There's a lot of joking around about how simple men are. However, boys do crave emotional connections and want to be accepted for who they are. Howard Hiton and Stephen Grant, founders of Bam!, a boys advocacy and mentoring program, shared how to help boys make better connections.
Some of their tips include:
* being aware of social pressures on boys: help them out of the box
*shoot baskets first, talk later- in other words, ease them into talking about themselves and their feelings by participating in an activity they enjoy
*encourage directness: help them relate to people
*encourage regulation: teach boys to be respectfully active
*notice the good: see boys as something other than problems
For more information about raising boys, check out Howard and Stephen's book BAM!