Developmental research has shown that there are significant differences between how people talk to boys and how they talk to girls. We know this is especially true when it comes to addressing emotions. Old-school thinking suggested that boys should be taught to be tough and suppress emotions in order to succeed in the world, but recent findings contradict this approach, with the research clearly showing that emotional health promotes resiliency. So how can we change the way we talk to boys?
"We can start... by letting boys experience their emotions, all of them, without judgment — or by offering them solutions. This means helping them learn the crucial lessons that 'Emotions aren’t good or bad' and that 'their emotions aren’t bigger than they are. They aren’t something to fear.'"
Check out the full NY Times article on this topic!