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Teaching boys the right values.
Start with language
It’s very important for parents to monitor the language their children use and the kind of language they are exposed to. Parents should take the time to intervene when their children come across sexist or generally negative remarks on radio or television.
Help him manage his emotions
Psychologists have noted that some qualities considered “manly” — stoic, calm, being in control — are usually repressive. Instead, teach your son to openly express his feelings. Get him to talk about his day and help him find solutions to his daily problems.
Instill respect for others
Teach your children to be respectful in their interactions with others. It’s also important for parents to set a good example. Treat other adults in your child’s life with respect.
Encourage your child to put himself in other people’s shoes. This could be done by playing the “what-if” game. Through this simple exercise, you’ll teach your child to consider the feelings of others.
Strengthen your child’s sense of self
Studies show that kids feel more accomplished when praised on how they do a task and for completing it rather than general kudos like: “I’m so proud of you”. Make it a practice to value your child’s good behaviour. Be sure to say thank you every time he helps out with household chores or displays positive attitudes.
When he’s young, hugs and kisses are openly received by your child. However,
he’d probably cringe when you show
affection in his adolescent years. If your child resists your gesture, that’s normal. What you can do, though, is choose the right time to show your affection. For example, give him a quick hug in the car before he dashes off to school. Boys need to experience warmth so that they become affectionate men later.
Fathers should set a good example
When it comes to raising boys, fathers have one distinct advantage over mothers. A father could relate to what his sons are going through. Thus, it’s very important
for fathers to be supportive of their sons
and spend some quality time with them. Apart from that, boys learn how to relate
to the fairer sex by watching their father.
If dad treats the women in his family right,
chances are the son will do the same too.
Bringing up boys
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