Hey, hey! Welcome back to the show! Today’s episode will be so helpful to anyone who has a boy in their life that they care about deeply.
David Thomas joins me today to talk about raising emotionally strong boys. He’s spent 25 years counseling boys and young men. After all, we live in a world that often bombards our boys with messages like “don’t feel” or “don’t ask for help.” Both are harmful messages and, unfortunately, ones that many of them absorb throughout their lifetimes.
Listen in as David and I discuss how we can best communicate with the boys (and even the men) in our lives, along with practical ways to help them develop new vocabulary and skills that will better serve them over time.
As the mom of five boys, you know I listened closely to David’s advice in this episode, my friends. Such wisdom!
David is the director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. He has co-authored ten books, including his two latest titles, Raising Emotionally Strong Boys and Strong and Smart: A Boy’s Guide to Building Healthy Emotions.
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Boys tend to have a less expansive emotional vocabulary which makes us think they have fewer emotions.
Somewhere around 9 to 10 boys instinctively begin to channel all emotions fear, sadness, confusion and disappointment into one emotion and that is anger.
Having side by side conversations rather than eye to eye. Even shame registers differently for us as males and too much eye to eye, where females can experience intimacy and connection, we males experience shame and threat in that.
Anger is a secondary emotion; there is always something going on beneath.
This evidence that Jesus felt all the things we are going to feel and had an emotional presence and strength in the midst of it. He also was a man who walked in intimate close relationships with a handful of men.
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