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Boys can certainly be thoughtful, kind and sensitive. They’re capable of immense empathy and compassion and they usually want to do the right thing.
Sadly, many boys aren’t given much opportunity to express these parts of themselves. With few exceptions, the “Boy Code” is alive and well. No matter the parenting approach, boys are learning unwritten rules like: Emotions other than anger are weak, girls are inferior, being smart isn’t cool, and act like you don’t care. In too many ways, they’re setting their sons up to fail. They often overlook the hurt inside many of the quiet boys and only pay attention when they act out. Tragically, boys account for 80% of youth suicides (girls attempt more, but boys complete more).
As the parent of a boy, I care deeply about this issue and want to do all I can to give him the best possible chance of being his full self, whatever that means for him.
An important part of the job as parents and caregivers is to broaden and reinforce to their sons that there are many ways to be a real boy or man. If you’re with me on this, I hope you’ll join me for this webinar.
The first 45 minutes will be recorded and a replay will be sent to you. The last 15 minutes will be an open discussion and Q and A with anyone who would like to participate. I’m a family therapist with a lot of experience but I’m also a parent that’s in the trenches with you, often fumbling and always learning.
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