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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