We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Let me recommend a wonderful book which is dedicated to helping fathers raise their sons in the classic tradition of independence and risk-taking -- intelligent risk-taking, of course. It's called The Dangerous Book for Boys, by Conn and Hal Iggulden, a charming pair of Brits, and it not only contains descriptions of the classic games and challenges boys have been playing/doing for hundreds of years, it has wonderful descriptions of famous battles [Waterloo, Gettysburg et al] fun toys to make for yourself and your boy, essential skills like knot-tying, basic building skills and various kinds of strategy and tactics.
My husband was disappointed when we got our copy and it didn't include the art and use of rubber-guns, a very popular boy-game in the long twilights of the Southern summers, but it does talk about other games young boys can play which will help then to learn how to be men. If you check out Amazon, it will give you some of the history of the book's amazing success, both in Britain, where it was first published in 2006, IIRC, and this country.
Wonderful book to give as a gift to boys and their dads.