5 Tips for Raising Emotionally Balanced Boys
Girls aren't the only ones growing up amid unhealthy gender stereotypes. Here are five simple ways to help your boy stay balanced in a "Be a man" and "Boys don't cry" kind of world.
4. Practice (and Preach) Empathy
Help your son explore and navigate his emotions by talking about—and empathizing with—others. When you see another child crying, say, “Sammy seems sad right now. Do you ever feel sad?” Do this with positive feelings, too.
5. Follow His Lead
Provide creative, gender-neutral toys for your child. Basic blocks, art supplies, and musical toys will inspire hours of fun for boys and girls alike. There’s no need to steer your son away from an interest in trains, of course, as long as you equally support his interest in dolls, if dolls are his thing.
“We let our son choose the toys and games he wants to play with, whether it’s cooking, gardening, building, painting, singing, and so on,” says Caitlin Harris Moore, a mom of two in Austin, Texas. “He does love trucks a lot! But he also loves Angelina Ballerina.”
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