Although we wish we were no longer in a gender-biased world, there are still many times when boys are expected to act a certain way. Fathers can help their sons learn how to build confidence in themselves and accept who they are. Boys appreciate when their fathers applaud their sons’ interests and attitudes and it builds a strong father-son bond.
Tips for Fathers who Want to Teach Their Sons to Be Themselves
The bottom line is not only to teach your son that you accept him as he is, but to also build the father-son bond even if the two of you have different temperaments. Gender doesn’t close off certain behaviors or expressions of ideas. When a son knows his father feels this way, he builds his self-esteem and feels his father’s pride.
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Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst with specialized clinical training in infant-parent, child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy. She has been on the faculties of New York University and the Society for Psychoanalytic Study and Research, among others.
She has written extensively on parenting for various publications, including the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, The International Journal of Infant Observation, The Inner World of the Mother, Newsday’s Parents & Children Magazine, Long Island Parent.
She also wrote her popular column, PARENTAL INTELLIGENCE, at Moms Magazine and has been a parenting expert for numerous publications such as Good Housekeeping.. She currently writes for Active Family Magazine (San Francisco) and blogs for Huffington Post.
Her new book is Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior.
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