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Are You Teaching Your Son Not to Cry?

It's one thing to try and distract your child when he falls on the playground to get him up and running again and another to expect him to contain his emotions. Yesterday, I was making a quick run into the grocery store to pick up juice bars for my whimpering son who had a sore throat and fever. As I took him out of the car, quiet tears were falling down his face and a nice man who had parked next to us smiled before kindly telling my three-year-old that "boys don't cry." I disagree, but the situation made me wonder what other parents are teaching their sons. What's your opinion?

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NyckieRocks NyckieRocks 7 years
We were out one day with our son and we saw a man telling his son that boys don't cry. It was my husband who later said to me, "We're not going to teach him that." I was so proud! My husband and I are both sensitive and emotional people, and I'm sure our son will follow suit.
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
I am just letting my son be. I am not encouraging him to cry nor am I telling him not to cry. I am not really a feminist but I don't want to teach my son that "boys don't cry" because I think that might teach him that girls do cry. I think crying is natural and it is okay for him to cry, and it's even okay to see mommy (and daddy) cry once in a while. I think that as he gets older, I want to teach him what is worth crying about, since I don't want him whining about everything, but I do want him to express himself naturally.
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