This is a first for my blog and thoroughly exciting: a guest post by Amy Herbst, educator, counselor and author, and most importantly, mom to two boys. You can visit her site here and purchase her book here. Enjoy!
Today it seems our sons are bombarded with so many influences coming at them left and right of mixed messaging about being a ‘good boy’. Further confusion from parenting strategies that have swung from strict and authoritarian to passive or free-range over the last 50 years. It can be difficult to know what’s the best approach as we are raising our sons to be healthy and confident young men and can feel like unchartered territory. Considering that for our school-age sons, approximately half of their waking hours are spent in school, you do everything you can as a parent to raise your son to do well and make good choices outside of your home. So when conflict or struggle happens or if his behavior goes sideways, then it must be some other kids’ fault or their teacher’s and you blame the school right? WRONG!