The beginning of manhood is one that is marked by becoming a faithful son. It includes a willingness to take responsibility, to be consistent and diligent in work, and to demonstrate mature decision-making. While there is not an absolute transition point whereby one day a boy suddenly becomes a man, the start of manhood is an occasion worthy of celebration. I submit that you will bless and inspire your son by having a time set aside to rejoice and celebrate his manhood at whatever stage you see the characteristics of manliness as outlined in God's Word developing in him by the grace of God.
In February 2009, we celebrated Jordan Jachim's entrance into manhood at age 14 by going out for a celebration dinner at Jordan's favorite restaurant (Macaroni Grill), followed by a very special time of showering him with significant and meaningful gifts starting with a beautiful and very well constructed captain's trunk made from rich walnut wood.
(This trunk was ordered from www.woodnu.com, where you will find a very fine selection of trunks, hope chests, and more.)
Inside the trunk was a very striking brass plaque, which was inscribed with Proverbs 24:3-4:
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.