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Secrets To Raising Respectful Boys

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Encourage Empathy
Parents can use situations in books, TV, and movies or even their own made-up scenarios to help their sons role play showing empathic concern. Boys need to understand the relationship between feelings and behaviors — how does the person feel and why and what might make them feel better?

Perspective-taking is a difficult skill, but it can help them understand in the future why women and girls might feel unsafe in certain situations and environments and how to put them at ease (e.g. do not approach a woman alone in a parking garage).