Healthy Masculinity This Father’s Day
Parenthood is hard and there’s no one way to go about raising a family. Below is our take on five ways to help fathers raise sons who can embrace healthy masculinity this Father’s Day. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments as well, because all it takes is one kid who loves and listens to change the world.
- Encourage Expression. It’s important for men to understand that vulnerability is a strength. Feelings are worth sharing and communication that begins from an early age allows for deeper, meaningful connections throughout one’s life. This skill extends beyond conversations between your son and you to include their future relationships as well.
- Embrace Differences. Your son’s ideas and hopes for the future are valuable, even if they differ from your own. Admiring your son for who they are, what they find beautiful and interesting will teach them to do the same for others.
- Listen to Your Gut. When it comes to parenting, there can be a lot of noise. It is important to come back to your own understanding of what it means to be a good parent. As you may know, “it takes a village to raise a child” so when in doubt, ask a friend or as we’ve all heard, google it out.
- Teach them The Power of Being Uncomfortable. While you may be tempted to provide your son with everything necessary to be successful, mental and physical challenges help children grow up into being self sufficient and ultimately happiest. Remind them that being uncomfortable isn’t necessarily bad, rather, it’s a time of growth and learning. Whether about love, loss, race or religion, all conversations are important. Resilience is a skill that leads you through tough times and will help them emerge stronger.
- Teach Love. So much of what we learn is not spoken, rather, it’s observed. Remember this: your son will show compassion to others if they see you showing love, whether it’s to your partner, a stranger or your friends.
We couldn’t forget a father that means the world to us. Leading through example, he has taught us to be strong, kind and to always to be an ally. You likely don’t even need to look him up, because he’s already a bit Facebook famous. He’s a true Mister. Happy Father’s Day Dr. (Adam) Goldstein.
It’s hard to follow in your footsteps. But we hope these tips help out.
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