Boys (and men) like to feel useful
So let them
My neighbors’ sons adore me. Or, at least, I think they do. They don’t say much but if I call asking them to do me a favor, they are knocking on my door 2 minutes later.
One neighbor’s 12 year old sorta grunts; if pressed, he will say one or two words. Mostly he shrugs. He wears Tejano style leather cowboy boots along with worn shorts and hole filled t-shirts…