Tenderness and Touching

Is too much tenderness bad for growing boys?

QUESTION: As boys reach kindergarten age, mothers should cease the tenderness and touching and soothing characteristically offered in earlier childhood:

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ANSWER

False. Mothers are often told that it is wrong for them to show these forms of caring and affection after a boy reaches a certain age. They may also experience rejection of their emotional support as boys pick up prevailing cultural machismo from others at school.

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