My wife says I’m too rough on our son, but I’m just trying to make a man out of him. He’s six and cries at the drop of a dime when anything gets to him. She says he’s just being a little boy, but as his father I can tell that if I don’t do something about this now he’ll be that kid who’s picked on at school. He’s going to be a man and he can’t always just be acting out, you feel me? How can I toughen him up without being so “rough” with him?
***Vincent, your son is six–that’s not old at all. He hasn’t even lived an eighth of his life yet. Allow me to tell you this, as men society does us the great disservice of not allowing us to be human. “Conceal, don’t feel…” is the mantra forced fed to us as boys. This forces us to keep everything and every emotion to ourselves. Many of us fail to learn to love and show love, make any real connections with others, and greatly shorten our lives from the burden and stress of keeping everything in. This is no way to live. Let your son feel but do for him what might not have been done for you and teach him to control and positively express him emotions. Putting him on a team sport would be an excellent way to accomplish this. Vincent, being a good parent means ensuring your child has all of your strengths and none of your weaknesses. Place his emotional needs before your ego. It’s not a good look.
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