Walk Like a Man
How to Raise Your Son to Be a Great Guy
Your son loved your hugs and kisses when he was little. Once he hit adolescence? Not so much. It's normal for boys this age to begin separating from Mom in order to establish independence, says Kindlon. But remember, men who freely give affection grew up getting it, so find ways to show it to your son—even if he acts like he doesn't want you to.
How to Do It
• Time it right. If your son resists, then choose your moments carefully. He'll likely be embarrassed if you try to kiss him in front of his pals, but a quick peck as he heads to bed or a brief hug when he's feeling down lets him know you care without crowding him. "Boys need and want the caring touch that a mother provides, even if they don't always show it," says Kindlon. "Boys need to experience that physical tenderness if they are to become affectionate men later."
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