Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Dr. John chats with Amy about parenting boys in this day and age where boys are often expected to act like little girls - quiet, restrained, and self-reflective. We've discussed the disservice we’ve done to our boys and men by shaming them into suppressing their feelings. After being shamed numerous times with looks of contempt and disgust, suppressing emotions becomes automatic. Once their behavior is automatic, then boys have two choices to respond to a perceived threat – silence or violence. They either get very quiet, withdraw or lash out physically.

Some boys have a terribly hard time managing their anger due to ADHD or simply to the fact that boys have more physical energy than girls.
So the question is how do you deal with this energy level particularly in the classroom? Tune in to find out.

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