Why we should teach boys to show their emotions

Dan Pearce, Blogger and Single Dad, shares advice for parents on why it is so important to teach their son to show their emotions rather than bottle them up
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Why we should teach boys to show their emotions

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Big boys don't cry. This is one of the most false and damaging social notions that I know of when it comes to parenting. As a society and, even as parents, we teach our children that they shouldn't cry. They should bottle up their emotions. They should toughen up and not really deal with things. That's the problem. We teach our children not to deal with things. Our bodies were created in a way that they can take lots of stress, but they were also created in a way that they can expel the stress and get rid of the stress. So much of that will come through tears. That's why it's so important that dads teach their children it's not only okay to cry, but sometimes, crying is the only way you can properly deal with something.

Dan Pearce, Blogger and Single Dad, shares advice for parents on why it is so important to teach their son to show their emotions rather than bottle them up

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Dan Pearce

Blogger & Single Dad

Dan Pearce is the divorced father of four year old Noah, who came to him through adoption. Dan is also the author of The Real Dad Rules and Single Dad Laughing: The Complete Second Year, and his blog, Single Dad Laughing. When he started Single Dad Laughing in the summer of 2010, his then-wife had left his life almost as quickly as she’d come into it, and he was feeling about as valuable as a dollar-store sweater (and unraveling just as quickly). He started the blog because writing has always had the power to heal him in his darkest of moments. His goal is to spread worthwhile ways of looking at things. Before becoming a writer, Dan worked in retail, in the corporate world, and as an animal artist.

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