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One of the greatest privileges a man can ever experience is to have a son, and one of the greatest privileges a son can ever experience is to have a father. God has blessed me personally with 3 sons, and they are three of the biggest joys of my life.

While I try to show them my love in many ways, one of the primary ways is through my words. As I’ve raised my boys, I’ve noticed how my words have a tremendous impact on them for either the good or the bad. Paul Lewis once said, “A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the home.” How true. For every father of a boy, here are 5 things every son needs to hear from his dad.

1. I love you.

No father should ever outgrow telling his son that he loves him. Because no son ever outgrows the need to hear it from his father. In a society that tries to paint men and boys as too macho to show or verbally express love, our sons need to see and hear what real love looks like from their fathers.

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