High school is an interesting time for parents, as kids start relying more on friends and making independent decisions about their life, future and appearance. This is also a normal time for some rebellion. Since you Mustang is likely a serious athlete, you are lucky in that most of his rebellious behaviors will not be life threatening. One change many parents notice is an interest in growing a beard.
Should you discourage this? There is really no need to. The best you should do is show support by offering beard grooming tips and a jar of beard balm. The beard grooming tips are to ensure that he knows how to style the beard, and the beard balm to keep it healthy.
Worried about how a beard will affect his future in football? Ease those fears with a look at the stats of some famous beard sporting NFL players:
- The Broncos’ Tim Tebow has been known to go from a full on beard to just a bit of stubble around the chin. This constant change in style is much like his unconventional plays on the field.
- The 49ers’ Braylon Edwards has one of the neatest beards in the NFL. If your football playing son is not sure of a style, give him his beard grooming tips based on this one. Sideburns, mustache and beard all connect with perfect precision.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buffalo Bills is the epitome of rugged beard that depends on beard balm. The light colored hair on his face actually blends right in unless you are up close to him and can see it slowly creeping down his neck.
- It doesn’t seem like Ed Reed of the Ravens is shaving anything, let alone grooming his full facial beard and lathering it in beard balm. He seems to love the look though and has been sporting it on the field for years.
- Steer your son clear of the Cheifs’ Todd Haley, and his grow as you will approach to a beard. The guy may know how to put the right spin on a football, but he still has no appreciation for beard balm or a beard trimmer for that matter.
- The complete opposite can be said for the Colts’ center Jeff Saturday and his impeccably groomed beard on his baby face. That same precision he puts into a play shows in every whisker on his face.
When it comes right down to it, your high school aged son and his beard are the least of your worries. It is a phase, that can easily be removed. Just thank your lucky footballs that he hasn’t opted for a tattoo.