dad, their grandpa, showed me how a man should honor his wife, protect his daughters, and guide his son to be a good man.
I'm not worried because their dad's mom, their grandma, was also a strong, opinionated, independent woman and showed her own sons that women are equal and to be respected.
I'm not worried because I know that other women of my generation that are also raising sons, will teach them all of these things as well.
I'm not worried because I know that other women of my generation that are raising daughters, will teach them to speak up, be strong, and be honorable women.
I'm not worried because I was given these boys - to nurture, to comfort, to teach, to love, to discipline, to guide, to encourage, to support, and to show them what a woman with a strong mind, a kind soul, and a voice that will never be afraid to shout out looks like.
I may worry about the kind of world they will grow up into, but I for one, am not worried about the sort of men they will become.
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