#1 thing every parent must know when raising boys
On the Boys to Men episode of The Ricki Lake Show, Ricki and our experts discussed the growing success of smart, determined girls. But what does that mean for our boys? She asked our experts to share their #1 tips for raising boys. Here's what they said...
Don't expect boys to act like girls. Boys have a great sense of humor, don’t over think things and have a lot of energy. Cherish them and appreciate them for giving us balance. — Dr. Wendy Mogul, author of The Blessing of a B Minus
In addition to having a healthy adult male role model, attachment starts at the point of discipline. The male brain is not wired to perceive risk til 25 years old (maybe 28-30). It's important to set boundaries— he'll respect you, creating a happier relationship. Dr. David Swanson, author of Help—My Kid is Driving Me Crazy
It's not our job to make them happy, it's our job to make them prepared. Don’t give applause for showing up, applause comes when there's an accomplishment (although there should always be lots of love, even just for showing up). Don't give, make them earn. – Judge Lynn Toler ("Divorce Court")
[To teen boy in the audience] You must stay in school. Someday, you'll be competing against those high achieving girls . As Dr. Martin Luther King said, "Learn baby learn, so you can earn baby earn." —Award-winning journalist/legal analyst, Lisa Bloom, author of Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture
What's your #1 tip for raising boys? Share in the comments!