Seven Things We Must Tell Our Sons
1. He can still be strong and cry: He needs to know that he can still be seen as strong but let his emotions show too. There is nothing wrong with crying and there is safety and comfort within your arms when he needs it.
2. You love him no matter what: Let him know that you love and accept him. Boys need to know, starting from a young age, that they have this from their parents. Tell him that you love him with words and actions even when he has behaved "badly". You are the first example of true acceptance for who he is...no matter what.
3. You are amazing: He needs to hear that if you had a choice out of all the boys in the world that you would choose him. Let him know that he is enough. He may try to spend his life trying to prove his value in all different areas he thinks give him value but if you let him know that him just being him is enough then he will know he is amazing.
4. Pink is not a "girl" color: Pink is just a color and if he likes it that is ok, it doesn't mean that he is "girly" or any less masculine. So if he wants that pink shirt, ball or toothbrush that is ok. If it doesn't matter to him then it doesn't matter to you either...and it shouldn't matter to anyone else.
5. Play, Draw, Paint, Create: Sports are not the only things that boys can do. He has a vast imagination that can create anything. Get out there and don't be afraid to express himself! Creating art lends great insight to an ever moving journey and encourages his individuality and expression. Go ahead, experiment!
6. Always keep moving forward: There are going to be times in his life when he feels stuck or feels like he has been pushed back. Don't let that stop him. Keep moving forward and know that if he ever needs a hand to help him out to that next step he will always have yours.
7. You are Superman: And with that he has the power to change the world. He needs to know that he is his own superhero and that nothing other than himself can hold him back. He is strong, he is intelligent and he can do anything, even if he needs your help (and let him know that he will always have it).