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Mother/Son 101: Smart Tips for Raising Boys

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Ditch the "Tough Guy" Stereotype


Many parents expect their sons of all ages to be Mr. Tough Guy with a "thicker skin" than girls. The fact is, it's healthy for boys and men to cry and show emotions like love, sadness, grief, and fear rather than bottle them up inside. There's no such thing as male emotions and female emotions — we're all human. Also, society leads us to believe that boys shouldn't play with dolls, play dress-up, take dance lessons, or participate in anything that isn't "rough and tumble." Allow your son to explore and enjoy all kinds of activities, just as you might with a daughter who's a "tomboy."

Next: Discipline Him Wisely

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