Boys are raised in an environment that expects them to be tough and to take risks to prove their manhood. They can become divorced from emotions except for anger in order to avoid being seen as weak or ‘like a girl’.
On behalf of Parenting SA, Dr Justin Coulson, nationally recognised parenting speaker, author and researcher, discusses the ‘boy code’ and its impact on boys from an early age. He provides tips for parents on how to help boys reframe the boy code so they are not constrained by it. This includes helping them with emotions, boundaries and developing respectful relationships. He also encourages parents to not blame boys themselves but to change the culture that creates the boy code.
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