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Mother/Son 101: Smart Tips for Raising Boys

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teen boy struggling in school

Know When to Step In and When to Butt Out

As a mom, you manage a lot in your own life and your family's, so it's easy to get confused in your "Mama Bear" role and "fix" any problems or mistakes that arise. It's great that you want to protect your child, but try not to micromanage your son's life. If he gets a bad grade or has trouble with a teammate, talk with him about it first — don't pick up the phone to demand that his teacher change the grade or to report the problem to his coach. Pay attention to serious patterns — things like his grades dropping or his group of friends changing overnight — and talk with him about what's going on, what outcome he hopes for, and how you can support him. But remember that it's his life, and he'll learn a lot by rising to challenges himself.

Next: Don't Make Him the Man of the House


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