Did you know that saying the right thing when your son has failed at something is extremely important. When you allow your children to believe they can do or be anyone they want, you are allowing them to believe in themselves.
As both a social researcher who has interviewed and surveyed thousands of boys and a mom of a son, I’ve seen three common – and very harmful –things boys tend to believe about themselves.
Mom and Dad, keep an eye out for these lies, so you can knock down this nonsense whenever it rears its ugly head!
1. “I’m stupid.”
They may not say it out loud, but this thought is very common among boys. There’s a sneaky reason that boys are far more likely than girls to drop out of high school and avoid college today: without ever intending to, our educational system disproportionately discourages boys.
Boys are much less likely to thrive in today’s “sit still and listen” school environment, in part because boy brains often need movement to learn. So when wiggly little boys are required by well-intentioned (and mostly female) teachers to sit still, their brains often have a bit more difficulty grasping and retaining information.